Friday, November 15, 6:30-10:30pm
"Sights and Sounds of an Opera House Town" Opera House Gallery opening reception and event
DPS Volunteer Workdays. Check in at the Opera House Gallery.
"Sights & Sounds of an Opera House Town"
Songwriters and visual artists collaborate in this exciting event celebrating the Delphi Opera House as its restoration is set to begin early in 2014. The event is the brainchild of songwriter Scott Greeson and watercolorist Rena Brouwer. Pairs of songwriters and artists have been working together to inspire each other. Their resulting works and collaborative stories will be featured at this event. You will be able to listen to the music and see the visual works that inspired that song or composition—or to hear a song that was inspired by a photograph or painting! The opening reception and display will be at the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art.
This is one of the final events before the Delphi Opera House closes for restoration at the end of 2013 to reopen in 2015 as a venue for the performing arts. Come celebrate the old Opera House with us.
When: Friday, November 15, 2013, from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
The artwork, songs, and lyrics will be on display in the Gallery through December 20, 2013.
National Trust Field Session Visits Carroll County
A bus with 19 preservation professionals from all over the United States arrived at Canal Park Friday morning. The 19 were from Texas, Arkansas, New York, Florida, California, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, and two from Indiana. Dan McCain led guests on a tour of the Interpretive Center and Canal Park buildings, and then the group took a narrated ride on the canal boat.
The tour continued to the Red Bridge, the Blue Bridge in west Delphi, and then to Wilson Bridge in the Delphi Rural Historic District.
Fourth Annual Delphi Diamond Dash a Hit
Saturday, September 13 was a beautiful day for a 5K Run/Walk through Delphi's tree-lined streets! 85 runners and walkers made the 3.1 mile trip this year with Kokomo's Parker Jones once more crossing the finish line ahead of all others. Jones has won all four Diamond Dash races, but this year he also won the diamond necklace! Jones' bib number was drawn in the random selection to win the diamond and sapphire necklace designed and donated by Gerald Fielding of Fielding's Jewelry & Time.
Wallmann's Quality Foodsprovided runners with fruit before the race with Young's Culligan Service donating water for the event. Students for Progress from Delphi Community High School volunteered to direct runners along the course and to man the water stops. Bright neon vests provided by Regions Bank kept volunteers visible to runners, walkers, and traffic! Runners, walkers, and volunteers were treated after the race to porkburgers donated by Indiana Packers Corporation and prepared by the Delphi Lions Club. The City of Delphi Street Department blocked off streets and provided a gator to transport supplies while the Police Department helped with traffic. The Carroll County EMS was on hand during the race in case their assistance might be needed.
Other race sponsors include: Abbott Funeral Home; Joan Abbott Real Estate; Indy Spine & Rehab; Mike & Anita Force; Kyle Groninger, Farm Bureau Insurance; Julie Knoeller Photography; Q Graphics Inc.; Sassy's Salon & Day Spa; and T & T Pizza King.
Proceeds from the Delphi Diamond Dash go toward the capital campaign for the Delphi Opera House and specifically to help meet the $200,000 challenge from the Jeffris Family Foundation. Following the race, many participants climbed the 42 steps to the Delphi Opera House to get a glimpse of the historic theater in its "before" state. Construction to renovate the theater and add space for an elevator and other amenities gets underway early in 2014.
Capital Campaign Officially Underway for the Restoration of the Delphi Opera House
Friday the 13th unlucky? Not if you share the vision of the Delphi Opera House restoration project! The Delphi Preservation Society picked Friday evening, September 13, to officially launch the capital campaign to raise $1.5 million for the restoration of the Delphi Opera House. The Society has been silently raising funds toward a $200,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, Wisconsin. To earn the $200,000, the Delphi Preservation Society must raise $400,000.
The challenge grant is a pivotal part of the Society’s capital campaign now underway to raise $1.5 million toward the $4 million project. The restoration of the Delphi Opera House as an accessible 200-seat community gathering space and performing arts venue is now on a fast track as part of the Stellar Community status awarded to the City of Delphi in 2012 by the office of Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor.
Plans call for the renovation of the historic hall along with the addition of a three-story structure to the rear that will provide space for an elevator, two sets of fire stairs, dressing rooms, theater and ticket lobbies, a banquet hall, kitchen, and meeting rooms. To view the plans for the renovation or to make a donation, visit: www.delphioperahouse.org.
Hogeye Navvy Concert to Benefit the Delphi Opera House Capital Campaign...
With Celtic tunes, early American songs, and other favorites among their repertoire, Indy's favorite Celtic Band will perform at 118 N. Union Street on Friday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. $10
HHR Band (Hathaway, Howard, Rossi) to open at 7pm; Hogeye Navvy headlines at 7:30pm
Tickets in advance at Opera House Gallery, 109 S. Washington Street, Delphi and at Red Poppy Studios & Gallery, 800 Main Street, Lafayette. Also available at the door. Doors open 6:30 pm.
