These photos are courtesy of the photographer,
Paul L Bender (email@example.com),
of the Wells County
Historical Society, Bluffton, Indiana in 1998 with a digital
camera (signs, cables, etc. were digitally removed).
The courthouse, which is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places (Reg. 1979), has had minor restoration
projects during the last few years.
A major 5-year program has been implemented to restore the building to
last another 100 years.
Writes Paul: "I appreciate and agree with your
editorial on our tendency to trash old buildings. Other parts of the
country do a much better job than we in Indiana do. Along in the
1960-1970 period, many of our downtown buildings were "modernized" by
covering with aluminium.
"Interestingly, a friend was the first to cover
his building, but with the resurgence of revitalization, he was the
first to restore his building and become a leader in the process. I
have a building and I would never have covered the brick. Now it fits
right in, with its interior tin ceiling."
Other Wells County sites on the
Stewart-Studebaker house (reg.
414 W Market St - Bluffton
(This fine building is the home of the Wells
County Historical Society museum, pictured on its site at http://wchs-museum.org/)
Bethel Church (reg. 1984)
4500 East, 300 South - Bluffton
Villa North Historic District
North Main St - Bluffton (State Road #1)
And the downtown business district has been
restored and is in the process of being registered.
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