Friday, August 28, 2015

Aging churches in Indianapolis need expensive repairs that many can’t afford

INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL
By Scott Olson
The 136-foot bell tower soaring over the Church of the Holy Cross cements the historic building’s standing as a neighborhood landmark. But the 1922 structure is starting to crumble.
INDIANA---Repurposing aging religious structures is becoming more common, driven by increased interest from developers eager to capitalize on their architectural splendor. Examples abound in Indianapolis, particularly around downtown. Indiana Landmarks itself operates from a former church. Another former church building converted into condos was the Fletcher Place Methodist Church, built around 1880. Perhaps the most intriguing conversion of a church building is the St. Joseph Brewery & Public House at 540 N. College Ave., which opened in May. [link]