Thanks to an anonymous underwriter, 100% of ticket sales go to benefite the capital campaign for the Delphi Opera House restoration!
Delphi Opera House Not-for-profit Organization Forms
Pictured left to right: Sharon Quinn, Treasurer; Erin Diener, Vice President; Carolyn Wood; Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer, President; Qiana Sandora, Secretary. Not pictured: Jane Miller and Sara Daly-Brosman.
With the Delphi Opera House restoration on a fast track for completion, plans are moving apace for the operation of the facility once it opens in 2015. The Delphi Preservation Society will continue to own the Delphi Opera House building. However, since the Society's mission is preservation-oriented, it has sought an arts management partner to oversee the operation of the Delphi Opera House. Delphi Opera House has formed for that purpose. DOH will have the responsibility to schedule events and programs, manage bookings, and handle the operations and maintenance of the Delphi Opera House facility.
DPS Events at Old Settlers...
"Carroll County One-Room Schools" is the topic for the DPS Friday night program during the Old Settlers Celebration in Delphi. Bonnie Maxwell
This year's DPS Friday night program will be held at the former church at Union and Monroe Streets at 7 pm. BonniedurAugust 7-10 the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art will have special hours from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tours of the Delphi Opera House will take place nightly from
Name that Center!
Thanks to those responding to our request for names for the former Delphi United Methodist Church building at the corner of North Union and East Monroe Streets. We have some creative thinkers out there, to be sure! Nearly all of your recommendations were accepted by our panel.
The Celebration Center
Delphi Center for Arts & Culture
Delphi Center for the Arts
Delphi Cultural Center
Delphi Preservation Arts Center
Delphi Preservation Hall
Delphi Community Center
The Gathering Place
Steeple Center for the Arts
Historic Church Gifted to DPS by Delphi United Methodist Church Trustees
The gifting of the historic former home of the Delphi United Methodist Church (DUMC) was completed June 20, 2013 with the recording of the warranty deed transferring the property to the Delphi Preservation Society.
In the Fall of 2011, the DUMC congregation moved to their new church complex on US HWY 421 South. After attempts to sell the historic structure proved unsuccessful, the trustees— concerned about the future for their former home— offered the property to DPS.
The Delphi Preservation Society plans to utilize the former church as a cultural and community center for Delphi and the surrounding area. The Society will move its headquarters to the historic church as restoration construction gets under way on the Delphi Opera House block. "The historic church will be preserved and its historical and cultural significance to the community will continue to be honored," said DPS Vice President Tom Atkinson who represented DPS in discussions with the trustees.
Board President Greg Norman added: "DPS is working with Indiana Landmarks to establish a preservation easement which will ensure the architectural integrity of the structure into the future." Built as the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s with Gothic Revival styling, the building saw many additions through the decades. A handsome parsonage was built in 1897 and a large education wing added in the 1930s.
To commemorate the donation of the historic church structure, Delphi United Methodist Church trustees Randy German (Left) and Dean Overholser presented a symbolic deed to Greg Norman, Tom Atkinson, and other members of the Delphi Preservation Society board of directors. Photo courtesy of Alan McConnell.
Five Recognition Awards Presented at DPS Annual Membership Meeting
Since 2004, the Delphi Preservation Society has presented awards at its annual membership meeting to recognize achievements in preservation in the Delphi area. Dr. Gregory Norman announced the 2013 Recognition Awards.
The Italianate structure at 104 W. Main Street received the Historic Commercial or Public Building Award. Built around 1863 by Samuel Barnett, this handsome building is one of two historic properties in this quarter block owned by Rick Paul. The Barnett building is striking for the triple-hung sashes on its upper story now uncovered and painted with an historic palette. Rick Paul’s own hands have remodeled the retail bay in this building which now houses a day spa. Rick Paul was ahead of the Stellar Communities curve in his stewardship and restoration of the façades of his historic properties.
The Young family received a special tribute from the Delphi Preservation Society acknowledging the donation of the Young/Culligan building at 117 East Main Street to the Society at the end of last year. The Young family was presented with a framed rendering of the building as it will appear once the façade is restored. The Society plans to name the building in honor of the Youngs and will place a plaque on the building once the renovation is completed. Julie Knoeller, DPS President, presents the rendering to Shirleen Young Dimmitt, J. D., and Tim Young.
Historic Delphi Property on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered List
Update: Property set for Sheriff's Sale on June 26
The foreclosure crisis hits new and old structures, but it can strike historic houses with deadlier force. If a roof leak develops in a suburban house, a section of drywall gets ruined, and it’s not a big deal to replace. When the tile roof of the Bowen House springs a leak, decorative plaster, wall murals, carved woodwork and wainscoting suffer -- and may not recover if it remains vacant much longer. Built on Delphi’s Main Street in 1896, it’s one of the town’s great Victorian houses. It’s vacant, in real-estate limbo, and will endure slow demolition by neglect if something’s not done.
Delphi Preservation Society
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109 S. Washington Street, on the East Side of the Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 161 • Delphi, IN • 46923
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