Restoration work begins for Old Northside landmark

March 1, 2010
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Old Centrum thumbHistoric Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has taken over the Romanesque Revival former church known as Old Centrum along Central Avenue at 12th Street. The foundation already is working to stabilize the building, which opened in 1892 as the Central Avenue United Methodist Church, and is considering moving its headquarters there. The building most recently provided offices for a handful of not-for-profit groups, but it closed in March 2008 as the caretaker, Old Centrum Foundation, fell behind on maintenance. Historic Landmarks is taking over the building by virtue of a loan it had provided to the foundation, said Marsh Davis, the group’s president. The previous owner had estimated a full restoration could cost as much as $10 million. Davis said the first priority is to save a building that’s in bad shape after two years of sitting vacant. Discussions about whether to move the Historic Landmarks headquarters and its 22-person Indianapolis staff could come later.

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  • Cool!
    Very happy to see that this building is going to be looked after.
  • LOVE IT
    This is awesome news. The Old Centrum is an amazing Indianapolis landmark and I'm thrilled to see Historic Landmarks taking action. YEAH!! I can't wait to see the end result!
  • Great
    Every time I pass by this building I dream about what it might be. This is great news. I hope it becomes more interactive - maybe with part of the space for first friday events, or something of that sort (we can find artists... right?)
  • Good News
    It's good to hear that this historic structure will be given a new lease on life. Senator Lugar's family attended the church once located in this building, as well as the O'Bannons during their time in Indianapolis.

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