I want to welcome you to our new webpage for SOS – Save Our Stories, Inc. We have been working very hard to become a voice for historic preservation in Marion, Indiana. We have recently been recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
You will notice that our webpage is a work in progress as we update and post new information for our readers. One reason for this is so we can share some urgent information and ask for your help in spreading the word and supporting our efforts right now.
Save Our Seven is a list we published in May 2014 addressing the seven most endangered historic structures in Marion. One such structure is the beautiful Tudor Revival building at 225 West Spencer Avenue. This was the former sight of Aunt Sue’s Tea Room. It was damaged by fire and is now vacated and in danger of being demolished. We selected this as our number one priority to save not only due to its historic significance but because it is imminent danger of being demolished. This structure has been attributed to Samuel Plato, significant African-American architect and builder of the early 1900’s. He was responsible for several significant buildings throughout Marion and was really a pioneer from 1902-1920.
We have started a campaign to hopefully save this structure and there is an opportunity to donate directly to this cause or simply become a member of Save Our Stories. We are excited about the opportunities to educate and inform our readers and supporters with information about endangered historic structures, landscapes and districts within Marion.
We are also excited about our new relationship with Indiana Landmarks, a state organization for historic preservation who have provided us with encouragement and assistance along our way. You will soon see remarks from the East-Central Indiana Regional Director, J.P. Hall and learn the importance of our mission and what historic preservation means to our community as well as the State of Indiana.
This is really unchartered waters and our hope is that you will join our efforts to help protect our city’s history! With your help and support we will accomplish our mission. Enjoy!!
David K. Homer
SOS – Save Our Stories, Inc.