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Franklin City Council Flipflops On Old City Hall
Lowell Middle School Demolished
Now over 500 photos of Indiana landmarks on this site!
Welcome! This site is devoted to the appreciation, restoration and preservation of great Indiana landmarks.
The Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page spotlights historic architecture and neighborhoods throughout all of Indiana. Here you will find an extensive photo gallery--over 500 photos--of historic architecture, with more being added all the time.
Indianapolis, Gary, South Bend, Crown Point, Hammond, Michigan City, Evansville, Lafayette--there are some great towns and cities with great architecture here in Indiana.
Historic Preservation History and Theory - A List
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"We are the only country in the world that trashes its old buildings and neighborhoods. Too late, we realize how much we need them."
--Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Historic Preservation is vitally important--now more than ever. It seems that in every community, our nation's historic architecture is under threat of some kind or another. In Gary and other urban areas, many buildings were lost due to abandonment. Ironically, in towns and smaller cities, old buildings face exactly the opposite threat. For example, some institutions in Valparaiso have moved to tear down examples of stately historic architecture to make way for "further development."
In Europe, where they don't have the "throwaway mentality" we do in this country, buildings hundreds of years old are perfectly sound and still in use. The workmanship seen in old buildings is simply superior in so many ways to that used in modern construction.
More importantly, historic buildings embody a distinctive form of American architecture that will never again be duplicated, and they add an irreplaceable component to the character and personality of our communities.
How would we feel if every example of art from a certain period was systematically destroyed? The architecture of our downtowns and neighborhoods helps shape our feelings about where we live. THIS is why historic preservation is vitally important.
The great Crown Point Courthouse is here, as well as the City Methodist Church in Gary. Here you will find several photos of downtown Hammond and downtown Hobart as well. You will also see some of the great historic homes of Crown Point and Valparaiso.
But the Northwest Indiana focus is changing, thanks to generous contributions of original photos (and server space) by Mike Habeck of EcoIndiana, as he travels throughout the state documenting Indiana's environmental affairs as well as its historic architecture.
There's a lot worth saving in Indiana. And a lot worthy of our appreciation as well.
For an excellent, quick introduction to the philosophy of preservation, see the Reader's Digest article Bravo for Old Buildings!
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