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May 2014

Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, and the Reitz Home Museum present a full slate of lectures, tours, activities, and events.



Preservation Keynote Address and

Awards Presentation

The Bus Station is a Big Deal:  The National Significance of Evansville’s Greyhound Bus Terminal

Benjamin L. Ross

Tuesday, May 20, 7:00p.m. Reitz Home Carriage House

      This year’s Amy W. MacDonell—Randall T. Shepard Historic Preservation Lecture features Evansville’s locally beloved Greyhound Bus Terminal.  Our station also has national stature.  It is a unique piece of architecture exemplifying the Art Moderne style of architecture and the Depression era. At one time these ‘monuments of blue’ dotted the nation.  Now our station is arguably the best of the few that are left. Our speaker, Benjamin L. Ross, will put our bus station in its national context showing us some of the other examples remaining in the country and illustrating the national attention the building has attracted. The renovation Indiana Landmarks is just getting underway will also be featured.

     Ross, a graduate of the Ball State Historic College of Architecture and Planning, is a Historic Preservation Specialist at Ratio Architects in Indianapolis. He is currently one of the principal architects working on the restoration of the Evansville Greyhound Terminal.  After the speaker, Preservation Alliance will present its “Ten Most Endangered List” and announce its local Preservation Awards.  Free program; reception following speaker sponsored by Preservation Alliance of Evansville.




Greyhound Bus Station Pre-Restoration Tour– Modern Architecture in the Downtown

     Saturday, May 10, 1:00p.m-3:00p.m. Restoration is about to start on this downtown monument.  Talk to the restoration architects, David Kroll and Ben Ross. See the building stripped down before work starts.  An ‘idea wall’ will be there for people to leave their own ideas and concepts. From 2:30p.m. to 3:45p.m. Modern Architecture historian S. Alan Higgins and Dennis M. Au will lead a brief tour highlighting 20th century Downtown buildings from Art Deco to Mid-century Modern. Host: Stewart Sebree, Indiana Landmarks


Oak Hill Cemetery

     Sunday, May 11, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.  Tour departs from the veteran’s memorial to the right of the main entrance.  This year’s walk features the 19th century section of the cemetery.  The tour highlights the fascinating stories of the pioneers of Evansville buried here, the artwork of the monuments, and the African-American section. The history of Evansville literally “comes alive.”  Guide: Dennis M. Au


Historic West Franklin Street

     Wednesday, May 14, 6:30p.m.8:30p.m. Walking tour departs from the front of the West Branch Library at 2000 West Franklin Street.  This is the old German side of town.  Tour features both the West Franklin Street business district as well as the fine residential dwellings on Wabash Avenue of the Flags.  Guide: Joseph Engler


Riverside Historic District – East

     Thursday, May 15, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.  Tour starts at the First Baptist Church parking lot (S.E. Third at Cherry Streets).  Some of the oldest homes in the district are here.  See many of the fine early Italianate and Second Empire residences in this premiere historic neighborhood.  Guide: Dennis M. Au


Brushes with history:

Exploring architecture as inspiration for art

      Event begins with tour of the historic area that is open to all. After this we encourage artists and photographers to set up their easels and tripods in the Plein Air tradition and explore the architecture’s artistic potential. Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library librarian Teresa Schneider will coordinate this part of the activity and organize an exhibition of the artwork.

 Art Stroll through Lincolnshire

     Wednesday, May, 28.  Tour 6:00p.m. Plein Air art until 8:30p.m. Commences in front of St. Benedict Cathedral, 1312 Lincoln Ave.  Introductory walk covers core of this district that features Evansville’s finest early 20th century ‘revival architecture.’ Tour Guide: Dennis M. Au


SPECIAL Activities and lectures

Feel the History – Premiere of YouTube / QR Code Tour of Riverside Historic District

     Tuesday, May 6, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.  Students of Jon Carl’s Reitz High School ‘Feel the History’ program produced 18 new and reworked capsule histories and architectural descriptions of some of the finest homes in the Riverside District.  When complete, 30 video clips will be downloadable for virtual tours at home or on walks through the neighborhood. Program Director: Jon Carl

                Who Do You Think You Are?  Digital Local History Resources to Research Everything from your House to your Family

     Tuesday, May 6, 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Howard Room, Red Bank Library

     Tuesday, May 13, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Tech Center, Central Library.  Get hands-on experience with the library’s new Evansville Historic Newspaper Database, Browning genealogical databases, and the library’s extensive local history digital archive.

Historic Buildings of Evansville

     Thursday, May 8, 6p.m.-7:30p.m. Willard Library.  Local historian Harold Morgan features historic images of houses, stores, and factories gleaned in his many years of research in archives and collections.  This digital presentation is a chance to see these monuments of our history when they were at their prime.


Reitz Home Free Admission Day

   Sunday, May 18, 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Evansville’s Victorian jewel, the Reitz Home, 224 S.E. First St., offers free admission in observance of Preservation Month.

Tour Evansville in 1856

     Monday, May 19, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Indiana Room, Central Library.  The public library just acquired a rare 1856 perspective view of Evansville. After unveiling this new resource,   Historic Preservation Officer Dennis M. Au will identify buildings and features on this early map like the canal, graveyard, and old, old courthouse.


The West Franklin Street Historic District

     Thursday, May 22, 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.Willard Library.  You know what it looks like now – Willard archivist Patricia Sides will tap the photo resources of her library to present images giving an overview of what this historic neighborhood was in the past. 


Local History Open House – Central Library

   Thursday, May 22, 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Learn about the local history resources in the Indiana Room on the second floor of Central Library.  Presentations between 4:30 and 5:30 will highlight recent projects and acquisitions.


Renovator’s Yard Sale

    Saturday, June 7, 7:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Riverside Historic District.  Yard sale featuring architectural salvage. For information:


Contact:           Dennis M. Au, Historic Preservation Officer

                        (812) 436-7823



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