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May 2013

May is recognized as National Historic Preservation Month. Again, Evansville has a full slate of tours, events, and lectures and as well as the traditional awards banquets in recognition of this national observance. According to the city’s historic preservation office, Dennis M. Au, there will be some favorite activities from past observances as well as new participants and activities.


Featured Speaker

Preservation Keynote Address and Awards Presentation

Unnoticed Modern: The Midcentury Architecture of Evansville, Indiana, 1945-1978

Alan Higgins

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00p.m. Reitz Home Carriage House

Evansville’s recent architectural heritage has been ignored and overshadowed by the city’s rich legacy. This speaker is among the first to look at this part of our architectural heritage. Higgins will feature our splendid examples of residential, ecclesiastical, institutional, and commercial architecture.

Higgins, a graduate of the Ball State Historic Preservation Graduate Program, is an architectural historian in the Evansville office of Cultural Resource Analysts. 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.

Walking Tours

Historic District Churches

Sunday, May 5, noon-3:30p.m. Three churches in this historic area will have their doors open to feature staggered schedules of historic tours of their facilities, selections of music, children’s activities, and refreshments. Participants can move from one church to another on their own schedule. Participating churches: 1.) Trinity United Methodist, (1866) 216 S.E. Third St. 2.) 1st Baptist, (1921) 320 Cherry, 3.) St. Mary, (1881) 613 Cherry St. More information: Program Coordinator: Jess Durkin


Akin Park

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.-8:00p.m. Tour departs from corner of Madison Avenue and Park Dr. Twentieth century Bungalows and Prairie style homes grace the boarders of this 1916 historic park. Guide: Dennis M. Au

Lincolnshire Historic District Tour

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:00p.m. Tour begins in front of St. Benedict Cathedral, 1312 Lincoln Ave. This is Evansville’s first comprehensive residential development featuring some of Evansville’s finest 20th century Georgian and Tudor Revival homes—and even a stunning Moderne style residence. Guide: Dennis M. Au


Blackford’s Grove: The Village in the City

Friday, May 17, 6:30p.m-8:00p.m. Departs from Patchwork Central, 100 Washington Ave. Blackford's Grove is a small neighborhood with a big history and future. Tour covers historic and contemporary architecture as well as plans for the neighborhood in the heart of the Arts District. Concludes with a visit to Billy Hedel's Gallery. Guide: Tom Loesch and Billy Hedel


Oak Hill Cemetery: The Twentieth Century

Sunday, May 19, 2:00p.m.-4:30p.m. Tour departs from the Veteran’s Memorial to the right of the main entrance. As the garden paths of the nineteenth century portion of the cemetery filled at the dawn of the twentieth century, the city platted and opened the “Western Addition.” Here, following the new fashion of the day, Evansville’s elite are interred in lawn burials and a city of mausoleums. Guide: Dennis M. Au


Downtown Evansville Northwest of Main Street

Saturday, May 25, 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m. Gather on Vine St. side of Old Courthouse. Evansville’s premier buildings are on this side of Main St.—Old Courthouse, Coliseum, Old Jail, Greyhound Bus Station, and Old Post Office. Participants will have a chance to see newly restored Old Courthouse halls and Greyhound Station interior, before restoration. Guide: Dennis M. Au


Brushes with history:

Exploring architecture as inspiration for art

Each of this series of three events begins with a tour of a historic area. These walking tours are open to all. After the walk we encourage artists and photographers to set up their easels and tripods and explore the artistic potential of the architecture in the Plein Air tradition. An Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library centennial activity, the library will coordinate this part of the activity and organize an exhibition of the artwork produced. Artistic Coordinator: Teresa Schneider


Art Stroll through Bayard Park

Saturday, May, 4: Tour 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Plein Air art 10:00a.m. -2:00p.m. Commences at East Branch Library, 840 E. Chandler Ave. Walk around Bayard Park emphasizes artistic elements of the Prairie, Georgian Revival, Bungalow, and Beaux Artes styles. Tour Guide: Dennis M. Au.


Art Crawl Down West Franklin Street

Saturday, May 11: Tour 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Plein Air art 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.Walk commences at West Branch Library, 2000 W. Franklin St. and features the rich embellishments on the 19th and 20th century Italianate, Victorian, Neo-Classical, and Beaux Arts gems. Tour Guide: Fred Mulfinger.


Artistic Inspirations in the Riverside District

Saturday, May 18: Tour 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Plein Air art 10:00a.m -2:00p.m. Tour begins at Reitz Home carriage house, 224 S.E. First St. Here, better than anywhere else in the state, one can see architectural styles from 1830 to 1940. Appreciate and learn about the elements that make up these styles. Tour Guide: Dennis M. Au.


SPECIAL Activities and EVENTS

Library History and Architecture

Thursday, May 9, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Browning Room A, Central Library. Branch librarian Kate Linderman speaks on the history of past and present library buildings—East, West, and Cherry Street Branches, and Central Library.


Renovator’s Yard Sale

Saturday, May 11, 7:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Riverside Historic District. Yard sale with a “Historic Preservation flavor.” For information:


Marker Rededication

Saturday, May 11, noon. Blackford at S.E. Third St. “Civil War Camp” historical marker rededication. Marker had been damaged by a car and repaired by Mike Martin. Also presentation of “Joe Cook” plaque that had been removed from the neighborhood.

Reitz Home Free Admission Day

Sunday, May 26, 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.


Virtual Tours of Downtown Evansville 19th Century Residential Architecture

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Join Matt Rowe, Reitz Home Museum Director for a virtual tour of Evansville’s Riverside Historic District as he discusses the characteristics of 19th century residential architecture styles using examples from downtown Evansville.

Following Rowe’s program Reitz High School students will premier several vignette histories of homes in the Riverside district. A part of teacher Jon Carl’s “Feel the History” program. In the future, this will be part of a tour for downloading on personal and home electronic devices.


Contact: Dennis M. Au

Historic Preservation Officer

(812) 436-7823

Last updated: 5/2/2013 3:18:48 PM