Indiana Landmarks today announced its 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy.
"Our mission is to save meaningful places, and this is a list of ten important places in greatest danger of being lost," says Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit preservation organization. "All of these places are full of memories and meaning and revitalization potential."
The sites that achieve 10 Most Endangered status are significant and irreplaceable—and often challenging to save. "These landmarks preserve connections to our shared heritage and restoring them can spur broader revitalization," Davis adds. Indiana Landmarks uses the Most Endangered list to bring attention to the imperiled sites and find solutions that will ensure their preservation.
Since the first 10 Most Endangered list in 1991, Indiana Landmarks counts only 12 losses among 92 historic places in severe jeopardy that have appeared on the list. The 2013 10 Most Endangered list includes seven new entries and three landmarks making repeat appearances (see addendum for more details).
New on the list:
Repeating from 2012 list:
The prospects of seven places on the 2012 Most Endangered list improved enough that Indiana Landmarks removed the critical label:
House of Tomorrow, Beverly Shores (listed in 2012) has a shot at restoration with an agreement in the works between Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Jeffersonville Masonic Hall (listed in 2012) remains in limbo pending resolution of legal and insurance issues, but the city supports saving the landmark.
Sylvan Springs, Rome City (listed in 2011) found a buyer for a portion of the site who will restore the historic dairy barn as a winery and reception venue. The remainder of the historic buildings still needs a preservation-friendly buyer.
Taggart Memorial, Riverside Park, Indianapolis (listed in 2011) has new roof, thanks to a task force that raised the money and is working in partnership with IndyParks to pursue more improvements
Tyson Auditorium, Versailles (listed in 2011) was purchased by locals who banded together and formed a nonprofit to operate the facility
Wilkinson House, Muncie (listed in 2012) found a buyer who is restoring it
American House, Centerville (listed in 2012) was purchased by preservation-friendly buyers
To find out more about each of the 10 Most Endangered, visit www.indianalandmarks.org or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.
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