Historic Preservation in Indiana

Historic Preservation in Indiana

Essays from the Field
Edited by Nancy R. Hiller
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Format: Paperback 16 color illus., 30 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01046-9
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Over the last half century, historic preservation has been on the rise in American cities and towns, from urban renewal and gentrification projects to painstaking restoration of Victorian homes and architectural landmarks. In this book, Nancy R. Hiller brings together individuals with distinctive styles and perspectives, to talk about their passion for preservation. They consider the meaning of place and what motivates those who work to save and care for places; the role of place in the formation of identity; the roles of individuals and organizations in preserving homes, neighborhoods, and towns; and the spiritual as well as economic benefits of preservation. Richly illustrated, Historic Preservation in Indiana is an essential book for everyone who cares about preserving the past for future generations.

Author Bio

Nancy R. Hiller is a cabinetmaker and principal designer at her firm, NR Hiller Design, Inc. She is author of A Home of Her Own (IUP, 2011) and The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History (IUP, 2009) and has published in numerous period design and woodworking magazines, including American Bungalow, Old House Interiors, and Fine Woodworking.

Kristen Clement is a natural light photographer based in Bloomington, Indiana.


“In this richly illustrated book, distinctive individuals share their passion for preservation as they consider the meaning of place, the role of place in the formation of identity, and economic benefits of preservation.”

“This is a must-read for anyone seeking to save meaningful places. This collection of fine essays on historic preservation motivates, provokes, and inspires the reader to become engaged with their own built environment. The authors collectively profile the challenges and solutions of revitalizing neighborhoods and downtowns, as well as our agricultural and industrial surroundings.”
 — Mark Dollase , Vice President of Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks

“Successful preservation doesn't happen in a vacuum—and yet the importance of individual efforts cannot be overstated, either. Through a series of compelling essays, Historic Preservation in Indiana shows us both the far-reaching ripples of one person’s singular endeavors, and what can be accomplished when entire communities ride waves of preservation education and triumphs.”
 — Demetra Aposporos , Editor-in-Chief, Old-House Journal

“Indiana is called home by individuals whose larger careers and production have been influential in the broader national discussion of public history and architecture. These reflections on the quality of place illustrate how the experience of environment for all of us is a series of choices made by regular citizens. ”
 — Nancy Hiestand, Historic Preservation Program Manager, City of Bloomington, Indiana

“If you’ve ever wondered about some of our historic buildings that were almost lost, take a look at Historic Preservation in Indiana. If you’ve ever wanted a powerfully written book to explain that pride in history, take a look at Historic Preservation in Indiana.”
 — Little Indiana

“This volume will provide interested readers, in Indiana and elsewhere, an introduction to a variety of approaches to and venues for historic preservation. Useful as a resource for local historic preservation socieites or for the interested newcomer, it would also make a fine contribution to a college course in historic preservation or public history. Largely eschewing theory and technical discussions, all of the essays are accessible and most are quite readable, while showing careful consideration of significant issues. ”
 — Northwest Ohio History

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Duncan Campbell
Introduction Nancy R. Hiller
1. Historic Preservation Henry Glassie
2. Economics and Restoration: The Story of a Neighborhood’s Rebirth Bill Sturbaum
3. Ode to a Bungalow Teresa Miller
4. The Old Library Debate: How Bloomington, Indiana Preserved Its Carnegie Library
Elizabeth Schlemmer
5. On Loan from the Sea Scott Russell Sanders
6. Industrial Muncie Cynthia Brubaker
7. Preservation as Good Business Gayle Cook
8. Passing Through: Historic Preservation in Pike County’s Patoka Bottoms Edith Sarra
9. "Where’s the Porch?" and Other Intersections between Archaeology and Historic Preservation Cheryl Munson
10. Preservation in Our Parks: A Natural Fit Vicki Basman and Benjamin Clark
11. Bloomington Restorations: Saving Landmarks, Neighborhoods, and Bloomington’s Sense of Place
Donald Granbois and Steve Wyatt
12. Guinea Hens in the Churchyard: Signposts of Maple Grove Road Lauren Coleman
13. No Place Like Home: Preservation, the Past, and Personal Identity David Brent Johnson

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