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October 2013 Eavesdropping
Mitch Zoll Joins the DHPA
After a lengthy search, archaeologist Mitch Zoll has been named to the position of DNR’s Director of the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Before coming to the State, Mitch was a prominent figure in the Indiana archaeology world. He worked for Ball State University where he was an Assistant Director in the Anthropology Department’s Archaeological Resources Management Service; he retired from BSU in 2007 to take a position in the public, cultural resource management field. He served as Vice-President of Operations at Pioneer Consulting Services, an archaeological and historical consulting firm, from 2007 until his position with the state. Mitch also served as one of the professional archaeology positions on the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board. Mitch has a Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Ball State University and has authored or been the Principal Investigator of over 2200 Cultural Resource Management Reports. Please join the staff at the DHPA in welcoming Mitch on board.
SHAARD, New Surveys and Some Odd Numbering
Over the decades, if you ever used a county interim report, you know that the numbering system was systematic and predictable. Townships were numbered not in alphabetical order, but start in the northeastern most township in a particular county. The last block of five numbers in a site’s Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory number forms a discrete site number. The first two digits of that block of numbers refer to the site’s township; the final three digits are site specific. The township numbers are assigned in increments of five. For example, in Bartholomew County, Haw Creek Township (the northeastern most township) begins with 00, while Flatrock Township (the next township west) is 05. Since the DHPA numbers townships in multiples of five, the scattered sites and historic districts take the next number up from the township number. For example back in Bartholomew County, the City of Hope (in Haw Creek Township) has one historic district and also scattered sites. Since Hope is in Haw Creek Township (whose first two digits are 00) the district would then have the number of 01 and the scattered sites of Hope would have numbers starting with 02.
Well, this system changes a bit with SOME counties in the new SHAARD and electronic field application. When new surveys of a county are done, they will be completed without paper forms; instead the surveyors will record their information on tablets. Once a township is finished, the information is automatically downloaded into SHAARD. With some of the counties being done right now, specifically Allen County, numbering will have to change just a bit. Not because of the way we are doing survey (electronically) or because of the SHAARD database system. It’s all because of how many structures are in Allen County today.
A survey includes all structures built over 40 years ago. Think about it – that includes ranch houses, more “modern” buildings built in the suburbs, and even mobile homes. It increases the number of structures we survey significantly. That means more buildings than can be accommodated using the current numbering system. So, for counties that won’t fit the traditional model, we are adjusting the numbering system slightly.
We still start with 00 in the northeastern most township in any county and follow the five-digit increments where possible. However, there are some townships where the number of sites exceeds the 999 sites available in each range (00001-00999). In those instances, we use up the two-digit range and extend into as many additional ranges as needed before starting either historic districts, scattered sites, or the next township.
With paper survey the township numbering followed a serpentine pattern; this serpentine pattern is also used in the individual site numbering within a township. With the move to electronic survey, the individual site numbering is no longer following the serpentine pattern. Survey numbers are assigned automatically when records are converted into SHAARD and there is no way to maintain the old individual site numbering pattern.
We know this makes it a little harder to follow the numbering system and search for sites in SHAARD, but by using SHAARD GIS (our online GIS mapping system) you can visually see structures in a township or historic district or scattered sties and determine their number.
If you have questions or problems finding the site you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact our office. We’ll walk you through the use of SHAARD and explain how to find what you are looking for. Also, we are updating our User Guide for SHAARD and SHAARD GIS; that should be completed in December.
2013 Grant Highlight
The Whiting Community Center was built by the Rockefeller family and Standard Oil Company as a memorial for those who fought in WWI and to provide a recreation, entertainment, and social activity venue for Whiting, home of the oil company’s largest refinery. It opened in 1923 to a crowd of 5,000 people. Like many historic buildings, the Community Center has suffered from deferred or inappropriate maintenance and has various preservation and rehabilitation needs. In 2003, the City commissioned a building evaluation and needs assessment which identified more than $2.4 million of needed repair and renovation. The City, committed to the Center and its importance to the community, began undertaking projects with the assistance of public and private donations from many partners to pursue many of these projects.
As a municipally-owned building listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Whiting Community Center is eligible to apply for Historic Preservation Fund matching grants from the DHPA.
Save the Date for the 2014 Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference
While frost is not quite on the pumpkin yet, the sponsors of Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference have been meeting and planning the 2014 conference. Planned for April 9-11, 2014 in New Albany, the conference will celebrate the river heritage, preservation topics at the forefront of Indiana’s movement and offer attendees a special trip down the Ohio River and through the lock system. So, save the date and look for more information to come. The committee is still fine tuning all the details, but look for a program and information about registration in January at our homepage.
