The Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Ind., to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Ind.  The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis.

Built in 1891, Central Avenue Methodist Church graced its neighborhood with its nine towers and eye-catching domes, and served as the center of a large worship community for decades. But by 1999, the dwindled congregation could not maintain the 650-seat Romanesque Revival church, its 1900 Sunday school wing or its 1922 school building. The church, along with the surrounding Old Northside historic district, was facing an uncertain future.

Then, in 2009, Indiana Landmarks began exploring how it could adapt the church as its headquarters. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Cook family, Indiana Landmarks was able to complete a $19 million restoration to convert the church into a cultural center.  Today, the facility holds two theaters, a reception hall, meeting rooms, an art gallery, catering kitchens and Indiana Landmarks’ offices. The building reopened in 2012, and thanks to its top-to-bottom transformation, this dramatic building is once again a place for people to meet and celebrate - just in new and creative ways.           

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country.”  

The award will be presented to Indiana Landmarks at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. on November 1, 2013. 

Co-recipients are: the Cook Group and Pritchett Brothers Construction.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizens’ attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at



The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners:

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.   

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl. 

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.   

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



African Meeting House, Boston Massachusetts

Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California 

NSO Bell Building, Detroit, Michigan 

Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah

St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, New Mexico 

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri

Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa



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