Indiana Landmarks Awards Grants – Inside INdiana Business

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Cades Mill Covered Bridge (photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

Indiana Landmarks has awarded more than $ 140,000 to help nonprofits and cities save significant places. The grants support efforts ranging from architectural assessments and repairs to digital tours and summer youth programs.

“Indiana Landmarks offers grants to help stimulate community revitalization and strengthen preservation projects statewide,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. “We are extremely grateful that with the support of many generous donors, we are able to provide this essential support to local preservation groups. “

African American Heritage Grants

The grants help preserve and promote awareness of African-American historic places in Indiana. The committee awarded four grants:

  • Ball State University: $ 1,000 to co-sponsor a virtual lecture by Brent Leggs, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
  • Fox Lake Preservation Foundation, Angola: $ 2,500 for a state historic marker in the African American resort community.
  • Freeman Army Airfield Museum, Seymour: $ 2,000 for a state historic marker recognizing the 1945 uprising of African American soldiers against a segregated white officer club.
  • Madame Walker Legacy Center, Indianapolis: $ 2,000 for general support for the 1927 Madame Walker Building.

Grants for endangered places of the Efroymson family

Efroymson Family Endangered Places grants facilitate architectural and structural assessments, rehabilitation cost analysis, reuse studies, and fundraising planning. Indiana Landmarks awarded 14 grants totaling $ 36,100.

  • Baugo Community Schools, Elkhart: $ 2,500 to study the feasibility of converting the 1929 Jimtown gymnasium into a community center.
  • City of Muncie: $ 2,500 for a condition assessment that will help Big Four Rail Park, Inc. prioritize the rehabilitation needs of the 1920 Big Four Freight House.
  • Town of Muncie: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study that will help the economic redevelopment of the Old West End to determine if the c.1910 house located at 719 W. Charles St. can be rehabilitated into affordable housing.
  • City of Union City: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study and restoration plan for Governor Isaac Gray’s house in 1869.
  • Daviess County Historical Society, Washington: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study at the Daviess County Museum, located in the 1868/1888 Masonic Temple.
  • Destination Georgetown, Georgetown: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study and assessment of conditions at the Endangered Hotel 1835 Wolfe.
  • Fountain County Landmarks, Inc., Attica: $ 3,500 for a structural analysis of the 1854 Cades Mill Covered Bridge near Veedersburg, Indiana’s oldest covered bridge at its original site.
  • Greene County: $ 2,500 for a structural analysis of the 1883 Richmond-Plummer Creek Covered Bridge, damaged by arson.
  • Henry Henley Public Library, Carthage: $ 1,600 for a feasibility study at the Carthage Public Library in 1902.
  • Indiana Manufactured Housing and Recreation Vehicle Legacy Foundation, Seymour: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study at the 1940 Shields Memorial Gymnasium, an entry on the 2021 list of Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered.
  • Restoration of the Richmond neighborhood: $ 3,500 to study the feasibility of rehabilitating the approximately 1890 building located at 720-724 Main Street East into a mixed-use development.
  • Town of Oolitic: $ 2,500 to update a 2007 structural assessment of Oolitic High School from 1919/1936.
  • Town of Milltown: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study at the 1905 First National Bank, which houses the town hall.
  • Zoar United Methodist Church, Dubois County: $ 2,500 for a feasibility study for a one-room school built in 1897.

Historical Preservation Education Grants

Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Humanities jointly provide grants to nonprofit organizations for programs and materials that educate the public about historic places. The organizations granted $ 33,285 to fund 14 projects:

  • Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis Presidential Site: $ 2,500 to update the Delaware Street Historic Walking Tour brochure highlighting the history and architectural styles of the buildings still standing and demolished along Delaware Street between 12th and 16th street.
  • Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery, Beverly Shores: $ 2,360 to develop a heritage trail with markers at significant historic sites, with QR codes providing information about the history and significance of each site.
  • LaPorte Historic Preservation Commission, LaPorte: $ 2,250 to produce a coloring and activity book featuring LaPorte’s historic sites to distribute to area schools.
  • City of Madison: $ 2,500 to create QR codes and a brochure featuring the history and photos of 11 historic sites in the community.
  • Downtown Angola Coalition, Angola: $ 2,500 to install plaques and produce a walking tour brochure sharing the history of downtown buildings.
  • Fox Lake Preservation Foundation, Angola: $ 925 to develop a brochure sharing the history of the historic African American resort community, highlighting its historic buildings and sharing information about the foundation.
  • The History Museum, South Bend: $ 2,500 to develop programming to educate the public about electrical upgrades being made at historic Oliver Mansion in 2019.
  • The Heart of Lebanon, Lebanon: $ 2,500 to create a self-guided digital tour showcasing historic properties in the city’s courthouse plaza.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art / Newfields, Indianapolis: $ 2,500 to develop a self-guided digital tour of the museum’s historic Lilly House.
  • Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis: $ 2,500 for a public event celebrating the museum’s inauguration as a literary monument, with free tours of the museum building to share its history and the importance of the Indiana Avenue neighborhood where he is.
  • Landmark Columbus Foundation, Columbus: $ 2,500 to help create a website and event to raise awareness of the design history and preservation needs of the early Christian church in 1942.
  • Marian University, Indianapolis: $ 2,500 to create an online repository on the work of landscape architect Jens Jensen in Riverdale, the Allison family estate on the college campus, as well as the architect’s other landscapes in Indiana.
  • Michigan Road Historical Association, Plymouth: $ 2,500 to develop a traveling exhibit telling the story of the historic road.
  • The Quilters Hall of Fame, Marion: $ 2,500 to create a virtual tour of the museum, located in the historic home of 20th century quilt designer Marie Webster, to educate visitors about her work and home.

Marion County Historic Preservation Fund

  • Aspire Higher Foundation, Indianapolis: $ 5,000 for a preservation plan for the Old Indianapolis No.9 Fire Hall from 1897.
  • Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis: $ 5,000 for commercial real estate appraisals for vacant plots of land in the 700 block of Indiana Avenue.
  • Great Towns, Inc., Indianapolis: $ 5,000 to support a Great Towns Preservation Corps Demonstration Project, a program that introduces students to historic preservation.
  • Indiana Landmarks: $ 9,000 to help with the interior rehabilitation of the 1922 Willis and Beulah Kinnear House in Indianapolis.
  • Hebrew Congregation of Indianapolis, Indianapolis: $ 5,000 grant to help restore the 1898 Deitch Gate, decorative iron entrance gates leading to the Jewish cemetery on the south side.
  • Irvington Historical Society, Indianapolis: $ 4,000 to replace the entrance doors to the 1903 Bona Thompson Memorial Center with alternatives that more closely match the original bronze doors long missing in the historic building, originally the Butler University Library.

Indiana Sacred Places Grants

Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places program provided $ 32,500 to congregations for architectural studies, repairs and rehabilitation of historic places of worship:

  • Brazil First United Methodist Church, Brazil: $ 25,000 for repairs to the 1900 church.
  • St. Rita Catholic Church, Indianapolis: $ 7,500 for a 1959 church feasibility study.
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