Indiana Landmarks

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Indiana Communities are debating the future of their historic buildings as state and local leaders push for economic development and city expansion.

Some small towns are struggling to maintain these structures in the face of sometimes confusing and conflicting rules and regulations.

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West Baden’s historic First Baptist Church was once considered one of the most endangered landmarks in the state. But now, it’s on its way to holding its first service in decades.

Every Friday, a small group of volunteers from Bloomington’s Second Baptist Church goes down to West Baden. They’ve been making the trip twice a week for about a year to restore the town’s historic all-black church, one of the only standing structures tied to the city’s African-American heritage.

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Indiana is the round barn capital of the world, with more than 200 built between 1874 and the mid-1930s. The style became popular because it required less lumber and could therefore take less time and money to build.

But, fewer than half of the state’s round barns remain standing. The dwindling number has some calling for action.

 

Round Barns Become Well-Known Landmarks Along U.S. 31

courtesy Indiana Landmarks

Indiana Landmarks has released its yearly list of what it considers the most endangered places in the Hoosier state.  It includes the McDonald House in Attica and Indianapolis’ Rivoli Theater.