Indiana Landmarks today announced the 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy. The list includes two schools that provided unprecedented learning opportunities to African Americans; a church that anchored its historic neighborhood; a train depot that embodies Indiana’s limestone legacy; an artfully designed jail and sheriff’s residence; two architecturally important homes; an awe-inspiring church outfitted in head-to-toe Tiffany; a nationally lauded Carnegie library; and an entire downtown.
Places that land on the 10 Most Endangered list often face a combination of problems rather than a single threat—abandonment, neglect, dilapidation, obsolete use, unreasonable above-market asking price, or owners who simply lack money for repairs.
“Indiana Landmarks uses its 10 Most Endangered list in several ways. Sometimes it serves an educational role. It functions as an advocacy tool. And it can assist in raising funds needed to save a place,” says Marsh Davis, president of the nonprofit preservation organization. “Every listing comes with significant challenges. In all cases, when an endangered place lands on our list, we commit to seeking solutions that lead to rescue and revitalization,” he adds.
The 10 Most Endangered in 2020 includes three sites repeating from last year’s list and seven new entries [see addendum for more information on each]:
Church of the Holy Cross, Indianapolis (repeat entry from 2019 list)
Downtown Attica (repeat entry from 2019 list)
Elwood Carnegie Library
Falley-O’Gara-Pyke House, Lafayette
Gary Roosevelt High School
Monon Station, Bedford
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Richmond (repeat entry from 2019 list)
Romweber House, Batesville
Tipton County Jail & Sheriff’s Residence
Union Literary Institute, Union City
Demolition has claimed only 19 of the 146 Most Endangered sites listed since 1991, while 95 places are completely restored or no longer endangered.
To find out more about each of the 10 Most Endangered, visit www.indianalandmarks.org or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.