[It is difficult to separate people from the structures they construct and inhabit. There are numerous historic properties that survive many years beyond the lifetimes of the folks that created them. Indiana Landmarks Foundation tries to preserve some of the most significant of these. Do any of the following places feature in your ancestors’ lives? Did they build them or own them? Did they visit them often? I noted that two Indianapolis sites are on the list now. If they are important features of your family history, you might want to join in to save them.]
Indiana Landmarks Announces Its 10 Most Endangered
An annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy.
Circumstances that land properties on among the 10 Most Endangered generally involve one or more of the following factors: demolition threat, abandonment, neglectful owner, dilapidation, obsolete use, lack of money for repairs, unreasonable above-market sale price, out-of-the-way location, or encroaching sprawl.
“Indiana Landmarks works to save vintage places well before the eleventh hour, but sometimes very important structures reach a dire point, and calling attention to them via the 10 Most Endangered list helps rescue them,” says Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. “They’re not lost causes. All have the potential for revival and reuse.”
Since the first 10 Most Endangered in 1991, 104 historic places in severe jeopardy have appeared on the list, with only 13 lost to demolition. This year’s list includes seven new entries and three landmarks making repeat appearances.
New on the 10 Most Endangered list:
I.O.O.F - United Brethren Block, Huntington
Former First Presbyterian Church and Lafayette Building, South Bend
Camp Chesterfield, Chesterfield
McCurdy Hotel, Evansville
Rivoli Theater, Indianapolis
Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis
Elks Building, Bedford
Repeating from the 2014 list:
Mills House, Greenwood
McDonald House, Attica
Indiana County Homes