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New history center adds unique historic touches

The bricks that make up the walkway leading up to the entrance were salvaged from the downtown area when the railroad tracks were relocated. They date back to the early 1900's.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 6:09 PM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 6:19 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is keeping unique parts of Lafayette’s history alive at its new Historical Center.

The bricks that make up the walkway leading up to the entrance are not ordinary bricks.

They were salvaged from the downtown area when the railroad tracks were relocated. Those at the association say they date back to the early 1900's.

They have been kept in storage by the association ever since they were removed.

They are incorporating other historic aspects such as replica lamp posts. The building itself is a historic treasure. It was built in 1967 as the Masonic Lodge for this area.

While some parts of the building are being updated, many are staying the same. Such as the tile floor when you first walk in. The carpet in the auditorium with its bright colored pattern is made of wool.

Megan Lee is the Building Director for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. She said incorporating historic elements like the bricks helps keep Lafayette's history alive.

“By getting the bricks from the 20th century and putting those out on the patio as well as our donor bricks which are still available for purchase ane having those historic lamp posts on the patio, I think it really makes our building stand out,” she said.

She said now was the perfect time to put the bricks back to good use. She said people in this community prioritize preserving historic vibe of downtown.

As you walk around downtown you can see all the history so all of the new things that we are doing to this building and making sure that everything holds that historic aspect as this is a historic building is important,” she said.

She said when the center opens, it will be an event venue. They will be hosting the associations 90th anniversary at the new center on December 2nd. She said they are already taking reservations for the venue.

However they still need some help getting the funds to get some final projects completed around the center. Click here to learn more about how to donate.

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