Every day, all year long, Indiana Landmarks works to revitalize historic structures that give our communities visible connections to their past and lend irreplaceable visual character to the streetscape. Once a year, we announce the 10 Most Endangered, a list of historic places on the brink of extinction and too important to lose.
Our 2021 entries include one of state’s first high schools built exclusively for Black students; a train depot that embodies Indiana’s limestone legacy; an artfully designed jail and sheriff’s residence; a classic high school gymnasium; a groundbreaking mid-century hospital; a pre-Civil War brewery building; a nineteenth-century commercial block; a neglected historic house; an African American lodge and social club; and a decaying community mausoleum. These places shape lives, and when they’re gone, they leave a void that can’t be filled.
An important example of Mid-Century Modern design with a provenance involving several nationally renowned architects, Marion’s vacant Davis Clinic building is a landmark that’s too important to lose.
The Kamm and Schellinger Brewery is the last of a once-thriving industrial area along Mishawaka’s riverfront, but there is increasing pressure to demolish the historic building in favor of new development.
County officials have repeatedly discussed demolishing New Castle’s Courthouse Annex building and using the site for parking, a move that would rob the city’s courthouse square of its historic character.
With extremely limited funds, township officials have been unable to address deferred maintenance at Oxford’s Community Mausoleum, an all-too-common reflection of similar conditions at other community mausoleums around the state.
The long-vacant B.G. Pollard Lodge represents an important chapter in Bloomington’s Black history, a rare survivor among the city’s African American landmarks that deserves broader attention.
Seymour’s WPA-era Shields Memorial Gym occupies a prime spot in the city’s Walnut Street Historic District, surrounded by open land that could make it a target for demolition and development.
Demolition threatens Lafayette’s Falley-O’Gara-Pyke House, a standout Italianate-style home in the city’s National Register-listed St. Mary Historic District.
One of only three Indiana high schools built exclusively for African Americans, Gary’s Roosevelt High School already suffered declining enrollment and financial hardship when burst pipes forced students to move out.
Vacated after completion of a new facility, Tipton County’s 1895 jail and sheriff’s residence are ripe for reuse, but finding the capital will be a challenge in a rural county with limited funding.
Bedford’s vacant Monon Station urgently needs repair to halt deterioration before finding a reuse becomes even more difficult.
Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.