Evansville, Newburgh receive historic preservation grants

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(Courtesy: Indiana Landmarks)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DPHA) has awarded 15 grants to Indiana communities.

Evansville and the town of Newburgh received some of those historic preservation grants.

The Town of Newburgh will receive a $34,025 grant to rehabilitate Preservation Hall, formerly known as Old Newburgh Presbyterian Church, built in 1851.

The hall houses the Newburgh Museum and is used by Historic Newburgh, Inc., the Newburgh Community Theater, and it’s available for rental by other organizations or individuals.

The town has a conditions assessment and rehabilitation plan for the building. Work will include foundation, masonry, woodwork, and HVAC rehabilitation and repair.

The City of Evansville will receive two grants; one for $9,097 to reassess the known historic resources in the Evansville Downtown Historic District and Multiple Resource Area (MRA). The goal is to update the 25-year-old data on historic and cultural resources in Evansville’s downtown.

The result would be to convert Downtown Evansville’s MRA into a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) in order to meet current National Register documentation standards.

The second grant will be $5,213 to assist with a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the Hebron Meadows Historic District.

DNR officials say the development represents a mid-century neighborhood and will be listed under the new MPDF on Post-War Housing.

The subdivision was the product of Wilbur Harrell and realtor-builder Isabella Sullivan.

It became home to many upper-middle class Jewish residents in the 1950s and 1960s, and many of them coordinate with leading architects in Evansville.

The nomination, in addition to being Evansville’s first mid-century district, will also explore the role Sullivan played as one of the most active women in real estate at the time, as well as the socioeconomic context of the neighborhood as it relates to the Jewish community.

The district will include approximately 100 contributing properties.

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(This story was originally published on August 27, 2019)

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