Kendallville Heritage Association
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  To preserve, honor and build upon the heritage of Kendallville Indiana.



On Monday, June 28, 2010, the Kendallville Heritage Association meeting was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Kendallville Public Library.  In attendance were: Ray Scott, Mary Hartman, Eric Daniels, John Brye   and Becky Daniels.
 
Minutes of the May meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer Report given.  There have been no changes to the report.
 
Mary Hartman brought in photo albums that have been put together for identification from the public.  They will be available to the public to view in October.  Mary is starting to work on Mr. Frehse's personal photo albums.  This may take some time since some of the photos will be hard to remove without causing damage.  
   
Eric Daniels reported that website traffic has been about the same for the last 2 months.  There have been approximately 70 unique visitors.  The domain name has been renewed.  Since it is bundled with the web hosting, there are no new costs.
 
Ray Scott reported on an email which was received from John Alt.  John contacted the KHA looking for information on possible rail lines running through his property on Sargent Street.  He was referred to Mary Hartman to see if the geneology department may have information.  He was also referred to Sarah Knopp to see if the Noble County Historical Society was able to help locate information.  Eric Daniels will check his Sanborn maps to see if anything is shown on them.
 
Ray Scott was also contacted by Willie Collins who has found a bottle with George Trombald stamped on it.  Ray thought that there was a bottling company behind Slaters Concrete.  Mary Hartman will look at the old directories for bottling companies.
 
John Brye  wanted to bring to the groups attention:
 
    The Whitford House located at 128 East Diamond is headed to become a parking lot. This is a brick Italianate home circa 1860. Early Kendallville. While the house was not in great shape, John felt there was nothing that could not be repaired. More than likely the house will have to be moved, and masonry structures can indeed be relocated. Overall, this is great historic home in Kendallville and John would hate to see it lost for a parking lot. John asked Dave Lange what he thought the timeframe was on demolition, and he thought sometime by this Fall. John suggested a conversation ensue with Todd Zeiger of Historic Landmarks and with the owner to see if a deal could be reached to save the house including exploring a move. Todd has experience in moving such structures.  (Would make a nice welcome center)  The Landmarks survey done on Noble County gave the house an “O” rating for outstanding, and which means it is potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  
 
    John would like to bring a national non profit group known as ARTSpace to Kendallville to have a look at doing a feasibility study for the McCray Factory for conversion to artist live work space. John has worked with this group on a project in Ohio. They also converted an abandoned factory building in Buffalo just a few blocks from his home there. The ripple effect would spill over into downtown.  We  would hate to lose the McCray factory. It is such a huge part of Kendallville’s history, and could play significant role in revival. He has spoke to the Mayor about ARTSpace, and she is hoping a group or individual will step up. The city would probably be open to the idea, but they could not spearhead the project.. ARTSpace could also be viable for Sylvan Springs as well. It would be approximately 12k to bring ARTSpace in for the initial visit, but it would be a good investment for Noble County.  Eric asked if it would be beneficial to complete ARTSpace's self assessment which is only $1,000 if the community couldn't raise the 12k in time.  John did feel that the self assessment would be beneficial.  Ray mentioned that this is why it is so important to push for the Historic Preservation Commission which has been tied up for some time.  The Historic Preservation Commission could help to save some of these historic structures.
   
The next meeting will be 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Kendallville Public Library.
 
Meeting adjourned.
Becky Daniels, Secretary

 


Becky Daniels, Secretary

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