The owners of Bapple & Bapple, Inc., including Luke Bapple (left) and Sandy Bapple, plan to finish the historical restoration of their building, shown in downtown Crown Point, Ind. Friday April 12, 2013. The top two floors were done several years ago, and they will now have the ground level restored, including replacing windows that were bricked over and removing wood siding on the 1891 building. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
CROWN POINT — The Redevelopment Commission agreed April 8 to give a $50,000 façade grant to Bapple and Bapple CPAs for work on their building at the northwest corner of Main and Clark streets.
The grant depends on approval by the city legal department to double the normal grant limit of $25,000, because Bapple & Bapple will work on two façades at the same time, one on Main Street and one on Clark Street.
The Allman block building is a Romanesque Revival built in 1891 by Amos Allman.
Architect Jim Keilman, representing the owners of the Allman building, described the building as a three-story load-bearing masonry building. Previously Bapple & Bapple have done extensive restoration to the cornices and caps on the top of the building.
They have already done significant restoration to the upper floor and top-of-building masonry.
What they propose now will include a significant change to the exterior look — removing a mid-1900s canopy completely. A few years ago they moved the building’s air-conditioning unit from the top of that canopy to the roof.
In addition to masonry work, the existing decorative steel lintel is to be reconditioned, and new stone sills will be put on the south side. Additionally, new double hung windows to match those on the second and third floors will be installed on the first floor.
On the east face of the building along Main Street they are proposing going back to the large storefront windows with smaller tinted windows above. Both the Main Street door and the Clark Street door will be replaced with storefront doors. Limestone features will also be restored.
The Historic Preservation Commission on April 11 approved all the work except a corner-hung sign that would be 15 feet high and 1-foot 8 inches wide. The sign is intended to be hung coming out from the corner of the building and visible from both Main and Clark Streets.
It would identify the building owner. Dan Rohaley, a historic commission member as well as a Board of Zoning Appeals and Plan Commission member, said he likes the sign.
While this building originally had a corner entrance like the building on the southeast corner of the intersection, that will not be possible with the way the building has been altered over the years.
The grant of up to $50,000 is a 50/50 matching grant. The owners understand that they must get the go-ahead from the Historic Preservation Commission, complete the work and bring paid billing to the city before they can receive any grant compensation.
Keilman thought that the expected cost would be about $141,000, with $135,000 of that being hard construction cost.
The owners will occupy the entire building. They moved there in 1998.
At the meeting were Matt and Sandy Bapple and their adult son Luke. After their part in the meeting was over Matt said they feel a connection to the city since his parents were married in the old courthouse. Sandy’s grandparents were also married there.