Take a Drive and Check Out These Award Winners

Central Indiana preservation projects earn kudos from Indiana Landmarks.

1899 Building at former Central State Hospital
Two buildings at the former Central State campus in Indianapolis earned an Outstanding Restoration Award from our Central Regional Office. The former men's recreation building became the 1899 Experience Venue, a rental event facility.

Indiana Landmarks presents regional preservation awards to recognize owners responsible for outstanding restoration, adaptive use and maintenance. At our recent Indiana Modern lecture in Indianapolis, our Central Regional Office recognized five winners that exemplify the best in stewardship of historic places.

Real estate developer and property management firm Reverie Estates received an Outstanding Restoration Award for its restoration of two buildings at the former Central State Hospital in Indianapolis. In converting the administration building into dormitory style housing, Reverie retained and repurposed many original features. The men’s recreation building became the elegant 1899 Experience Venue, a rental event facility.

An Outstanding Restoration Award also went to Martinsville Candy Kitchen with for the remarkable storefront restoration of its building on the city’s courthouse square.

Miles Mattingly received our Angie’s List Old House Rehab Award for his top-to-bottom transformation of a Victorian cottage at 1657 N. Talbott St. in the Herron-Morton Place Historic District. Read more about the house at

We recognized Indiana University and Link Observatory Space Science Institute with our Continued Use Award for the Link Observatory in Morgan County. Physician and avid stargazer Dr. Goethe Link built the observatory in 1939 and donated it to Indiana University in 1948. The university partners with the Link Observatory Space Science Institute to host programs at the site.

Our Adaptive Use Award went to TWG Development for its $18.5 million adaptation of Indianapolis’ Consolidated Building, a historic office building, into apartments known as Penn Street Tower.

For more information on the Central Indiana Preservation Awards, contact Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services at 317-639-4534 or

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