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Historic Structures of

Evansville, Indiana

Small Commercial Structures

Evansville (pop 126,272) is the seat of Vanderburgh Co. in southwest Indiana. Incorporated in 1847, it is an important transportation hub and a regional cultural and industrial center.

Settled in 1812, the community grew as a river port, especially after the completion in 1853 of the Wabash and Erie Canal linking the Ohio River at Evansville with Lake Erie. It is named for Robert M. Evans (1783-1842), who mapped the area.

The city is the seat of the University of Evansville (1854), the University of Southern Indiana (1965), and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science.

Evansville Indiana -Richardsonian Romanesque apartments

Cadwick Apartments, 1917

118 S.E. 1st St.

Building at left: Italianate

Building at right: Richardsonian Romanesque

(The ground floor of the building at left has been altered. However, the building retains its original windows.)

Evansville Indiana - McCurdy Building Two-Part Vertical Block

 McCurdy Building

Two-Part Vertical Block, a style which became common for commercial buildings in the late 19th century. The facade is divided into two main "zones" that, though separated, are nevertheless closely related to one another.

1920, 1937,1943

Evansville, Indiana - Art Deco Greyhound Bus Terminal

Greyhound Bus Terminal

102 N.W. 3rd St.

Art Deco, 1937

Art Deco was a style of design popular in the 1920s and '30s with its sleek, streamlined forms and elegantly geometric aesthetic. Art Deco grew out of a conscious effort to simplify the elaborate turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau style, to make it more responsive to the new machine-age ideals of speed and glamour.

Says Funk and Wagnall's New Encyclopedia: "Although the movement began about 1910, the term Art Deco was not applied to it until 1925, when it was coined for the title of the seminal Paris design exhibition, Exposition Internationale des Arts D coratifs et Industriels Modernes.

"It found expression in objects as diverse as locomotives, skyscrapers, roadside diners, radio cabinets, jukeboxes, and advertising displays.

"Primary examples of Art Deco in the U.S. are the interior of Radio City Music Hall (1931) in New York City, designed by Donald Deskey (1894-1989); and William van Alen's (1882-1954) Chrysler Building (1930, New York City), with its sleek aluminum- banded facades and arched and pointed spire."

These photos are courtesy of the photographer, Mike Habeck ( Mike is with EcoIndiana and, in addition to being concerned about historic architecture, is also looking out for the state's natural environment. Our thanks to Mike for sharing these photos with us.

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