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Broad Ripple awarded grant from Indiana Landmarks

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

By Mark Dollase
Indiana Landmarks Center

Broad Ripple wants to win official landmark status for the Central Canal. Indiana Landmarks recently supported the ambition with a $2,500 grant to the Committee for Historic Broad Ripple.

The committee will use the grant to help underwrite the cost of the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The group has hired C. Resources, Inc. to prepare the nomination, which requires historical research, photographs and mapping. The process is expected to take up to nine months.

Construction of the Central Canal led to the creation of the town of Broad Ripple in 1837. “Without the canal, there would have been no Broad Ripple,” said Chris Carlson, Chair of the Committee for Historic Broad Ripple and board member of the Broad Ripple Village Association.

Although the canal system failed in its original purpose as a transportation route for manufactured goods and raw materials, the Central Canal retains a vital public function as a conduit for the municipal water supply. The canal takes water from White River in Broad Ripple to the water treatment facility at 18th Street and Langsdale Avenue. The canal also serves as a pedestrian and bicycle path, and an ecological corridor that shelters hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and insects.

The National Register nomination will cover the Central Canal from Broad Ripple to 18th and Langsdale, including the historic bridges that span it and the towpath that parallels it.

Indiana Landmarks awarded the grant from its Marion County Historic Preservation Fund, a partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The matching grants are available to nonprofit organizations for feasibility and planning studies, National Register nominations, and other activities related to saving landmarks in Marion County. From another fund, Indiana Landmarks also awards Endangered Places grants throughout the state.

For information on Indiana Landmarks’ Endangered Places grants in central Indiana, contact me, Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, at 317-639-4534.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: JTPR, Inc.