Gary, Heat, Light & Water building joins “endangered” list
By Carole Carlson email@example.com April 28, 2014 2:59PM
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
New on the 10 Most
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.
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.