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Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored offers dramatic before-and-after photographs that show remarkable turnarounds for endangered places as diverse as the oldest house in Wabash—small and quirky—and Bush Stadium, original home of the Indianapolis Indians, reinvented as apartments. The coffee table book features more than 50 landmarks across the state snatched from the wrec Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored offers dramatic before-and-after photographs that show remarkable turnarounds for endangered places as diverse as the oldest house in Wabash—small and quirky—and Bush Stadium, original home of the Indianapolis Indians, reinvented as apartments. The coffee table book features more than 50 landmarks across the state snatched from the wrecking ball or lifted from decades of neglect and restored to new uses. The magnificent West Baden Springs Hotel—featured on the cover—makes the heart soar, rising from ruinous collapse to fairy tale castle, a turnaround that lifted an entire regional economy. So does the Fowler Theater, a dark and downtrodden spot restored to a neon-lit, beloved community anchor. In addition to individual landmarks, the book covers the transformation of entire historic neighborhoods. For example, Indianapolis’s Lockerbie Square in the 1970s was plagued by vacant and dilapidated buildings until Indiana Landmarks targeted the district, buying and reselling a third of the houses and attracting young families and retirees to downtown living. While color pictures tell the tales, the accompanying text gives a thumbnail history of each landmark and how it was rescued and restored. The book may spark conversation, home-improvement projects, even travel plans to see some of the historic places in person (although many of the sites featured are privately owned and not open to the public). It may also fire the imaginations of youngsters with an interest in architecture and historic preservation. Proceeds from the sales of Rescued & Restored support the work of Indiana Landmarks, a 60-year-old nonprofit organization, to save and revitalize more historic Hoosier places.


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Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored offers dramatic before-and-after photographs that show remarkable turnarounds for endangered places as diverse as the oldest house in Wabash—small and quirky—and Bush Stadium, original home of the Indianapolis Indians, reinvented as apartments. The coffee table book features more than 50 landmarks across the state snatched from the wrec Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored offers dramatic before-and-after photographs that show remarkable turnarounds for endangered places as diverse as the oldest house in Wabash—small and quirky—and Bush Stadium, original home of the Indianapolis Indians, reinvented as apartments. The coffee table book features more than 50 landmarks across the state snatched from the wrecking ball or lifted from decades of neglect and restored to new uses. The magnificent West Baden Springs Hotel—featured on the cover—makes the heart soar, rising from ruinous collapse to fairy tale castle, a turnaround that lifted an entire regional economy. So does the Fowler Theater, a dark and downtrodden spot restored to a neon-lit, beloved community anchor. In addition to individual landmarks, the book covers the transformation of entire historic neighborhoods. For example, Indianapolis’s Lockerbie Square in the 1970s was plagued by vacant and dilapidated buildings until Indiana Landmarks targeted the district, buying and reselling a third of the houses and attracting young families and retirees to downtown living. While color pictures tell the tales, the accompanying text gives a thumbnail history of each landmark and how it was rescued and restored. The book may spark conversation, home-improvement projects, even travel plans to see some of the historic places in person (although many of the sites featured are privately owned and not open to the public). It may also fire the imaginations of youngsters with an interest in architecture and historic preservation. Proceeds from the sales of Rescued & Restored support the work of Indiana Landmarks, a 60-year-old nonprofit organization, to save and revitalize more historic Hoosier places.

17 review for Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Historic buildings and homes rescued and restored in Indiana - this book shows the pre-restoration photos and afterwards photos and gives a brief history of the building . Since we are close to Indiana , we might be able to visit some of the sites if we are ever able to leave our state and travel again in the coming years. I have always loved old buildings and history so this book filled the bill.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a fun read and is a perfect coffee table book. I actually wish they had had MORE "after" pictures of the properties. I know the content was probably condensed to save pages, but it left me wanting to learn more about these properties. A quick read and I sincerely hope they come out with another volume in the future. This was a fun read and is a perfect coffee table book. I actually wish they had had MORE "after" pictures of the properties. I know the content was probably condensed to save pages, but it left me wanting to learn more about these properties. A quick read and I sincerely hope they come out with another volume in the future.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darel Krieger

    Good book if you want to learn about some historic buildings, house, bridges, etc. that were on the demolition block but with the help of Indiana Historic Landmarks and many other groups of this sort virtually all of them were saved and refurbished. More of a coffee table book than anything else.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sobia

    Makes me want to go see all these places. Sad to know that many of the restored buildings were really not that old and their deterioration was due to lack of maintenance and funding, thus leading to abandonment. Was happy to see places in Plainfield, FW, and Huntington were included.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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    Karen Wrenbeck

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    Amy

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    Tamara

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    Brandy

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

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    James

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    Dara

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    James Shonkwiler

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Martin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jarrod

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

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