Smaller Indiana Cities: Historic Preservation

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New owner sought for historic Attica property

Indiana Landmarks is looking for a new owner and steward for what it calls a unique property in the Fountain County city of Attica. The historic homes of Cottrell Village include three dwellings, two of which were built in the 1850s.

The buildings include the Norman and Maria Brown House, as well as the William and Emeline Brown House. A third building, a stable barn and guest house built in the 1990s, is also included on the property.

The older dwellings were restored in the 1980s and '90s by Attica native John Cottrell, a renowned interior decorator. Cottrell would also add the stable barn, as well as a historically appropriate, though non-functioning, privy and smokehouse.

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Wayne, DeKalb counties seek crowdfunding help for projects

Organizers of two projects are seeking crowdfunding help to enrich their communities. The projects, which include an old wedding chapel and a new playground, are eligible for matching funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The agency's CreatINg Places program provides a matching grant of up to $50,000 if the projects hit their crowdfunding goal on Patronicity.

East Germantown playground

If a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign is successful, Wayne County families could have a new playground in East Germantown to visit.

The project will create nearly 3,000 square feet of play space and will install two new basketball hoops as well as resurface the courts.

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Indiana Landmarks awards $470K in 2023

Over $470,000 was directed to not-for-profits and cities to rehabilitate and preserve historic structures across the state through Indiana Landmarks last year.

The organization said the funding was awarded to support efforts, including architectural assessments and repairs at historic structures, workshops, and digital walking tours promoting preservation and heritage.

"Indiana Landmarks offers grants to help spark community revitalization and bolster preservation projects around the state," Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis said in a news release. "We're extremely grateful that with the support of many generous donors we're able to offer this critical support to local groups and others engaged in preserving the state's meaningful places."

The grant award recipients are: