Purdue students assess Logansport historic theater improvements for free

Dozens of Purdue University students have spent hours studying the Logansport Theater's foundation, walls and roof. About 95 of them have been spending their class time thinking of ways to best restore the more than seven-decade year old building. They say the project started with flooding issues in the theater, but it's become even more.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 11:45 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 11:47 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Dozens of Purdue University students have spent hours studying the Logansport Theater's foundation, walls and roof. About 95 of them have been spending their class time thinking of ways to best restore the more than seven-decade year old building. They say the project started with flooding issues in the theater, but it's become even more.

"I had no idea this theater existed prior to this," said Brandon Holmes.

A few months ago, Purdue students Brandon Holmes and Charlie Tamayo had never heard of the Logansport State Theater.

"I knew where Logansport was and what kind of town it was," said Tamayo. "But I didn't know anything about the theater."

Now, the two students know the ins and outs of the theater like the back of their hands. The two and dozens of others have been tasked with studying the theater, coming up with renovations and improvements, as part of a civil engineering senior design class.

"We kind of have free range of what we want to do with the alley ways," said Ashleigh Moreland. "So, that's been kind of fun."

It all started when Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell asked Civil Engineering Professor Robert Jacko if his class could analyze the theater's water issues. When Jacko visited the theater, he came up with an even bigger project idea. He would have his students conduct a structural analysis free of charge for the city.

"It's a perfect experiment for our students," said Jacko. "To do calculations on. It's got water problems, storm water flooding problems. There is everything you would expect to see in an historic building that's probably seen its better days."

The students have been paired up into 15 different groups. Each group has their own specialty including transportation, foundation and structural engineering.

"It's certainly been difficult looking at these blue prints and making out what every word says," said Holmes.
All students have to go off of are old blue prints.

"The building was built in the 1880s so we actually don't have original plans for the building," said Tamayo. "We have these renovations plans from the 1940s."

At the end of the semester, the students will present their findings.

"That's our biggest goal is making the state theater a place where people want to spend their time," said Tamayo.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33068

Reported Deaths: 2068
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9524558
Lake3494175
Cass15897
Allen141966
St. Joseph122134
Hendricks114268
Hamilton113292
Elkhart110128
Johnson1092106
Madison58459
Porter50522
Bartholomew49034
Clark47941
LaPorte42022
Tippecanoe3823
Howard37824
Delaware37636
Jackson3721
Shelby36822
Hancock32727
Floyd31739
Boone30535
Morgan27724
Vanderburgh2592
Montgomery23417
White2308
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Noble20421
Grant19721
Dubois1903
Harrison18921
Henry16910
Greene16824
Monroe16512
Warrick16528
Dearborn16521
Vigo1538
Lawrence15223
Miami1401
Putnam1357
Jennings1294
Orange12422
Scott1203
Ripley1106
Franklin1098
Kosciusko1011
Carroll933
Daviess8416
Steuben812
Marshall801
Newton7610
Wayne756
Fayette747
Wabash742
LaGrange682
Jasper661
Washington511
Jay490
Fulton471
Clay461
Rush452
Randolph453
Jefferson431
Pulaski410
Whitley383
Owen351
Sullivan341
DeKalb331
Brown331
Starke323
Perry280
Wells270
Benton260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton241
Crawford230
Blackford222
Parke190
Spencer191
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Posey160
Gibson142
Adams131
Ohio130
Warren121
Vermillion100
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0161
West Lafayette
Few Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 81°
Kokomo
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 75°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 80°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 73°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 78°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 78°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 78°
Logansport
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 75°
Cooler, less humid weather ahead by the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events