The renovations of the preservation room continue to progress • Current edition


Noblesville Preservation Alliance purchased Preservation Hall in October 2019 and is renovating the building. (Photo courtesy of Noblesville Preservation Alliance)

Noblesville Preservation Alliance Board Chair Sandy Stewart observed the progress of the renovation of Preservation Hall.

“The most satisfying thing is to see the building gradually emerge from its practical and modern cocoon and become true to its vernacular, while embracing its new role as the NPA’s headquarters and community events center,” a- she declared. “The Preservation Room was a featured stop on the Historic Home Tour on September 18, and it was especially gratifying to watch the public react to its magnificent new look, especially the porch and main entrance. Even incomplete, Preservation Hall dazzled.

Stewart said the NPA purchased Preservation Hall, formerly known as Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., in October 2019. She said the group immediately started working inside, painting all the walls. interiors and removing the walls of the lower level to create an open space. meeting room furnished with period tables and chairs donated by members and supporters.

“The walls upstairs and downstairs are decorated with historic Noblesville photos and posters framed from the past 34 years of NPA home visits and other events,” said Stewart. “Below you will also find photos of the 1938 inauguration of the Lutheran Church of Christ. Exterior work began in July with the removal of the exterior siding and the relocation of the ramp. Construction of the main entrance and porch began on August 4 and was completed in time for the home visit.

A concert, which had to be rescheduled from 2020, took place on September 30.

“This concert was an especially joyful celebration as it marked the start of many exciting new program possibilities at Preservation Hall,” said Stewart.

The first official event was the grand opening and kick-off of the fundraising campaign in November 2019, followed in early 2020 by a concert and oral history presentation from Noble Stories. When in-person events became impractical amid the COVD-19 pandemic, Stewart said the NPA created a safe outdoor flea market with vintage artifacts and architectural salvage at Preservation Hall and others. neighborhood houses. The flea market is back this year and is planned as an annual event.

Stewart said the remaining elements of the project will be addressed as funds become available, using community volunteers where possible and construction professionals for work beyond the reach of the volunteers. .

The next objective of the project is a ramp to be moved for easier access to the building. Site drawings were donated by Peterson Architecture and cement for the pilings donated by Ready Mix Concrete.

Other necessary upgrades include the existing window converted to an access door for the ramp; restoration / repair of the original windows of the building; removing the remaining siding and painting the sides and back of the building including repairing, scraping and painting the railing and shed and converting the backyard to a patio and patio combination parking for disabled people.

“The dramatic transformation that this charming little building has emerged from its vinyl siding and other upgrades,” said Stewart. “The first photo we have was taken in 1916 in Ohio before the building was moved to Noblesville. Under the expert guidance of Indiana Landmarks, we meticulously, but not precisely, restore the exterior to the early 1900s style. Recognizing that the purpose of the building has evolved from church to community event venue, Landmarks has enabled ‘addition of a small covered porch.

The original 2020 estimate for the entire exterior renovation was almost $ 75,600. The post-COVID estimate, reflecting material price increases, for the porch alone was $ 53,074. There was an additional expense of $ 1,500 for the custom foundation stone.

“Serve Noblesville’s amazing team of Christmas in-action volunteers removed the vinyl siding, the old deck and railing, and re-roofed the basement entrance at a cost of $ 192 for kids. miscellaneous supplies, ”she said.

Stewart said that to complete the remaining projects, the NPA will likely spend an additional $ 25,000 to $ 30,000.

Stewart said funds are also needed to withdraw the $ 75,000 Indiana Landmarks / Efroymson Family Endangered Places loan. In addition to donations, the Preservation Hall is available for hire. Sponsorships that include permanent naming opportunities inside the building are also available for businesses and individuals. For more information, please see or contact NPA at [email protected].

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