Find DHPA on Facebook
DHPA is finally on social media! With the launch of our FaceBook page in September, we are reaching new audiences with this tool. Various themes run every week (like Money Monday and What’s that Wednesday), while other timely information will also be posted to keep people abreast of latest news and happenings. So “Like” us at http://www.facebook.com/INdhpa
The Plight of Gary’s Public Library
Every once in a while, an historic researcher has a “eureka” moment. As a researcher, you accept that it often takes a lot of work to uncover the facts about a story. But, once in awhile you uncover a treasure trove of information. That was my experience at the Gary Public Library.
For the last several years, I have been writing National Register nominations for the not-for-profit preservation organization, Partners in Preservation. One of the opportunities they offered me was to research and write a National Register nomination for Theodore Roosevelt High School, which led me to the architectural files of the Gary Land Company located within the archives of the Gary Public Library. The problem is, The Gary Public Library, like the city, has financial problems. In fact, for the last year, the main library, where the collection is housed, has been closed and the archives boxed up and stored, inaccessible for study.
Exhibit on Jan Ruhtenberg
Simply put, Jan Ruhtenberg is the greatest architect you’ve never heard of. After two years of research, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art has opened a retrospective of Ruhtenberg’s work, Come Here Architekt.
Ruhtenberg’s accomplishments are astonishing. He was an apprentice and colleague of Mies Van Der Rohe during his most significant projects; a close confidant of Philip Johnson who helped introduce modernism to America; a man who escaped Nazi Germany to design projects for Herman Miller, Greta Garbo, Nelson Rockefeller and the Swedish Royal family. However, as Jan approached the pinnacle of his profession, he was outed as a gay man in conservative 1950s America. Jan’s commissions disappeared and he all but vanished from the history of modern architecture.
This exhibition (which closes November 16) begins a process of reintroducing the world to one of its great architects and designers.
Section 106 Application Tool Kit now Available
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has announced the availability of an Applicant Toolkit developed to provide guidance on the steps necessary to fulfill the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to those who apply for federal licenses, permits, funding, or approvals. Many federal agencies now require applicants to assist them in compliance with Section 106; these tools will help applicants better engage in Section 106 reviews and support timely reviews.
The toolkit includes an overview of the Section 106 requirements and step by step guidance on supporting consultation with states and Indian tribes, engaging stakeholders, and avoiding inadvertent activities that may adversely affect historic properties. The ACHP encourages you to share this toolkit with others who may need to better understand the role of applicants in the Section 106 process and would benefit from the information it provides.
Indiana's Courthouse Squares Now Available Online
Indiana's Courthouse Squares showcases all 92 county courthouses and their adjoining commercial squares in the state of Indiana in an online, interactive website.
County courthouses serve as iconic fixtures for a community's identity that: symbolically asserts the rule of law at the center of American society; exhibits a unique architecture that captures the era in which the structure was built; serves as the iconic edifice for many of the county seats; and provides centralized places for economic and social activities. In recent decades, several communities in Indiana have taken significant efforts to revitalize their courthouses, which has assisted in the rejuvenation of their surrounding squares. Of the 92 Indiana counties, 83 communities have retained their historic courthouses. Several counties have lost their historic courthouses due to natural disasters (Crawford and White), or choice (Cass, Clark, Delaware, Floyd, Madison, and Marion). Martin and Perry counties have retained their original structures as part of historical societies, but have modern buildings to serve government business. Dearborn, Harrison, Lake, LaPorte, Perry, St. Joseph, and Wayne counties all have retained their original courthouses, but have modern buildings for government use (Indiana's Courthouse Preservation Advisory Commission, 2011).
The project, created by Ball State University, can be used by teachers, visitors to the state, or Hoosiers looking to learn more about their communities…..the possibilities are endless.
New regional boundaries take effect for Indiana Landmarks
Indiana Landmarks’ network of regional offices has recently been redrawn, which means that folks in some counties will be calling a different office for local help. You can find the updated map on their website.
Internships at DHPA
Throughout the year, the DHPA frequently hosts interns from universities across the state (sometimes even from outside of Indiana). These unpaid positions are an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about real world history and preservation jobs, acquire news skills, and deliver important products for the office. If you or someone you know is interested in interning at the DHPA, contact our office at 317/234-1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHPA Calendar of Events
The DHPA has launched a new Calendar of Events system where you can search by date for events related to DHPA, archaeology, and preservation. Everything from the Historic Review Board meetings to events associated with Archaeology Month can be found there.