Established in Lafayette, Indiana in 1973, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a unified effort to educate and encourage interest in the heritage and architecture in the Wabash Valley area. We subscribe to preservation in the broadest sense, encompassing quality of life issues that affect the environment, urban districts, neighborhoods, and rural areas.


Just as the built environment did not evolve overnight, preservation planning takes long range vision. Not only is the Trust involved in current community issues, we work hard to influence the long range future of preservation in Lafayette, Indiana and the Wabash Valley area. We have programs to educate residents on the importance of preservation. We are building networks here in our community along with state and national leaders as we strive to preserve our quality of life. Members of the Board of Trust will have the opportunity to serve a two or three year term.


Our mission at the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation in Lafayette, Indiana is to promote and recognize historic preservation through restoration and visibility of the architectural heritage of our community. The Trust is a leading force in the community, championing historic preservation which enhances the quality of life for all citizens. Learn more by exploring our website or contacting us for more information.



Plaque Program
Endangered Structures List
Preservation Education
Garden and Home Tours
Neighborhood Advocacy


Our logo is a sycamore leaf. Sycamore trees are the largest among Indiana's native trees, sometimes growing to heights of over 100 feet. The sycamore is a symbol of strength and age and is a member of the planet's oldest clan of trees (Platanaceae). You can see the leaf on the plaques we award. 



Darcy Allen – President


Darcy is a Lafayette native and Boilermaker. She owns a 90+ year old home in Lafayette and appreciates the beauty in structures with a history. Darcy has been a part of the Wabash Valley Trust board for more than 4 years and became board president in 2018.  Darcy enjoys working with our community members to Promote, Protect, and Preserve our beautiful historic structures.

Matthew Weller - Vice President

As a Lafayette native, Matthew fell in love with Lafayette’s many historic buildings as a young child, and he has been learning the history behind these remarkable buildings ever since. Matthew is interested in the stories that old buildings have to tell, as well as the character and vibrancy that historic buildings being to our community.

Chelsie Hopkins - Director of Marketing & Outreach


Chelsie is the Social Media Manager for EmployBridge, the nation’s largest industrial staffing supplier. A Lafayette native, she loves the architecture and character of old buildings, and also owns a 1940s Cape Cod style home in the area. She’s excited to bring her marketing experience to the organization to help promote its mission and get more residents, past and present, interested in protecting and preserving the history of Lafayette.

Meg Shaw - Events Coordinator

Meg is a Behavior Analyst at LittleStar ABA Therapy. She is a native to Lafayette, and enjoys living in a house that was built in 1910. She is fascinated with historic Lafayette, and is interested in the preservation of historic buildings in the community.

Jacky Ralph

Jacky is a West Lafayette native who is very interested in the preservation of our historic architectural community.

Rene Hariri


Shirley West

Wabash Valley Trust   |   P.O. Box 1354, Lafayette, IN 47905  |   Phone: (765) 420-0268


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