Coming Events:

April 4
4pm-7pm Opera House Gallery artist reception; Jamie Hicks guest artist, DOH2. Free
7pm Eric Hicks in concert! DOH2 $10

April 26
7:00 pm HHR Band in concert!, DOH2 $8 advance; $10 at the door.

May 9
7:00 pm Tim Grimm in concert!, DOH2 $10 advance; $12 at the door.

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Out to Bid! A Stellar Milestone!

After years in the planning, the Delphi Opera House restoration project is out to bid at last with contractor selection and awards anticipated by the end of March, 2014. Once renovations are complete, the Delphi Opera House will once again become the center of entertainment in Delphi and the surrounding area.
The Delphi Preservation Society, now in it's twentieth year of operation, has been working toward this moment since 1996 when it purchased two-thirds of the Assion-Ruffing City Hall building with its third-floor nineteenth-century opera house. The remaining third of the building was purchased in 2007, opening the way for renovations to occur. The facade of the building was restored and tuck-pointed over the next few years and the roof replaced in 2010.
The Delphi Opera House project was the centerpiece for the City of Delphi's Stellar Communities application to the State of Indiana in 2012. Delphi was one of two communities selected for funding from among 40 communities that applied. As a result nearly $20 million in projects are transforming the downtown in the next two years with facade restorations, streetscape improvements, trail development, and more.
The $4.0 million renovation of the Delphi Opera House will receive $2.5 million in funding from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The Delphi Preservation Society is responsible for the remaining $1.5 million in funding. As part of the Delphi Opera House renovation, an addition will rise to the rear of the historic structure providing space for fire stairs, an elevator, dressing rooms, a banquet facility, and accessible restrooms on all floors.


DOH2 Gallery Opens March 1 with "Transitions!"

Rena Brouwer and Alan McConnell are the resident artists featured in the DOH2 Gallery which officially opens March 1, 2014. The renovated space in the former Methodist Church education wing will be the home of the Opera House Gallery during the renovations to the Delphi Opera House set to get underway in April. "Transitions" is the theme for the first exhibition. Among guest artists will be Wyndham Traxler Carter, fiber artist from Flora, Indiana. The opening reception will be Saturday, March 1, 4pm to 7pm. Monroe Street entrance. The reception is free.


February 22 was LAUNCH Day at DOH2!

Visitors to the DOH2 facility on Saturday had a chance to tour the facility and see the renovations underway at the former Methodist Church that was donated to the Delphi Preservation Society in June.

Spring Art Classes & Activities Introduced

Art classes will be offered at the DOH2 facility beginning in March. Instructors were on hand Saturday to talk about their classes and to show potential students the art projects they will complete.
Instructors include: Jeanette Reymel (Drawing, Clay), Angela Vinson (Clay), Rena Brouwer (Watercolor), Mary Ann Nusbaum (Oil), Hannah Mears (Tatting), Alan McConnell (Photography), Deb Waymire (Jewelry), Pat Koppes (Hatha Yoga), Amanda Smith (Cake decorating).

Download the class schedule and mail in your registration today!

For additional information contact info@delphioperahouse.org or phone 765-564-4300.


"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
Where: The Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art

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.

The bus traveled through the historic Deer Creek Valley on the new Hoosier Heartland Highway to see the specially-designed bridge abutments where the historic Freedom Bridge will be installed to reconnect the High Bridge Trail over the new highway. The tour to Wilson Bridge and the Deer Creek Valley was narrated by Paul Brandenburg, a pioneer leader in bridge preservation in Indiana. He is formerly of Delphi.

After lunch at the Canal Center, the group went downtown for a tour of the Opera House, which is about to be restored. Anita Werling of the Delphi Preservation Society also provided information on the Delphi Stellar Communities project. Guests saw the Downtown Historic District and Carroll County’s exceptional courthouse.

The tour continued through the countryside to Adams Mill. Al Auffart hosted mill tours as well as a walk to the adjacent Adams Mill Covered Bridge.


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.

