Diamond in the Rough
Even in its current condition, Logansport’s Schneider Building is an attention-getter. Located at 815 15th Street in the city’s Midtown neighborhood, the commercial building stands apart from the houses around it. On the market for just $4,000, the Schneider Building is a unique opportunity for the right buyer, in a neighborhood ripe for investment.
As the Midtown area developed at the end of the nineteenth century, the Schneider Building was part of a block of commercial buildings surrounded by homes. At one time, the street boasted a dry goods store, meat market, pool hall, and barber shop. With a variety of architectural styles, Midtown is a diverse, quiet residential area that retains several original corner-store buildings. A number of historic properties in the neighborhood have been rehabbed in recent years, and the City is currently examining future uses for a large grassy lot across the street from the Schneider Building, former site of the Tipton Elementary School.
Built in 1898 as a saloon, the Schneider building served as a grocery and meat market during Prohibition, and most recently as apartments. The two-story brick building is solid overall, but years of unabated water infiltration caused a back corner to collapse last December.
The City is willing to help with exterior repairs; interior rehabilitation will be up to a new owner. The property will be sold with preservation covenants requiring exterior work to be approved by Indiana Landmarks and the Logansport Historic Preservation Commission.
For more information, contact Deb Parcell in Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office, 574-232-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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