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The Indiana Preservationist Library votes for downtown and adaptive use HISTORIC LANDMARKS FOUNDATION OF INDIANA No. 1, 1986 by Bill Dory AS IN MANY SMALL COMMUNITIES across the state, Greencastle lost one of its downtown department stores when the local Montgomery Ward outlet left town. The retailer decided not to reopen the store after a fire seriously damaged the building. Since the fire, Greencastle has had a 20,000 square- foot building sitting vacant in the heart of its Courthouse Square historic district. The 1909 structure did not attract a new tenant, nor was the building especially suited to subdivision for multiple tenants. The building also required extensive interior renovation as a result of the fire, although it is structurally sound. What does a community do with such a building? In Greencastle, we are making it the home of an expanded Putnam County Public Library. The current library, a small 5,000 square-foot Carnegie building is packed to the rafters with books and other resources. The Library Board realized that new space was necessary to continue to provide needed services to the public and to reach new clientele. Last spring, the Library Board hired Parke Randall of Pecsok, Jelliffe, Randall and Nice to conduct a feasibility study of three options: 1) expansion of the present library; 2) relocation to the former Ward store; or 3) construction of a new facility. During the study, the Board decided that the library should remain in the Courthouse Square area in cjose proximity to the DePauw University campus and contribute to the business district revitalization effort being directed by Main Street Greencastle. The feasibility study concluded that an addition to the present library building would not fully meet space needs and would compromise the architectural character of the structure. A site large enough for a new library could not be found in the Courthouse Square area. The Library Board decided to renovate the Ward building after receiving a very generous offer from DePauw, present owner of the building, to sell the property to the Board at half of the appraised value. After conducting a rigorous series of interviews, the Library Board hired Evans Woollen of Woollen, Molzan and Partners in Indianapolis to serve as the project architect. THE LIBRARY'S STAFF is excited about moving into a facility that offers a great deal more space and the opportunity to increase their programming to better serve the community. After visiting many old and new libraries around the state, the staff recommended that Greencastle's fire-damaged 1909 Prevo Block will soon be restored to house the Putnam County Public Library, a new partner in the city's courthouse square revitalization being orchestrated by Main Street Greencastle. Putnam County Public Library the new library be three floors, although the trend is to build single-floor structures out in the cornfields. The staff already has plans to use the restored storefront windows to "merchandise" books. The "new" facility is expected to contain meeting rooms, reference areas, a childrens' room, local history room, adult fiction areas, study spaces and work rooms that the library presently does not have. Community support for the project has been tremendous. A petition drive mounted in support of the renovation and relocation project collected over 1,000 signatures. The Library Board plans to sell bonds this spring, allowing construction to begin this summer. The project is expected to cost $1.94 million for renovation, equipment, and soft costs such as legal, architectural and engineering fees. Late 1987 is the target date for the grand opening. Main Street Greencastle and Historic Landmarks' Western Regional Office are glad to welcome the Putnam County Public Library to the Courthouse Square Historic District, and we congratulate the Library Board on its civic-minded decision to buck the trend and preserve an important downtown building through adaptive use. Outstanding site chosen for 25 th anniversary meeting MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE are expected to attend the April 26 public opening of the restored Union Station in Indianapolis, a milestone in the historic preservation movement in Indiana. A procession and ceremony, balloons, confetti, skydivers and skywriters, and more forms of hoopla will add to the celebration. The lavishly restored station houses restaurants, retail shops and a Holiday Inn. We couldn't think of a more appropriate location for Historic Landmarks 25th anniversary Annual Meeting and Membership Dinner than this massive adaptive use of one of the state's most outstanding landmarks. So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 2,7, at the Union Station Holiday Inn. A reception—and tours of the station, of course—will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner, the annual meeting, and presentation of the 11th annual Sandi Servaas Memorial Award. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Union Station Holiday Inn for Sunday night. Members must make their own reservations prior to March 27 in order to receive the special rate by calling 317-639-2865. When you call, you must mention that your reservation is from Historic Landmarks Foundation's block of rooms. For Historic Landmarks' members, rooms will be $65 single/$75 double; a few special train car rooms will be available at $95/$105. Because the station opens just the day before, no rooms are available at the Inn on Saturday night, April 26. For the convenience of members and affiliates who wish to come a day early and participate in the opening celebration, we have set aside rooms at the nearby Hyatt Regency. Members make their own reservations at the Hyatt by calling 317-632-1234 prior to March 27 (and, once again, mentioning Historic Landmarks in order to receive the special rate of $65/$75). N! IEEDLESS TO SAY, Annual Meeting Committee chairman Dickie Bookwalter battled stiff competition in securing the Union Station location only the day after its opening, but she was determined that Historic Landmarks' members should enjoy an early view of this outstanding restoration. Other Annual Meeting Committee members include Lee Alig, Kay Finneran, Gloria Gresham, Margo Martin, Lorraine Price, Rosemary Prentice, Kent Schuette, Jean Servaas, and John Martin Smith.
|Title||Indiana Preservationist 1986|
|Serial Title||Indiana Preservationist|
|Creator||Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana|
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Indiana--Periodicals
|Publisher||Historic Landmarks Foundation: Indianapolis, IN|
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