Old Centrum

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Primary category: Commercial
Specialty: Corporate
Client: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
Size: 41,839 SF

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has taken over the Romanesque Revival former church known as Old Centrum along Central Avenue at 12th Street. The foundation already is working to stabilize the building, which opened in 1892 as the Central Avenue United Methodist Church, and is considering moving its headquarters there. The building most recently provided offices for a handful of not-for-profit groups, but it closed in March 2008 as the caretaker, Old Centrum Foundation, fell behind on maintenance. Historic Landmarks is taking over the building by virtue of a loan it had provided to the foundation, said Marsh Davis, the group’s president. RG Collaborative is responsible for authoring the Window Survey that was used to determinate which windows were to be repaired and which needed replaced based upon the National Parks Historic Preservation briefs; Coordinating all exterior work with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission to obtain Certificates of Appropriateness; and Coordinating the vacation of an alley so that site improvements can be made.