Hoosier landmarks deemed in jeopardy, including two schools, have made an annual list of 10 Most Endangered from Indiana Landmarks. The 2020 list also includes a jail and sheriff’s residence, homes and an entire downtown. Indiana Landmarks releases the list each year to highlight properties facing abandonment and neglect when owners aren’t able to fix the issues.
“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 2020 list includes three sites that were featured on last year’s list and seven new entries.
10 Most Endangered of 2020:
- 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
Only 19 of the 146 sites listed since 1991 have been demolished, and 95 locations have been completely restored or are no longer endangered.