Greyhound Station Effort Moving Forward

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Indiana Landmarks says it is making progress on the restoration of Evansville's historic former Greyhound Station. President Marsh Davis says he hopes the building can attract a tenant such as a restaurant to boost the city's "downtown revival."

October 3, 2014

News Release

Evansville, Ind. -- Have you noticed that Evansville's favorite blue building has turned black? Fear not, the blue will be back at the historic former Greyhound Station, 102 NW Third Street (corner of Third and Sycamore streets) in downtown Evansville.

It looks like Indiana Landmarks has painted the building black, but the color comes from a membrane that acts as a vapor barrier and stabilizer for the deteriorated brick and mortar uncovered when the two-toned blue metal panels were removed for restoration. The membrane also will protect the interior walls from moisture penetration.

Before the blue enameled steel panels go back up in about a month, high-tech insulation will be applied inside the panels. The insulation will help ensure against warping that can be caused by heat and will further protect the brick.

The building won’t be quite as bright a blue in the future. The baby blue paint that covered the exterior panels is being removed to return the building to the subtle and elegant original scheme(attached photo shows the before-and-after difference in color).

Indiana Landmarks is restoring the exterior of the Greyhound Station, a building recognized throughout the state and beyond for its colorful Art Moderne architecture. The nonprofit organization's local Greyhound steering committee is raising money to complete the restoration.

"We hope to attract a tenant—a restaurant, brew pub, a market—that will be a lively and popular addition to the downtown revival," said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks.

Source: Indiana Landmarks