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the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Indiana Preservationist 3402 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208 Spring 1977 Eli Lilly 1885-1977 Mr. Eli Lilly, Chairman Emeritus of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, died in Indianapolis on 24 January 1977. He was 91 years old. "He loved Indiana and he loved Indianapolis, and due to his influence, future generations are going to reap rich benefits from initiatives that he fostered. But the most remarkable thing about Mr. Lilly was his gentle human spirit." —Herman B Wells, Chancellor of Indiana University and HLFI board member Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana will always be aware of Eli Lilly's shaping spirit, for it was his own belief in the importance of preservation that led to the creation and initial endowment of this organization. In characteristic unassuming fashion, Mr, Lilly bestowed countless gifts on Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana through the years. He was unfailingly modest about his donations, even when the sums involved were something short of modest. Always, they came without strings, and without any name-the- building-after-me pressure. In fact, his gifts were often delivered with a request that he remain anonymous as the donor. H. Roll McLaughlin, chairman Donations in memory of Mr, Lilly may be made to the Foster Hall Restoration Fund of Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis. Foster Hall (left) was built on the Lilly Orchard property in 1927 by J. K. Lilly, Sr0 The property was given to the school in 1965 by the Lilly familyo Foster Hall is now being restored as a living memorial to Eli Lilly,, Madison's "winning" Main Street chosen Early in March, the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the selection of three winners from among the ten towns entered in its Main Street Project competitiono The Ohio River town of Madison, Indiana, walked off with the contest's high-scoring honors and was one of those chosen to participate in the demonstration program,, Lafayette, the only other Hoosier city in the final ten, was passed over in favor of Galesburg, Illinois, and Hot Springs, South Dakota, The Main Street Project is exclusive to the Midwest, and was developed in response to the number of requests for assistance in Main Street restoration received by the Trust's Midwest Office in 1976. The project is intended to proceed through three phases: the three demonstration projects; publication of a practical handbook and a 20-minute film; and co-sponsorship of a national conference. Madison and the other two towns selected for the demonstration phase will receive 18 months of intensive assistance in laying the groundwork for Main Street restoration. National Trust staff will work with Madisonfs community leaders in analyzing the economic and physical condition of Main Street, as well as assessing its potential. The project team will then develop an illustrated comprehensive plan for Main Street's physical and economic revitalization. The plan will emphasize organization and coordination, but will also feature design guidelines for storefronts, signage, landscaping, and street furniture. Because of the need for well-designed and executed models, the Trust considers the success of the demonstration towns a crucial aspect of the program. The selection process was therefore highly competitive, and was based on strict, detailed criteria. Robert Carter, Main Street Project director for the Trust, visited the ten semifinalist towns in order to rate them in the following areas: architectural character of the central business district; economic of the board of Historic Landmarks and a close personal friend of Mr. Lilly's, has remarked: "His generosity is so extensive that one could fill a book and not cover everything." Historic Landmarks received yet another, more than generous amount upon Mr. Lilly's deatho Throughout his life, Mr. Lilly was a devoted student of history, particularly of Indiana history, and he possessed a historian's uniquely insightful perspective on the world. From his father and grandfather, he inherited his belief in "the incalculable value of sound traditions," both in business and private life. From them Mr. Lilly also inherited an acute sense of personal and family responsibility. He took seriously his grandfather's admonition to "take what you find here and make it better." Eli Lilly's financial support of historic preservation was, therefore, not a merely nostalgic or sentimental indulgence of his wealth, but rather an expression of his infoimed conviction of its importance. He recognized that a lively sense of the past gives direction to the future. Preservation and restoration were, in his mind, ways of taking what is found here and making it better. A recent saying that seems sage States sissies are not for old age But kind words from friends Make full amends And certify we haven't turned the last page. Cordially, jfin> Main Street storefronts (above) will receive attention in the comprehensive plan produced by the Trust's project team. capacity; organizational ability; and administrative ability. Madison's score topped Carter's chart. Strong business and community support for downtown restoration helped in securing the town's first place finish.
|Title||Indiana Preservationist 1977|
|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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