Background: Hantzsch 1,4-dihydropyridines (Hantzsch1,4-DHP) have been extensively utilized as the analogs of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) coenzyme to study the mechanism and various redox processes. During the redox processes 1,4-DHP systems undergo transformation into the corresponding pyridine derivatives through oxidation. Consequently, the interest in this aromatization reaction, investigation of a wide range of 1, 4-DHPs continues to attract the attention of researchers. Herein, we report the preparation of pyridine derivatives and the crystal structures determined by X-ray crystallographic methods.Results: The crystal structures and conformational studies of two organic compounds, namely ethyl 2-methyl-4-phenyl-5-oxo-5H-indeno [1,2-b] pyridine-3-carboxylate (I) and ethyl 2-methyl-4-(4 chlorophenyl)-5-oxo-5H-indeno [1,2-b] pyridine-3-carboxylate (II) are reported. The terminal ethyl group of the compound I is disordered over two positions with the refined occupancies of 0.645 & 0.355 and C8 one dimensional zig-zag chain running along 101 direction through C-H..O type of intermolecular interactions. In the compound II, C-H..O interactions connect the molecules to form an R2 2 (16) dimer running along 011 direction.Conclusion: The crystal structures ethyl 2-methyl-4-phenyl-5-oxo-5H-indeno [1,2-b] pyridine-3-carboxylate and ethyl 2-methyl-4-(4 chlorophenyl)-5-oxo-5H-indeno [1,2-b] pyridine-3-carboxylate have been investigated in detail. The terminal ethyl group of compound I is disordered. In compound II, the substitution of Cl atom in the phenyl ring alters the configuration of carboxylate group with respect to the pyridine indane ring. © 2014 Pandian et al.; licensee Chemistry Central Ltd.