Indiana Landmarks has released its annual list of the "10 Most Endangered" places throughout the state. The list features Hoosier landmarks that have reached a dire point, but have the potential for rehabilitation and reuse.
The nonprofit organization says places that make the list typically face a combination of problems, including abandonment, neglect, dilapidation and owners who lack money for repairs. Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks says restoring these structures can lead to further revitalization of a community.
"These places shape lives and give identity to communities, and when they’re gone, they leave a void that can’t be filled," said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. "While some might call these lost causes, we can point to countless 10 Most success stories—places on the brink of extinction that were saved, restored, and repurposed. The list generates helpful attention—from communities, developers, potential buyers—and strategies for saving these places."
This year’s list includes:
- Old Fire Station 18, Indianapolis
- Simpson Hall, Indianapolis
- Old Marquette School, South Bend
- Marion National Bank Building, Marion
- Old YMCA, Terre Haute
- Newkirk Mansion, Connersville
- Round and Polygonal Barns, Statewide
- Washington County Courthouse, Salem
- Pryor’s Country Place, Angola
- Speakman House, Rising Sun
The Speakman House, the Washington County Courthouse and Pryor’s Country Place have appeared on the list in the past. Since 1991, 119 sites have been included on the list, with only 16 being demolished.
You can learn more about each endangered place by clicking here.