Meridian-Kessler is a residential neighborhood located about 4 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. It is bounded on the north by Kessler Boulevard, on the east by Broadway, on the south by 38th Street and to the west by Meridian Street. Beginning in the very late 1890s, a few wealthy individuals built a smattering of country estates along Meridian Street. The neighborhood population boomed beginning in the early 1920s, and the area became one of the most prestigious addresses in Indianapolis. Wealthy individuals built grand homes along Meridian Street, Pennsylvania Street, and Washington Boulevard. In 1965, the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association was formed to unify the neighborhood and protect its unique character.
Meridian-Kessler predominately remains a neighborhood community. There are a few areas such as 49th and Penn that offer dining, florists and other amenities. Residents general travel outside the area for entertainment.