Historic Preservation in Indiana
Essays from the Field
Publication Year: 2013
Over the last half century, historic preservation has been on the rise in American cities and towns, from urban renewal and gentrification projects to painstaking restoration of Victorian homes and architectural landmarks. In this book, Nancy R. Hiller brings together individuals with distinctive styles and perspectives, to talk about their passion for preservation. They consider the meaning of place and what motivates those who work to save and care for places; the role of place in the formation of identity; the roles of individuals and organizations in preserving homes, neighborhoods, and towns; and the spiritual as well as economic benefits of preservation. Richly illustrated, Historic Preservation in Indiana is an essential book for everyone who cares about preserving the past for future generations.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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I h.aave al.aw.aays b.aeen stru.ac.ak.a b.ay th.ae p.aassio.an and f.aervo.ar o.af.a historic preservationists and environmental activists. They have a thirst, an appetite for their respective causes that sustains their advocacy and fuels their zeal. This is as it should be. Af_ter all, there is a lot at stake: cut down a Sequoia or tear down Penn Station and they are gone forever. ...
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M.aany p.aeo.ap.al.ae h.aave w.ao.ark.aed to.a tu.arn th.ae idea f.ao.ar th.ais b.ao.ao.ak.a into reality. First among them is our sponsoring editor at the Indiana University Press, Linda Oblack, who championed the proposal and saw it through to contract. Linda’s assistant at the press, Sarah Jacobi, and project editor Nancy Lightfoot have also been unfailingly patient and ...
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...the Monroe County Airport near Bloomington, Indiana. But out of the hundreds I’ve spotted over the years, there is one I will never forget. It was an autumn day in 2008 when this particular turkey caught my eye. Ten feet off the asphalt, it lay breast-up in the corn stubble, clad in a white Damn it, Josh. I told you we were going vegetarian, I could just hear ...
1 Historic Preservation
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...existence, an inevitable result of our being creatures of memory and intention. We select and protect things to locate ourselves in time, in space, in society. The old woman on a green hill in Ireland washes weekly and displays daily her precious collection of plates; each was a gift and together they map her connections to family and friends, both living and ...
2 Economics and Restoration: The Story of a Neighborhood's Rebirth
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...city then. A railroad ran through the center of town dividing it socially and economically. East of the tracks was Indiana University, with large homes and expensive student rentals. West of the tracks was the city’s industrial heritage – the railroad, limestone mills, and a massive furni-ture factory, by then defunct – along with the modest homes originally ...
3 Ode to a Bungalow
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...a curtain of lace, slatted wooden blinds, and mullions. My gaze moves on through the boughs of two century-old firs standing guard over the dig-nified front porch of the neighboring house. Additional trees provide a tracery of branches in winter and a comforting green canopy in summer. My view stops at the historic Dunning House, beautifully proportioned ...
4 The Old Library Debate: How Bloomington, Indiana Preserved Its Carnegie Library
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...towns across the United States, monuments not only to the steel mag-nate whose wealth made their construction possible, but also to the largely unknown communities of people who planned and preserved them. Every Carnegie library building stands for the work of local citi-wealthiest man in the United States, having grown Carnegie Steel into ...
5 On Loan from the Sea
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...fish swim atop the dome of the county courthouse in Bloomington, In-diana, six hundred miles from the sea? The explanations that circulate hereabouts range from sober to silly. My own theory tends, I suppose, toward the crackpot end of the spectrum, but I will share it with you anyway, because it belongs to my private mythology of this place....
6 Industrial Muncie
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...building can become at the same time as we are investigating what it once was. For that reason, industrial buildings present an especially compelling challenge. Once hubs of extensive and productive activity, when found abandoned or underused they stand as memorials – to the products manufactured inside their walls, to those who sought to cre...
7 Preservation as Good Business
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...architecture, and we spent hours exploring southern Indiana in the 1960s when we could spare the gasoline and the time. That was our recreation, eking out a few hours from our small Bloomington business, which we In 1976, the bicentennial year, historic preservation was emerging into the limelight nationally and locally. Bloomington Restorations, Inc., ...
8 Passing Through: Historic Preservation in Pike County's Patoka Bottoms
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...300 West and 200 South intersect, approximately eleven miles below Petersburg in Pike County, Indiana. If you were to turn west from State Road 57 onto County Road 200 South, just north of the Gibson County line, and follow that road until you reach the first crossroads, you could turn again, south this time, and find yourself, as I did ten years ago, on ...
9 "Where's the Porch?" and Other Intersections between Archaeology and Historic Preservation
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...introduced to a noted preservationist and dedicated champion of In-diana’s historic places. Upon learning that I was an archaeologist, he mentioned that he was involved in restoring a house; workers had nearly finished repairing the foundation, but he wondered whether the house would have had porches across its front and back. My specialty within ...
10 Preservation in Our Parks: A Natural Fit
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...rolling hills of the Ohio River valley in the south, the Hoosier state is composed of an extraordinary variety of natural landscapes. The dense forest, meandering creeks, and rugged ground that so tried the deter-mination of early nineteenth-century settlers have been prized for their Many of Indiana’s most striking places would not be intact for us ...
11 Bloomington Restorations: Saving Landmarks, Neighborhoods, and Bloomington's Sense of Place
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...has relentlessly strived to save and restore the old buildings and neigh-people fed up with the destruction of landmark houses near downtown Bloomington, the group quickly moved beyond advocacy into the direct By 2010, our group had saved and helped restore more than seventy-five historic structures, all of them protected by deed restrictions barring ...
12 Guinea Hens in the Churchyard: Signposts of Maple Grove Road
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...a rural historic district near Bloomington, Indiana, we were surprised. From the descriptions given us by friends, all of whom praised its rural charm, we had formed an expectation of idyllic, uninterrupted farmland dotted with benevolent old farmhouses. The farmland was still there. But so many of the houses were distinctly modern; the kind with faux-brick ...
13 No Place Like Home: Preservation, the Past, and Personal Identity
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...inhabited when you were young. Visit them decades later and you will find your mind redressing and regressing the houses and other build-ings, cascading you into a reflective state of haze in the face of suddenly living memory. The past is a fading dream, and buildings are its symbols of meaning, its totems of silent significance, its runic monuments to a ...
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 16 color illus., 30 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2013