Statement as issued Monday by ARCH:
ARCH, Inc., Fort Wayne’s organization for historic preservation, is proud to announce the receipt of an award from the National Park Service. The National Park Service has presented its first ever “National Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Award” to ARCH, Indiana Landmarks and the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology.
The award recognizes the state’s 35-year effort to systematically survey and document historic buildings and structures in all 92 Indiana counties. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires cultural resource surveys, and Indiana is the first state to complete such a survey of its historic resources.
National Park Service assistant director Jon Smith presented the award at the state preservation conference in New Albany in late April.
ARCH, the City of Fort Wayne, and the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology are currently in the middle of a multi-year project to re-survey all of Allen County using updated electronic methodology, GIS technology and digital photography.
The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory began in the mid-1970s. Using federal funds administered by the Division, Indiana Landmarks provided matching funds and sent surveyors into about three counties each year. ARCH also provided matching funds and undertook the survey of several counties in the northeastern part of the state. The Indiana Department of Transportation provided additional funds.
Historic resources documented in the surveys include houses, commercial buildings, schools, churches, libraries, farmsteads, government buildings, bridges, and cemeteries. Each documented resource is at least 50 years old.
Information gathered from surveys is used to help determine which properties may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register. The survey also provides information on historic buildings that may be affected by state and federal projects.