Downtown Transportation History

Historic Preservation Month activities continue tonight with a walking tour featuring Downtown Transportation History.

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Meet at N.W. Fourth and Vine Streets- south corner of the Old Courthouse.  As Evansville evolved through history, the downtown always was the transportation hub of the region.  Here there were steamboats, canal boats, trains, trolley cars, and this was the place where the community was introduced to the “horseless-carriage.”  See the places and building that still recall these eras of our past.

Guide: Dennis M. Au

Owen Block Restoration

May is Historic Preservation Month!

If you weren’t able to make it to the Lamasco walking tour last night, you may be interested in tonight’s special presentation at the Reitz Home Carriage House on the continuing restoration of Owen Block.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

This program is scheduled for the Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.

The Owen Block, a stunning 1880 Second Empire row-house fell into ruin.  With the support of grass-roots preservationists and Indiana Landmarks, award winning restoration contractor Mike Martin of Architectural Renovators stepped forward and saved this treasure from imminent collapse.   Martin will give a contractor’s perspective on rescuing this building from stabilization to making it ready for tenant later this year.  After the talk, Martin will tour the group around the exterior of the building.

For Evansville’s Historic Preservation Month celebrations, Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, and the Reitz Home Museum present a full slate of lectures, tours, activities, and events.

 

Evansville Historic Preservation Month 2016

May is Historic Preservation month!

Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, and the Reitz Home Museum are presenting a full slate of lectures, tours, activities, and events.

Evansville’s Historic Preservation Month activities continue tonight with
Lamasco: Evansville’s Other Historic City.

Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join the walking tour which starts from Dairy Queen parking lot, 901 W. Franklin Street parking lot.  Lamasco was platted as a rival independent city to the north and west of Evansville in 1837.  Though it merged with Evansville in 1857, the area still has special character.  See homes, businesses, and churches that give this part of town its lasting unique personality.

Guide: Joseph Engler