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Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana the Indiana Preservationist 3402 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208 Fall 1976 . Town Tours spark awareness, interest -^-Elkhart llf Plymouth y^ North Manchester % Attica #Williamsport Crawfordsville Lebanon ^ £ ^ Noblesville ■^■Rockville Franklin© Knightstown • * Cambridge City Connersville "At $ Town Tours 75 ^Town Tours 76—completed ^fTown Tours 76—upcoming Just how well do you know your town? Most of us have an easy command over the directions-to-strangers knowledge of street names and stop-lights and one ways. But what about the rest of the physical environment? For instance, how closely can you describe your town's Main Street? Why not give yourself this little test? Park yourself in your favorite chair, relax, and close your eyes. Tune in a mental picture of Main Street. Now narrow the focus to just one building. You can choose any building, but let's say it's the hardware store. You've been in it dozens, maybe hundreds of times. The times you've passed by the store are countless. But how sharp is your mental picture of the building? Is your mind's eye detailed and accurate in its perception? Is the building brick or stone or frame, or did the aluminum siding salesman strike? Is the facade painted? What color? Is the trim the same or a different color? How many stories does the building have? What shape is the roof? Is the cornice plain or decorated? Are there brackets beneath the eaves? How many windows are there on each floor of the front facade? Do the openings still function as windows or have they been blinded by plywood? How are they shaped? Are the mouldings simple or ornate? Do the windows have awnings? What kind? Are the windows more vertical than horizontal, or is it the other way around? Or has the building been altered so that the ground floor seems a stranger to the rest? How does the building relate to its neighbors? Is the structure next-door similar in scale, or are Mutt 'n Jeff called to mind? Or is the building stranded between vacant plots and parking lots? Although to some this quiz may resemble a cinch, others will no doubt be surprised by their inability to conjure a clear image of the buildings on their town's major thoroughfare. Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana created its popular Town Tour program, Your Town & You: Preservation & Self-Preservation, to help remedy the situation. During the summer of 1975, HLFI conducted Town Tours in ten communities located throughout the state (see map), encouraging many Hoosiers to become freshly acquainted with their towns. Based on the level of interest in the program and its success in the ten towns visited last year, HLFI decided to stage another ten Town Tours in 1976. Continued funding for the program was awarded by the Indiana Committee for the Humanities. Historic architecture lends a distinctive sense of time and place to hundreds of small towns in Indiana. Unfortunately, however, daily exposure to a town is no guarantee of architectural and environmental awareness. Too often, lack of awareness and appreciation of the built environment allows changes and "modernization" which erase the special character of a town. Like the quiz above, HLFI's Town Tours aim to turn townspeople into "building watchers," and to alert them to the need for preservation planning. bb- *^ <§>! Architectural historian Christopher Owens, HLFI's Director of Properties & Planning, hands an intent audience in Plymouth some pointers on how to become "building watchers" during the Town Tour there on June 27. Mrs. Ruth Price (foreground), Director of South Bend's Southhold Restorations, studies Plymouth's townscape one more time before conducting the slide/discussion program following the tour. Architecture As a part of HLFI's educational programs in Indianapolis public and private schools, a thirty minute special on architectural awareness was filmed for Indianapolis PBS station, Channel 20. The "stars" of the show, HLFI staff member Cheri Lynn (left) and students from Indianapolis Public School #2 with their teacher Elizabeth Nie (2nd from right), are shown in front of the Morris-Butler House during a on camera break in filming. The television program was funded by the Junior League of Indianapolis and will be aired later this fall (date to be announced). Educational presentations similar to the Channel 20 program were given to grade school students in the Indianapolis area by a six- member volunteer speakers bureau coordinated by Laura Jean King.
|Title||Indiana Preservationist 1976|
|Serial Title||Indiana Preservationist|
|Creator||Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana|
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Indiana--Periodicals
|Publisher||Historic Landmarks Foundation: Indianapolis, IN|
|Original Repository||Indiana Landmarks (http://www.indianalandmarks.org/) 800-450-4534|
|Digital Repository||IUPUI University Library|
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|Digital Collection||Indiana Preservationist|
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