Economist to Evaluate Impact of Historic Preservation in Indy

National expert discusses economic contributions of historic buildings to community.

Donovan Rypkema, a Washington, DC-based economist, will lecture at Indiana Landmarks Center on Nov. 30. His talk, “The Value and Values of Preservation,” touches on the ways revitalized historic buildings and districts affect a community.

“Property values, economic values, cultural values, business values. We’re learning and documenting more each year about the multiple ways historic buildings and neighborhoods add value to a city,” Rypkema says.

Rypkema founded PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based firm nationally known for its analysis of the impacts of historic preservation. Indiana Landmarks hired PlaceEconomics to analyze the economic contributions of historic preservation to the City of Indianapolis. Rypkema will offer a sneak preview of his firm’s findings. The full study will be available early in 2018.

Rypkema’s firm has produced studies for 30 years on the predicted impact of tax credits and other revitalization and development incentives, as well as the actual economic impact of such incentives, local designation, rightsizing, and sustainable development. His dynamic presentation style derives from his broad historical perspective and the interesting, accessible way he interprets data.

The lecture takes place in Cook Theater at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis. Doors open with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., followed by Rypkema’s talk and Q&A, 6-7 p.m. The lecture is free with an online rsvp at
or by calling 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.

WHAT: “The Value and Values of Preservation,” lecture by Donovan Rypkema

WHEN: Nov. 30, 6 p.m. (refreshments at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Cook Theater, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

COST: Free with online reservation at or by calling 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534


Media Contacts: Tina Connor, Exec. VP, Indiana Landmarks, 317-822-7903 / 317-946-3127,
Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487,


Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

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