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The latest additiIndianLandmarks Ten Most Endangered 2014 list is Gary's General Services building 900 MadisSt. | Carole Carlson~Sun-Times Media

The latest addition to Indiana Landmarks Ten Most Endangered 2014 list is Gary's General Services building, 900 Madison St. | Carole Carlson~Sun-Times Media

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New on the 10 Most
Endangered list*

Gary Heat, Light & Water Co. Warehouse, Gary

Indiana County Homes (examples in Floyd, Steuben, Parke, Warren, and Randolph counties)

McDonald House, Attica

Mills House, Greenwood

Peters-Margedant House, Evansville

Wabash County Sheriff’s House and Jail, Wabash

West Baden Colored Church, West Baden

Repeating from 2013 list

Anderson Athletic Park Pool, Anderson

Eagle Cotton Mill, Madison

Harmony Way Bridge, between New Harmony and White County, Ill.

*Indiana Landmarks

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Updated: May 30, 2014 6:06AM



The crumbling Gary Heat, Light & Water Co. at 900 Madison St. has been named one of the state’s 10 Most Endangered places by Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit preservation organization.

The organization listed the building with nine others in a Saturday “Rescue Party” in Indianapolis. It’s been putting out its “endangered” list since 1991.

“Our mission is to save meaningful places, and this is a list of ten important places in the state that are in great danger of being lost,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit preservation organization.

Davis toured some of Gary’s aging, but historic structures, in 2012.

U.S. Steel commissioned famed architect George W. Maher to design the warehouse building in the 1920s. The utility company was a U.S. Steel subsidiary.

The building was made of steel-framed, precast concrete. The exterior ornament includes pilaster capitals, cartouches, spandrel panels, dentils and massive exterior lantern light features. The building still has its original terrazzo floors, plaster details, wood moldings and a semi-elipitcal staircase, according to a press release.

It was the last set of drawings completed by Maher before he took his life in 1926.

Gary’s General Services Department occupied the building for several decades, but abandoned it in the late 1990s.

In 2012, the redevelopment department targeted it for demolition, saying the city did not have the funding to renovate it.



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