Indiana: National Park Service’s #50for50

As I stated in yesterday’s post, the National Park Service is highlighting preservation work in ‎Indiana‬ this week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Each week they highlight a different state through their #50for50 social media campaign. I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite Indiana preservation projects that can be attributed to the programs of the National Historic Preservation Act.

National Historic Landmarks

Indiana boasts 40 National Historic Landmarks, including 7 in Columbus, Indiana. In some ways, it is remarkable we have such a variety of National Historic Landmarks in our state, from Modern masters to Native American landmarks, two Carousels, a Circus headquarters, Lincoln’s boyhood home and West Baden Springs Hotel. In terms of National Historic Landmarks, I most recently visited the Miller House and really enjoyed seeing this Modern home in person, understanding fully why it deserves designation as a National Historic Landmark. It combines excellence in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture of the Modern movement.

Get ready: here come the Miller House photos! #millerhouse

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National Register of Historic Places

Indiana has over 1,800 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including at least one listing in each of our 92 counties. I interact with the National Register on almost a daily basis, whether it be working on a nomination or providing information about the Register to property owners. I’ve had the pleasure of working on completing several National Register nominations. The first nomination that I worked on completely alone and saw through to its listing on the National Register was the Black House in Philadelphia, Hancock County.


Since, I’ve co-written or completed nominations for cemeteries, churches, and homes in Central Indiana. I’ve also helped communities seek National Register listing for their downtown and residential districts, including in Lebanon (pictured below) and Greenwood.



Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits

Although the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits are not directly from the National Historic Preservation Act, they certainly are connected to the programs of the NHPA. A property must be listed on the National Register (or within 30 months of certification) to receive Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Indiana has had some pretty significant projects that used the Rehab Tax Credit, including West Baden Springs Hotel. A current project in Martinsville will use the credits to rehabilitate the Morgan County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail, Martinsville Sanitarium, and a downtown building into senior housing!

Morgan County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Martinsville

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Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

I have to admit, I’ve not worked on any HABS level documentation since grad school. However, I thought I’d have to highlight at least one, since there are so many great HABS projects from Indiana available online through the Library of Congress. I selected the Morris-Butler House, a site owned by Indiana Landmarks and acted as a catalyst for the founding of our organization.

HABS Morris-Butler House
EAST ELEVATION – Morris-Butler House, 1204 North Park Avenue, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN, August 1970, photographer Jack Boucher. HABS documentation.

Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act

I would be remiss to discuss the National Historic Preservation Act and not mention its Sections 106 and 110. For those unfamiliar, Section 106 requires federal agencies to account for their actions on historic properties when using federal money or issuing a federal permit. Section 110 requires federal agencies to implement a historic preservation program.

My first job in preservation was primarily driven by Sections 106 and 110 of the NHPA. I worked on preservation plans for the historic buildings at the former Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home. Additionally, I ended up working on historic structures projects in compliance with Section 106. Now, I mainly interact with Section 106 as a consulting party for projects. Regardless, I’ve seen the ways Sections 106 and 110 can work to save and maintain historic buildings as intended by the law. Here’s a sampling of the projects I’ve worked on, primarily in my previous job:

Recently rehabbed Pratt through truss bridge (1885) at Camp Atterbury.

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A bridge success story! Restored for vehicular use.

Bailey Bridge

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I worked to document this bridge, prior to its relocation and restoration.

Administration Building, Knightstown former Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home

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For even more fun related to Indiana for #50for50, I recommend checking out the Facebook page of our State Historic Preservation Office — the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology — or the Facebook pages of the associated National Park Service divisions:
National Register of Historic Places
National Historic Landmarks
Heritage and Historic Preservation
Heritage Documentation Programs

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