Hack & Simon Building Restoration

VKPF led the way in restoring the Hack & Simon Brewery Office Building, c. 1885, on the Vincennes University campus. Due to the public’s desire to “save” this outstanding edifice, large sums of money were raised for the project. A great example of an adaptive reuse, the Knox County Development Corporation moved its offices into the building in 2008. The building was dedicated to the Bierhaus Family in 2011.

Judge Abner T. Ellis House

VKPF coordinated funding from Indiana Landmarks for an assessment of the facade of the Judge Abner T. Ellis House. Owned by the Harmony Society, plans include preservation of the sandstone columns and facade improvements.

Knox County Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument

Originally dedicated in 1914, the Civil War Monument on the county square memorializes war and peace. Designed by C.N. Clark and Company of Urbana, Illinois, the granite monument, well over sixty feet high and topped with the color-bearer, became susceptible to weather and fell into disrepair over the years. The restoration effort, directed by Judge Tim Crowley and led by VKPF, raised funds for over a decade and partnered with Knox County to bring the monument back to its original glory. A re-dedication ceremony celebrated the completed restoration on July 4, 2008.

St. Xavier School

Now used by Rivet School, VKPF advocated for the preservation of the St. Xavier School at Third and Church Streets. Legal action prevented demolition of this historic building.

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