The discovery of vast natural gas reserves in the 1880's in the Muncie area attracted businesses that could take advantage of the cheap source of energy. Most notably, the Ball brothers moved their famous Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing company in Muncie. With the influx of new money and citizens, the downtown core could no longer provide enough land for residential development. The local developers at the time then looked east and what is now known as the East Central Neighborhood was born.
The new industrialists in the city constructed many of the early homes. As a consequence, these homes were often large and ornate. By the time the gas reserves were largely exhausted in the early 1900's, the size of the newer homes were smaller and less grand. This history created the eclectic mix of housing sizes and styles in the neighborhood.
As the bulk of the houses in the neighborhood were constructed in the 1880's and 1890's the predominate style of architecture was Victorian. Later infill construction provided some Arts and Crafts homes.