Indiana Landmarks is looking to save a historic building in the town of Birdseye. The Koernor Block building, which was constructed in 1893, has suffered severe damage in recent years and the organization says it is looking for a preservation-minded buyer to repair and rehabilitate it.
The Dubois County building was built for William Koerner, who sold various items including dry goods, groceries, glassware, clothing and farming implements. Indiana Landmarks says the building, though deteriorated, still has the original storefronts, decorative metal cornice and window hoods.
Part of the rear wall collapsed in 2013 due to a lack of water drainage. Indiana Landmarks took ownership of the building through a donation from its previous owners who want to see it preserved.
Indiana Landmarks says it is working with local and county officials to address delinquent taxes. A structural assessment of the building is currently underway to identify stabilization needs and costs.
Interested potential buyers can contact the Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office for more information.