2600 Shelby Street
Garfield Park is one of 12 Indianapolis parks interconnected by a system of parkways and boulevards, created by renowned German-American landscape architect George Kessler. (At 3,400 acres, the system is one of the largest listings on the National Register of Historic Places.) Although Garfield Park’s origins date to the 1870s, the city’s hiring of Kessler in 1908 marked a period of comprehensive development of the park’s distinctive drives, walks and bridges. The Sunken Gardens are an outstanding surviving example of Kessler’s work. Its formal parterre, designed in 1913 in conjunction with the conservatory’s terrace, features extensive planting beds and water features with fountains. The Pagoda, a beloved shelter house, is one of the city’s oldest park structures.