A group of students from several Hoosier universities is working to determine how best to revitalize a vacant building in Evansville. The effort is part of the Preserving Historic Places Conference, which kicked off Tuesday in Evansville.

The students come from Ball State University, Purdue University, the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. The group held a charrette Monday in an effort to identify ideas for the adaptive use of the Shackelford Mansion, which most recently served as the home for No-Ruz Grotto.

The students received guidance from officials with the Indiana Housing and Development Authority, the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, and local architects. They will present the results of the charrette Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

The Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is a week-long event hosting about 250 people from throughout the region.