Sunday, October 23, 2005

Helpful info for Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday’s workshop promises to be an educational and helpful event. The amount of information provided could also be quite overwhelming. The below is being provided as pre-read information to assist in acclimating to terms and programs that may be covered during the day. Also included is a description of the buildings that will be visited during the day.

Mr. David Duvall (Historical Architect) will be the representative from the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA). His bio is below:

David Duvall has been with the Division since 1998. David is a graduate of University of Cincinnati - College of Design Architecture and Art and is a registered architect in the State of Indiana. In addition to architectural practice with a focus on historic preservation, he has also served as Director of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County.

What is the DHPA? The DHPA is comprised of six individual, but coordinated, sections: Registration and Survey, Archaeology, Architecture and Tax Credits, Grants, Historic Structures Review, and Special Projects. For more information on the DHPA’s mandates, programs, services, and staff please visit their website

For best description of what they do and how they do it I recommend this section of the site:

Three buildings will be visited during the workshop. The following descriptions were taken directly from the National Register application for Downtown. The descriptions are important because they describe the key architectural elements of the buildings.

Shrader Stables – 118 W. Main Street, Italianate, c. 1870.
This is a two and a half story brick building, with a wide, projecting decorated cornice with double scrolled brackets and a corbelled course as a lower frieze. The second story windows are round headed with decorative, projecting hoods with modified keystones and brackets. There are six in the façade and all have plain stone sills. The store front consists of a small entrance at left to the upper floors, with tow bays filled with garage doors (modern and at right, entrance to the store front with transoms occluded and a large display window).

Reisz Building – 146 E. Main Street, Italianate, c. 1880.
A tan brick commercial/industrial building with three stories and a low, side gabled roof. This building has nice bays on the front façade which has a decorative projecting cornice and shadows of the dentils. The windows are mostly blocked with metal, and have dressed, flat stone heads and sills. On the west façade, there are three ranks of multi-light, metal casement windows. The main floor was remodeled c. 1950 with a canted glass front, the panes of which are separated by massive concrete piers. Above is a metal and neon sign across the entire façade.

Baptist Tabernacle – 318 E. Fourth Street, Neoclassical Revival, c. 1879
An outstanding building, brick of three plus stories, with an ornate façade comprised of three bays, each of which has a round arched opening or panel marked by limestone from a limestone capital above brick pilasters. The central element has a pedimented roof with a projecting cornice with small brackets. There is a curved band of dentils above the main central arch which are flanked left and right by pressed metal capitals above brick pilasters. The side elevation of the building contains corbelled brick arches, with at least one metal casement window in the space. All of the arched windows have stone sills. There is a limestone water table.

Each building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and within the boundaries of the Downtown Local Historic District.

Because the buildings are in a local historic district, the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission will be responsible for reviewing plans for exterior restorations or alterations to assure appropriateness and compatibility.

This post is getting rather lengthy, so I will be adding more posts later with additional definitions and helpful web links.

No comments: