A 19th century building once on the brink of demolition celebrates a new lease on life.
The ribbon was cut on the Owen Block building in Evansville Friday. It is now an apartment complex.
The group, Indiana Landmarks, started a fundraiser last year and eventually bought and sold the building to Architectural Renovators.
Contributions from the city and the “block-head” social media campaign funded the project, raising just over a million dollars.
“Not every city would’ve been as cooperative of the administration,” said Marsh Davis, President of Indiana Landmarks, “This building was becoming a definite health hazard. They could have said, “sorry folks, times up too late,” but they didn’t. Again they helped us, they gave us time to reach a solution.”
Indiana Landmarks also presented Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the city of Evansville with a historic preservation award for the city’s efforts.