A Brewery for Marion?


Patrick Henry beer – A part of Marion’s Heritage

“Patrick Henry beer was always made using top fermenting yeasts and almost all the bottles of the beer that have survived can be found with the tag “A beer with an ale base”. The fox deluxe brewing company reproduced the beer for about a decade until they were closed in 1951. Later on in 1982, the interest of beer again started to spread through America and Grant’s Brewery Pub was opened, which revived the early American breweries. They also manufactured some of the recipes that were available from Patrick Henry’s tavern and from then on, the Brewery industry in America has seen a continuous growth. The brewpub has been replicating these sensational recipes. Famed recipes like Patrick Henry’s Malt Liquor and the famed beer with the Ale Base are also being manufactured and have an all time high popularity.”

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4321211

The article below discusses the economic benefits of brewing.

“The Power of Small”: Lagro saves historic structures


(Photo: Christopher Walter)

Indiana Landmarks and residents of  Lagro have succesfullyworked through their local Community Foundation in order to restore three significant buildings in their downtown. SOS Marion is a proud affiliate of Indiana Landmarks who have provided valuable support and information in our efforts to encourage our work in restoring Marion’s historic structures.

See the article from Indiana Landmarks here

Save Our Stories 2017 Featured Properties

These properties have been designated as historically significant by SOS and announced at a public meeting at God’s House Ministries on May 25, 2017.

Marion National Bank- center of Marion’s commercial development since 1914 ( below)


Commerical property from 1880’s.

19_Wolfe Bldg

One of Harvey Firestone’s prewar service centers.

20_Firestone Bldg

This house (below) is attributed to Samuel Plato

3_Plato (515 W 5th St)

The structures below are post WW II housing for the GI’s coming home. They are all steel construction.

17_Lustron (3501 S Gallatin St)16_Lustron (4601 S Washington St)15_Lustron (909 W 6th St)13_Lustron (318 E 7th St)14_Lustron (1320 N Wabash Ave)

The three structures below are being developed by Affordable Housing

12_Gallatin (Mecca)

11_Gallatin (Danmar)10_Gallatin (Cecelian)

18_Beatnik's Bldg

Built by the Marks family as a dry goods store. One of the oldest structures on the square.

Marion National Bank: Back to the Future


An abandoned building sits in the center of the city, once a symbol of financial growth and civic pride becomes a symbol for community decline and failure of vision. A once vibrant hub of offices for attorneys, insurance agents, dentists, and doctors, the building was once a hub for the city’s service industry.

History has not been kind to this structure and to the city center that it dominates. Businesses and services have failed or fled to the suburbs. The office buildings went dark, too big to tear down and useful only in real estate games.

This description of the Marion National Bank Building located on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Washington could also be used for the Warren Building in downtown. Michigan City, Indiana. Both had been an anchor for city businesses; the MNB from 1915, the Warren from 1927. Both were the tallest buildings in their cities, topping out at seven and six stories respectively. Both had some occupancy over time and finally abandoned.


At this point, the stories diverge. The MNB is now empty after being sold at least two times at tax sales; the building is vacant. The previous owner allowed the stripping of salable metals from the building. The banks one remaining tenant leaves in 2016. In the last two years, pieces of the terra cotta facing have fallen off. Events in Michigan City took a different turn starting in about the year 2000. As described by a founder of the project

“… the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce invited Artspace to visit the community. Artspace’s attention soon focused on the transformation of the Warren Building, a six-story office building dating from 1927. The tallest building in the nationally-designated Franklin Street Historic District, it is a seven story building with terrazzo floors, high ceilings, and large windows.”

This visit resulted in renovating the property and converting it to,“Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts … a mixed-use project with 44 affordable live/work units for artists and their families with ground-floor studio and commercial space. It is centrally located within the Uptown Arts District, a six-block stretch of Franklin Street that is already seeing many signs of arts-driven economic renewal.”

Area coordinator for Indiana Landmarks Paul Hayden recognizing similarities of the two buildings met with SOS chairman Dave Homer and arranged a visit to the Michigan City were Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, administrative assistant Mike Flynn, Kayla Johnson of Marion Mainstreet, Deb Guyer of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Bill Munn Vice Chairman of SOS, and Mary Eckerle of the Marion Public Library.

The Warren Building has become a “catalyst” for a new Michigan City.  It can happen in Marion with the Marion National Bank.


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South Washington Street Rising

Washington’s birthday and Washington Street rising were celebrated with a tour of the PC&C Railroad Station. The party continued at God’s House Ministries. Speakers were Dave Homer, Mayor Jesse Alumbaugh, Deb and Susan Divine from the Quilters Hall of Fame, and Susan Lankford from Ball State School of Architecture.

Ms.Lankford presented the “Marion Action Plan” a document prepared by BSU students as a design plan for a revival of Washington Street from downtown to 14th Street.

Click on the link to this document provided below. It is a PDF file but is a quick load. Open it up and take a look at what the future could be for “Marion’s Main Street.”


Celebrate with The Quilters Hall of Fame and SOS




When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Marion, Indiana

5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m  -Tours of the PCC&St.Louis Train Depot

1022 South Washington

5:45 -God’s House Ministries

216 West Sixth Street

Presentations on the Rebirth of Washington Street by Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, Dave Homer SOS, Susan Lankford BSU, John Lightle CVB, Deb Divine TQHF, John Devine TQHF

765-664-9333 or adminquiltershalloffame.net

Depot Project funded in part by Indiana Landmarks