NWI Preservation Awards From Indiana Landmarks
August 15, 2014 — Indiana Landmarks is recognizing two northwest Indiana projects with awards this week.
Dene and Mary Beth Mattocks were honored for restoring their 1917 Oren Parker house in Rensselaer’s historic Milroy Park neighborhood. The Craftsman-style home’s remained largely unaltered from when it was built. The house had been vacant and in foreclosure for years when Dene and Mary Beth Mattocks bought it. They restored the house, inside and out. The Parker House is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, with assistance from Indiana Landmarks Partners in Preservation program.
Indiana Landmarks also gave an award for excellence in historic preservation education this week to the Porter County Museum of History in Valparaiso for its Stories Project. The project began in 2013 with Valparaiso’s Central Neighborhood… it now focuses on the historic lakefront town of Ogden Dunes.
The award also recognized the museum as a great steward of its home, the historic Porter County Sheriff’s House and Jail, and its plan to bring another historic Valparaiso building back to life with its expansion to the former 1878 Valparaiso Town Hall.
Source: Tiffany Tolbert, Indiana Landmarks, NWI region