Preserving Pendleton’s history is no accident

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By Sandi Butler | For The Times-Post

In 1991, Pendleton celebrated the placement of Pendleton in the National Register of Historic Places.

Our district is a large district compared to other Historic Districts in Indiana. Pendleton’s district included most of the town boundaries at that time.

We all know Pendleton is special, but did you know Pendleton and Madison, Indiana are the only town districts in Indiana that compose most of the towns’ boundaries?

Our little community was quite impressive with 439 contributing buildings and 168 noncontributing in 1991.

Time, the act of remodeling, and, of course, the tornado have reduced our contributing buildings significantly.

Though we have several fine examples of buildings that have been preserved, each step towards preservation is a step to protect Pendleton’s National Register of Historic Places designation.

Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement (HFC,PS) looks for guidance through Indiana Landmarks (https://www.indianalandmarks.org/contact) and The National Park U.S. Department of the Interior. (https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-preservation.htm). Both organizations offer guideline for preserving buildings. Listed below is the Standard for Preservation from the Department of the Interior.

Standards for Preservation

1. A property will be used as it was historically, or be given a new use that maximizes the retention of distinctive materials, features, spaces and spatial relationships. Where a treatment and use have not been identified, a property will be protected and, if necessary, stabilized until additional work may be undertaken.

2. The historic character of a property will be retained and preserved. The replacement of intact or repairable historic materials or alteration of features, spaces and spatial relationships that characterize a property will be avoided.

3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place and use. Work needed to stabilize, consolidate and conserve existing historic materials and features will be physically and visually compatible, identifiable upon close inspection and properly documented for future research.

4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right will be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property will be preserved.

6. The existing condition of historic features will be evaluated to determine the appropriate level of intervention needed. Where the severity of deterioration requires repair or limited replacement of a distinctive feature, the new material will match the old in composition, design, color and texture.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, will be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials will not be used.

8. Archeological resources will be protected and preserved in place. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures will be undertaken.

The Standards of Preservation is very useful resource for preserving your home/building. And yes, it can be overwhelming but HFC,PS is right here to help with any and all questions.

Our next education and membership meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 at Pendleton Art Society, 119 W. State St. You may contact us through our email at [email protected] for questions and/or attendance.

We are excited to announce this month’s preservation award goes to Tim and Rebecca McClintick at 312 S. Broadway St. They’ve done a great job on maintaining their home.

Sandi Butler is board vice chairwoman of Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement Inc., a
historical preservation group focused on preserving historic buildings and culture in the
area.

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