Public meeting for National Registry

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A public meeting to consider a “National Register of Historic Places” nomination for the Vevay Historic District will be held on Thursday, January 20th at 6 p.m. at the Switzerland County Public Library.

Already on the State Register since 1979, the Vevay Historic District includes the courthouse, private homes, and commercial buildings in downtown Vevay.

The National Register of Historic Places recognizes properties worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. National Register recognition is primarily an honor, a way to raise awareness of our heritage.

A program of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register is administered on the state level by the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Senior Architectural Historian Paul Diebold with the DHPA will present a program at the January 20th meeting to explain the process

Paul Diebold’s specialty is 20th Century domestic architecture of Indiana and the Midwest. He holds a BFA in Art History from Herron School of Art, Indianapolis; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.

Since 1988, Paul Diebold has worked for the Indiana DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology as a reviewer and documenter of historic sites and buildings for the National Register of Historic Places program. He is the author of “Greater Irvington and History and Architecture of Meridian-Kessler”, Indy’s first neighborhood-based architectural history books.

He also published Indianapolis National Register Travel Itinerary, part of the National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage series, on-line at www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/indianapolis/.

He is a past adjunct faculty member at Herron School of Art; past president of the Irvington Historical Society; and is currently adjunct faculty at Ball State University’s Master of Science in Historic Preservation program.

The public meeting will give the opportunity for questions about what National Register listing means for property owners. For further information visit www.in.gov/dnr/historic. Please plan to attend and participate in the discussion.

– Martha Bladen