Roughly bounded by Perry, Main and Mill Streets, Attica
In Fountain County, downtown Attica—a repeat entry on the 10 Most Endangered list—remains in need of investment and a plan to protect declining landmarks that, if left unattended, could lead to gaps in the National Register-listed streetscape.
Attica’s Downtown Historic District includes blocks of eye-catching landmarks dating from c.1850 to 1950, including commercial buildings, a historic hotel, and a theater. The city’s eponymous hotel presents one of the city’s most pressing preservation challenges. Built in 1853 and once a hub for travelers, Hotel Attica is now vacant and deteriorating. A rear wing sits open to the elements, its façade partially collapsed and continuing to crumble since suffering damage from a windstorm in 2012.
Community and business leaders have used 10 Most Endangered listing as a rallying cry to highlight challenges and draw support for downtown. A preservation ordinance and local designation could further their efforts, providing incentive for investment in the hotel and other commercial buildings threatened by vacancy, deferred maintenance, and demolition.
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.