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Columbus Theatre On 10 Most Endangered Places List

The Crump Theatre in Columbus

The Crump Theatre in Columbus and its historic art deco facade. (Steve Burns, WTIU/WFIU News)

A historic Columbus theater is included on a list of the 10 Most Endangered Places Indiana Landmarks released today.

The organization hopes the annual list will draw more attention and resources to the aging structures.

Columbus’ Crump Theatre dates back to 1889, but a 1941 remodel gave it its striking façade.

Richard McCoy is the Director of Landmark Columbus, a nonprofit that looks after the city’s design heritage. He says the building is one of the most visually interesting when you drive through the city.

“The way that it looks on the outside is sort of Art Deco, a particular time period from 1941, that we don’t see a lot of in Indiana," McCoy says.

Other area landmarks on the list include the Mineral Springs Hotel in Paoli and the Church of the Holy Cross in Indianapolis.

Indiana Landmarks says only 16 of the 139 Most Endangered sites included on its list over the years have been demolished. They say 85 places have been restored or are no longer endangered.

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