Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shelter Vacates Historic Home On Sheridan Due To Budget Cuts

4506 N. Sheridan, formerly the "Neon Street" shelter by Heartland Alliance
Heartland Alliance is no longer operating its "Neon Street" shelter out of 4506 N. Sheridan. Due to budget cuts, Heartland has moved the shelter to another scattered site that is less costly to operate. Panels have put up around the first floor to protect the property. No word on what Heartland plans to do with this building, which has had an interesting past.

The home was built in 1902 for Julius H. Holsher and was designed by famed architect George W. Maher, who designed many homes in Uptown. It later served as the McCready Funeral home and had a morbid tie to gangster John Dillinger when his body was brought here to be embalmed and thousands of people rushed to this spot to catch a glimpse of his coffin as he returned to Indiana for his wake.

If this home eventually goes on the market, it will join another single family home just to the north at 4516 N. Sheridan that currently is listed as "contingent."


  1. How wonderful to see these two, maybe more homes return to their original glory as single family homes. Uptown certainly needs these back on the tax rolls, and as housing for larger families.

  2. Agree, Mike. This is a wonderful old house, and I'm sure that there are many eager prospective buyers who would love to restore it to its former beauty.

    1. I betcha an investor buys it and fashions it as an airbnb house.

  3. Across from the house, the Unique site seems prime for redevelopment. Town homes, perhaps? (Hope, hope.)