Check out the front page of USA Today to see Haya El Nasser’s feature article highlighting Carmel, Indiana. On the heels of being ranked #1 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine, Carmel is being recognized as a “small town thinking big.” The Indiana Design Center is proud to be a part of this recognition as it, too, was highlighted in the article and had the pleasure of welcoming Nasser to the facility in September.
“Brainard’s plan was ambitious: Take the 1-square-mile “Old Town” heart of the old Quaker village and rebuild the streets, add brick sidewalks and antique-style street lighting and create the Arts & Design District. The Indiana Design Center — a decorators’ showroom for trade buyers and the public — opened and draws people from Indianapolis and beyond. Art galleries, restaurants and lifelike J. Seward Johnson sculptures line Main Street. Upscale condos occupy second and third floors.”
The Indiana Design Center & City of Carmel
Carmel was not known as a design hub before the creation of the Arts & Design District. As Mayor Brainard was redeveloping Carmel’s Old Town core from a very neglected and run down part of town into the Arts & Design District, he intentionally added the word “design” because he knew that pairing that part of the industry with the arts world would better serve the long term economic development goals of the area. To fulfill that goal, Mayor Jim Brainard made The Indiana Design Center (IDC) part of the master plan for the redevelopment of Old Town Carmel into the Arts & Design District. Pedcor partnered with the City of Carmel as the private developer to build and manage the IDC. Having so many of the state’s top designers, resources and artists, from diverse parts of the industry, under one roof has established IDC as the premier destination for the design industry in the Midwest and greatly increased the value of the District as a whole.