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mut&iw the Journal of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana "At the 1885 Main Gateway to Crown Hill" 3402 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, Ind. 46208 h^JL wtrM Vol. Ill (1972) Robert C. Braun, Editor No. 1 GOVERNOR WHITCOMB SAYS: "COMMANDANT'S RESIDENCE WILL NOT BE DEMOLISHED" The stately 1899 Commandant's Residence at the Indiana Soldiers' Home north of West Lafayette, Indiana appears to be out of immediate jeopardy. Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb has assured H.L.F.I. that he will not permit the demolition of the tall frame 73 year old structure as long as he is Governor. The State Director of Management, William D. Murchie, had wanted to remodel the house with aluminum siding and to do away with the porch and its white pillars or demolish the entire structure. Director John M. Harris of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and William Baugh, Director of the Battle Ground Historical Corporation toured the structure recently along with Robert C. Braun, H.L.F.I. Executive Director. Commandant and Mrs. Keith Malsbery escorted the group through the building while they related its history. (Since that time, Commandant Malsbery has passed away.) An outstanding feature is a bas-relief over the living room fireplace depicting Civil War Soldiers. It is attributed to an Italian artist whose name has long since been lost. Originally the Commandant's Residence, along with furnishings, cost a total of $8,000.00. No tax monies were used to build the structure. As our Civil War veterans aged and the need for the home became apparent, the old soldiers chose the style of the house they wanted for the Commandant. They still remembered the beauty and dignity of southern architecture. In their choice of such a structure, they were also manifesting permanent, visible evidence that the emotional wounds of the war were healing well, and that the states were again united. Architectural historians tell us that the building is an excellent example of institutional architecture and that most of this style has disappeared from Indiana. H.L.F.I. consulted with Dr. Aldo Giorgini, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Giorgini said he had inspected the Commandant's Residence and could see very little wrong with it, although he did want to inspect it further. Application is being made to place the Commandant's Residence, along with several other of the institution's significant buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. H.L.F.I. President, H. Roll McLaughlin, who is a member of the State Historic Preservation Committee, agrees that the structure is significant and says it is being considered for the National Register. Governor Edgar Whitcomb Left to right: William Baugh, Director of the Battle Ground Historical Corporation, points out architectural features of the seventy-three year old commandant's residence to HLFI Executive Director Braun and John M. Harris Director of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. (Photo by Jack Alkire - Lafavette Journal and Courier) Inclusion on the Register brings with it protection from destruction by federally financed projects or projects where portions of federal funds are being used in conjunction with local funds. No federal money can be used to destroy the quality of historical, architectural, archeological or cultural character that made this property qualify for National Register inclusion. There were many veterans' organizations, ladies' clubs, church groups and historically oriented organizations that joined forces to make their voices heard in Governor Whit- comb's office. The loss of such a structure would have chopped deeply into the roots of Indiana's cultural heritage.
|Title||Indiana Preservationist 1972|
|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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