THE WABASH VALLEY TRUST PLAQUE PROGRAM 

Our plaque program recognizes this region's outstanding historic architecture and those people in our community who lovingly restore and maintain these treasures. Since the program's creation in 1989, over 200 plaques have been awarded and more are awarded every May.

 

The purpose of the Wabash Valley Trust's plaque program is to recognize architecturally significant buildings through the evaluation of their restoration, preservation, and historic integrity. Today, buildings that display the Wabash Valley Trust plaque stand as a visible sign of support for historic preservation in our region. Each serves as a point of community pride and as an inspiration to restore other buildings.


HOW TO RECEIVE A WABASH VALLEY TRUST PLAQUE

Anyone can pick up an application at the Wabash Valley Trust's office or it may be downloaded here as a PDF file. A Trust committee evaluates the plaque applications. To be eligible, the properties should be more than 50 years old, have a high degree of historic integrity, and be listed in the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory: Tippecanoe Country Interim Report. The property must also be restored according to a local interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


 

A STRUCTURE MUST MEET 5 OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR BEING PLAQUED:

1.  The building is older than 50 years, as stipulated by the National Preservation Act of 1966.  http://www.achp.gov/nhpa.html

2. The building is historically significant. (If it was not built prior to 1936, could its history qualify it? How?)  It may be listed in the "Lafayette Notebook on Historic structures".  Check if the “A, B, C, or D” of historical significance apply: 

  • Association - is the house associated any with any major event or person?
  • 'Big ’ people – were there historically significant owners? 
  • 'Cute' house - is the house’s architecture unique? 
  • Data - is there archeological significance?

3.   The building is proudly maintained by its owner or tenant.

4.   The building is basically unchanged from its original appearance.

5.   If less than 50% has been changed, the additions, updates, or restorations should be true to original style, or at least acceptably compatible. The changes should be more than 50 years old.

6.   If more than 50% has been changed, the changes should be more than 50 years old and well designed, or at least acceptably compatible.

Note: Acceptable changes must be well designed, compatible (fitting in with the aesthetic sense: scale, balance, proportion), and added to help beautify as well as add to the function of the building. In the case of criteria not having been met, suggestions should be listed for changes that would make the building acceptable.


PLAQUE STRUCTURES

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


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