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Indiana Landmarks Awards more than $170,000 to Save Meaningful Places

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2022, Indiana Landmarks awarded more than $170,000 to help nonprofits and cities around Indiana save meaningful places. Drawing from a variety of funds, these grants support efforts ranging from architectural assessments and repairs at historic houses of worship to digital walking tours and workshops, videos and summer programs for youth.

“Indiana Landmarks offers grants to help spark community revitalization and bolster preservation projects around the state,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. “We’re extremely grateful that with the support of many generous donors we’re able to offer this critical support to local preservation groups.”

African American Heritage Grants
Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee awards grants to help preserve and raise awareness of historic African American places in Indiana. In 2022, the committee made two grants:
  • Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Marion: $2,000 for a historic marker for the nineteenth-century church that has housed its congregation since 1902.
  • Madam Walker Legacy Center, Indianapolis: $2,000 for a historic marker and development of a history and heritage brochure for the 1927 Walker Theatre.

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants
Efroymson Family Endangered Places grants aid architectural and structural assessments, rehab cost analyses, reuse studies, and fundraising planning. In 2022, Indiana Landmarks made 12 grants totaling $33,500. The fund honors the Efroymson family’s significant support for our endangered places programs.
  • Adams Mill, Inc., Cutler: $2,500 for a structural analysis to determine repairs needed to stabilize a corner of the 1845 mill.
  • City of Montpelier: $2,500 for an architectural study of the 1890 Chaney Buildings on Main Street.
  • City of Montpelier: $2,500 for a feasibility study of the 1890 First National Bank Building.
  • City of Union City: $2,500 for a feasibility study of the 1870 Hub City Finance Building.
  • General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, Crawfordsville: $2,500 for a structural and rehabilitation assessment of the site’s 1870 carriage house.
  • Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement: $3,500 to develop a preservation plan to guide restoration of the 1835 Thomas Pendleton Home.
  • Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Franklin: $2,500 for a structural analysis of the 1902 church.
  • Save Our Stories, Marion: $3,500 for building and environmental assessments at the 1936 Firestone Tire Store.
  • Sheridan Historical Society, Sheridan: $2,500 for architectural services aiding efforts to relocate an 1882 Monon Depot back to Sheridan.
  • South Bend TradeWorks, Inc.: $2,500 for legal costs to form a new historic preservation nonprofit focused on training contractors and building owners in traditional trades.
  • Town of Mecca: $3,000 for an emergency structural assessment of the Wabash Township Graded School/Mecca School following a devastating fire.
  • Winchester Main Street: $3,500 for a feasibility and architectural study of the 1927 Davis Building on Franklin Street.
Historic Preservation Education Grants
Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Humanities jointly award grants to nonprofits for programs and materials educating the public about historic places. In 2022, the organizations awarded $28,927 to fund 12 projects:
  • Athenaeum Foundation, Indianapolis: $2,500 to create a digital tour showing the evolution and preservation of the 1894/1898 Athenaeum, a German-American landmark.
  • Association for Preservation Technology International, Springfield, Illinois: $2,500 to adapt “STEAM through Heritage Preservation”—a middle-school curriculum designed to ignite student interest in heritage preservation—to Indiana school standards and to highlight local landmarks.
  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indianapolis: $2,500 to update a video for visitors to highlight preservation and conservation efforts at the 1875 house.
  • Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago: $2,427 to produce a short documentary tracing how architect George Fred Keck’s design for the House of Tomorrow for Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress Exposition led him to design solar-heated homes in the 1940s and ‘50s.
  • Columbia City Connect, Columbia City: $2,500 to develop a digital walking tour sharing images and history of buildings in Columbia City’s historic downtown.
  • Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Indianapolis: $2,500 to create a GIS app for visitors to learn about historic structures and landscapes at the cemetery.
  • Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County, Greencastle: $2,500 to produce walking tour brochures of National Register-listed historic districts in Bainbridge, Cloverdale, Roachdale, Russellville, and Greencastle.
  • Indiana Barn Foundation, Indianapolis: $2,500 to create two wooden timber-frame models, construction and architectural drawings, and historical background of historic Indiana barns to use as teaching tools.
  • Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, South Bend: $2,500 to create an online driving tour of the Lincoln Highway across Elkhart County telling stories of historic places related to early auto travel.
  • Madison Main Street Program, Madison: $2,500 to develop workshops on researching and rehabbing historic buildings.
  • Prairie Arts Council, Rensselaer: $2,500 to produce a short film sharing the history of the 1925 Domestic Arts Building at the Newton County Fairgrounds and raise awareness of its restoration needs.
  • Rush County United Fund, Rushville: $1,500 to share the history and preservation of five historic covered bridges through signage and a printed brochure, and through a video interview with a descendant of the Kennedy family who built the bridges.
Marion County Historic Preservation Fund
Indiana Landmarks and the Central Indiana Community Foundation jointly manage a fund created by contributions from each organization and private donors to award grants supporting preservation of landmarks in Marion County.
  • Central District of The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church: $4,500 for a feasibility study and development plan to adapt a 1905/1926 church in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood as an indoor farm/neighborhood market.
  • Crown Hill Heritage Foundation: $10,000 to update a historic preservation master plan for the 1863 cemetery.
  • Eagle Creek Nature Conservancy and Preservation Inc.: $10,000 to relocate and rehabilitate the 1880 Traders Point Covered Bridge.
  • Friends of Garfield Park: $7,500 to aid restoration of the 1915 fountains at Garfield Park.
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church: $2,350 to hire a consultant to prepare a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places for the 1891 church.
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church: $5,000 to restore limestone facades on the church built 1910-12.
Sacred Places Indiana Grants
In 2022, Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places Indiana program provided $62,500 to congregations for architectural studies, repairs, and rehabilitation of historic houses of worship:
  • Friends Memorial Church, Muncie: $7,500 for an architectural planning study for the 1908 Gothic Revival-style church.
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Indianapolis: $5,000 to repair steeples on the 1912 Gothic Revival-style church.
  • St. Rita Catholic Church, Indianapolis: $25,000 for a capital campaign funding repairs to the 1958 Modernist church.
  • The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Indiana, Evansville: $25,000 for an endowment to support preservation of the 1899 Holy Angels Church in New Harmony.
Indiana Modern Grants
Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks, awards planning and rehabilitation grants to help identify, promote, and preserve the best examples of twentieth-century architectural and landscape design.
  • Friends of First Christian Church Architecture, Columbus: $5,000 to support restoration of the tower on the 1942 First Christian Church.
Indiana Automotive Grants
Indiana Automotive, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks, awards grants that aid in the preservation and help raise awareness of landmarks connected to the state’s automotive heritage.
  • Save Our Stories, Marion: $1,600 for building and environmental assessments at the 1936 Firestone Tire Store.
  • Indiana Racing Memorial Association: $1,500 to help sponsor a historical marker for the 1960 Whiteland Raceway, one of America’s oldest go-kart tracks.

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