Cannelton listed on Indiana most endangered list

Cannelton listed on Indiana most endangered list

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -The historic district of Cannelton recently landed on the Indiana Landmarks top ten most endangered list.

The cities Mayor, Mary Snyder, tells 14 news she is working hard to figure out the best course of action for the district.

“It’s a sad situation that we’re in, but our downtown has been neglected for, I would say 20-years,” said Barbara Beard.

Barbara Beard is the secretary of an organization called Renew Cannelton.

A group of individuals who are passionate about restoring and saving the historic district.

She says being on this list may not be a bad thing.

“It will draw attention to our plight and hopefully draw in some investors interest, and so, I was excited about it,” said Barbara.

The group’s president, Carolyn Barr, is the owner of a few properties in the district.

She’s also named in a lawsuit the city filed, asking property owners in the area to fix up their buildings and get them up to code.

The mayor says she is hoping to work with owners to make their properties better before they get any worse.

“Our number one asset is our buildings. Our buildings are what’s going to bring people in here for the tourism,” said Barbara.

The group Renew Cannelton’s most recent project is a welcome sign paying tribute to the historic cotton mill.

The old mill is now being used as an apartment complex.

They hope to see more pieces of history like this one, being brought back to life in the years to come.

“The buildings are in bad shape. But they are unique, you’re not going to find these. Especially our sand stone buildings, you are not going to find that, that is our asset,” said Barbara.

The city will be holding a meeting on Monday, May 13 to talk about the future of some of the buildings in the district.

The Board of Public Works meeting is at 6:00 p.m. and the city council meeting is at 6:30 p.m., both at city hall.

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