Vincennes Historic District
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Vincennes Historic District preserves a collection of significant early architecture.
Within the district are historic structures such as Grouseland, the home of William Henry Harrison, Indiana’s first Territorial Governor and 9th President of the United States and the 1826 St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the state. The district encompasses a wide array of architecture styles including Federal, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie Style, Bungalow and Art Deco.
Read about the benefits of historic districts and ordinances:
Grants, Loans & Tax Credits
The city, state and federal government provide incentives for qualified restoration of historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact the entities below to learn about eligibility guidelines.
- Historic Rehabilitation Investment Federal & State Tax Credits: Consult the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
- Rehabilitation Property Tax Deductions in Indiana: Contact the Knox County Auditor’s office at 812.895.4893 for details on qualifications and to request the state tax form.
- Revitalization Funds in Vincennes: Contact the City of Vincennes at 812.882.7285.
- Indiana Landmarks Grants & Loans for Preservation Organizations: Indiana Landmarks provides grants and loans to assist local preservation organizations with research, education and restoration of historic landmarks.
Started in 1990, VKPF saves historic materials from properties selected for demolition or otherwise dramatically altered. Materials are available for reuse in properties in the Vincennes Historic District. Contact Rene’ Vermillion for information.
- Learn how property values rise with local historic district designation: Preservation & Property Values
- Learn about architectural styles: On Your Street
- Within the Vincennes Historic District: An educational booklet on the benefits, privileges and responsibilities of living in the district is available for residents and owners of property in the historic district. The publication includes a summary of the Historic Review Board guidelines and the benefits (tax and otherwise) of owning property within the district. Contact VKPF to obtain a copy.
- Download and share our VKPF Flyer and Membership Application: VKPFflyer
- Established in 1987 to educate residents and visitors of the unique architecture and valuable heritage in Vincennes, the Vincennes Historic Tour features a variety architectural styles of historic district residences. Contact the Vincennes/Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Historical & Architectural Research
VKPF maintains a research collection with information on architectural styles, appropriate restoration techniques and an inventory of historic properties in Knox County. Contact VKPF for assistance.
- Learn about researching historic homes: Historic House Research Handbook
- The McGrady Brockman House: The Knox County Public Library operates a regional history/genealogy center at 614 N. 7th St. A variety of materials, including county records, Sanborn fire maps, deeds, newspapers and books, are available to help research your historic property.
- The Indiana State Historic and Architectural Research Database (SHAARD) allows users to search resources including National Register listings and county surveys.
Historic School Buildings Reuse
Vincennes retains many fine examples of school architecture from the early twentieth century. VKPF partnered with local organizations to find a new use for school structures vacated by the Vincennes Community School Corporation. Clark’s Crossing, a project by local architects Myszak+Palmer, now provides affordable senior housing in the former school building on 6th Street. In addition, Adams Coliseum has been renovated and put back into use for the community!
Presentation on April 6, 2010 at Adams Coliseum by Mr. Royce Yeater, Midwest Director of the National Trust for Historic Places: Adaptive Reuse of Historic Schools
Presentation on April 6 at Adams Coliseum by Andrew Myszak, local architect: History & Architecture of Vincennes Schools
Examples of school reuse: New Uses for Old Schools