DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - A historic Delphi mansion has been one of the unfortunate few added to a list of most endangered Indiana landmarks.
Indiana Landmarks, a statewide non-profit preservation organization, releases its list of 10 Most Endangered landmarks every year.
The sites that make it to the list are significant and irreplaceable, and usually, quite a challenge to rescue.
"These landmarks preserve connections to our shared heritage and restoring them can spur broader revitalization," Indiana Landmarks president Marsh Davis said. "All of these places are full of memories and meaning and revitalization potential."
Delphi's Bowen House overlooking Deer Creek was built on Main Street in 1896. It has become a new entry on the 10 Most Endangered list for 2013.
According to Indiana Landmarks, unlike in modern suburban houses, when the tile roof of the Bowen House gets a leak – consequences are much more severe.
In newer homes, sections of ruined drywall are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace. In the Bowen House, decorative plaster, wall murals, carved woodwork and wainscoting (wooden panels lining the lower parts of rooms) can suffer, and may not recover if the house remains vacant for much longer.
One of Delphi's great Victorian homes, Indiana Landmarks says the Bowen House is in real-estate limbo, vacant – and it will endure a slow demolition by neglect if something is not done.
Since the release of the first 10 Most Endangered list in 1991, Indiana Landmarks says only 12 landmarks have been lost out of 92 historic places in severe jeopardy that have appeared on the list.
The 2013 10 Most Endangered list includes seven new entries and three landmarks making repeat appearances.
Here are the nine other entries for this year's list:
• Anderson Athletic Park Pool in Anderson
• Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District and State Boulevard in Fort Wayne
• Eagle Cotton Mill in Madison
• Flanner House Homes Historic District and Phillips Temple in Indianapolis
• Kingsbury Ordnance Plant Employment Office in Kingsbury
• Walkerton Church in Walkerton
• Harmony Way Bridge, between New Harmony and White County, Illinois
• Old Clarksville Site in Clarksville
• The Pantheon Theatre in Vincennes
Indiana Landmarks has nine offices located throughout Indiana. People who join the organization receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist. For more on the organization you can call 317-639-4534 or head to Indiana Landmarks' website.
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