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  • Writer's pictureLaurel Tobin

A Major Transformation

As part of our recent Downtown Revitalization Project partnering with the Town of Fortville, Indiana and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, we had the opportunity to work with the local VFW. They occupied two historic storefronts on Main Street which had been altered in the mid-20th century with the addition of an ashlar limestone veneer at the first floor and the infilling of the second floor windows.

Two historic buildings are connected at their side walls. The first floor of both has a rough, ashlar limestone finish. The second floor of the right building is brick that has been painted red. The left building second floor is unpainted brick. The second floor window openings on both buildings have been infilled with brick.

Our renovation included the removal of the ashlar limestone, reopening the second floor windows, and installing historically-appropriate storefronts at the first floor.

Two historic buildings are connected at their side walls. The first floors have new storefronts with large windows and ribbed glass transoms. The storefronts are painted in contrasting shades of green. The red paint has been cleaned off of the brick on the second floor of the right building. The second floor window openings on both buildings have been reopened and have new windows.

We are delighted by this transformation and hope that the building will serve the VFW for many years to come!

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