LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — The Logansport Riverside Historic District is one step closer to being nationally registered historic land.
The registration application is on its way to the U.S. Department of Interior. In 1984, Logansport leaders worked to claim four districts as historic land.
While Bankers Row, The Courthouse and Point were all nationally registered, the Riverside Historic District was not.
According to Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell, Riverside Historic District was never officially registered due to change in administration and the local people involved in historic preservation at the time.
Mayor Kitchell said the national registration will have a ripple effect of benefits for the community starting with property owners in that district.
“It has a stamp of approval by the federal government on the architecture, it says this is significant, this needs to be saved,” said Kitchell.
If the architecture is considered significant the value goes up making the area more attractive to those interested in restoration.
“You can turn it into a palace overnight, literally, if you take the right home and the right circumstances and make the right amount of investment and that can happen in many cases in these homes,” said Kitchell.
He said even just being a neighbor is beneficial.
“If you take it and you renovate it or restore it, you preserve it, you add value to the neighborhood, to the property itself and to the community,” said Kitchell.
Mayor Kitchell hopes Riverside's national registration brings revitalization to the historic district.
“The city fathers built some magnificent structures in our community and it's up to us to be the caretakers, and the people that maintain this for the next generation,” said Kitchell.
There are 30 structures within the Riverside District that are considered historical. Mayor Kitchell said the application will be finalized by 2019.