Delphi Opera House, Inc. held two organizational meetings in July to craft a mission statement, draft bylaws, develop a budget, and elect officers. Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer (West Lafayette), formerly director of the Morton Community Center and Tippecanoe Arts Federation, was elected President of Delphi Opera House, Inc. Other officers and board members are Erin Diener (Reynolds), Vice President; Sharon Quinn (Monticello), Treasurer; Qiana Sandora (Delphi), Secretary; Sara Daly-Brosman (Delphi), Carolyn Wood (Delphi), and Jane Miller (Delphi). Anita Werling, who chairs the Opera House Advisory Board for DPS, is an advisor to DOHI. Skills brought to the board by its members include theater direction and production, stage management, administrative and organizational experience, art festival and event management.

“We have a terrific board in place,” said Lowenberg-DeBoer. “One of the things that attracted me to working with this group is the ‘can-do’ spirit of the participants. In the next few months we will roll out a series of programs which we hope will have appeal to a wide sector of the residents of Carroll County and the surrounding area.”

Some programs are already in place for 2013 at multiple venues including the Opera House Gallery, the old Delphi Opera House, and the former church at Union and Monroe.


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.
Click on your favorite to send your vote by email.Here are your choices:

The Abbey at Delphi
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

Preservation Center
Preservation Hall
Steeple Center
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.

Dan McCain of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association received the Atkinson, Sanders, Rodriguez Leadership Award for the dedicated service shown over the past decades in preserving the historic sites at Canal Park. Dan has also spearheaded the saving and relocation of several historic bridges to Canal Park, and most recently, the Freedom Bridge which will reconnect the trail segments severed by the Hoosier Heartland Highway. Dan McCain stands tall--literally and figuratively--among preservationists and promoters of heritage and cultural tourism throughout the region.

Richard Funkhouser was awarded the Charles Gerard Historic Archival Award for his many contributions to protecting and making available important archival resources. In particular, this past year Funkhouser published through the Delphi Preservation Society, the definitive work on William Henry Whistler who died during the ill-fated Lady Franklin Bay Expedition led by Adolphus Greely. A distant cousin of Whistler, Funkhouser collected information and documents related to the expedition focusing on Whistler’s role. Among the documents were Whistler’s diaries from the expedition and a letter written to his Aunt Lydia. These were transcribed in Funkhouser’s publication. A historical marker commemorating Whistler was donated by Funkhouser and installed at the Whistler Cemetery near Rockfield.

The Historic Site or Structure Award was presented to the Sherry and Lois Mears family for the Schweitzer Bank Barn on the historic farm in the Deer Creek Valley Rural Historic District. The barn was built around 1880, with a rough coarse rubble stone foundation and lower wall, vertical board siding, gable roof and two gabled cupolas containing louvered vents. The hay floor can be approached by an earthen ramp. East-facing hay doors can be opened in the overhang in order to drop hay to the feedlot outside. Sherry Mears and daughter-in-law Mary Mears are pictured.

The Historic Church Award was presented to the trustees of the Delphi United Methodist Church for their historic former home on North Union Street. 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 1896 and a large education wing added in the 1930s. Maintaining heat and air conditioning in the historic church even after it was vacated is just one indication of the stewardship which the trustees have exhibited for this important Delphi landmark. Accepting the award on behalf of the trustees was Randy German.

The trustees have announced their intention to gift the historic structure to the Delphi Preservation Society which will place a preservation easement on the property to protect it in perpetuity.

 

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.

President Julie Knoeller presided over the annual membership meeting at which the membership approved a suspension of board member and officer term limits until May 2015 to ensure board continuity through the crucial Delphi Opera House restoration currently under way as a result of the Stellar Communities project. The membership also approved maintaining the present board and staggered terms through May 2015.



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.
For more information, visit the Indiana Landmarks site.


 

Delphi Preservation Society
Located in the historic Assion-Ruffing City Hall Building
109 S. Washington Street, on the East Side of the Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 161 • Delphi, IN • 46923

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