Resources for Local Landmark Owners
Landmark owners that wish to alter the exterior of their landmark need to have the work approved by the Commission. The following diagram shows the process.
Downloadable version of the Certificate of Appropriateness application.
Guidelines are used by the Commission to help determine appropriate alterations to landmarks in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District and local residential buildings.
Guidelines are used by the Commission to help determine appropriate alterations to commercial building landmarks.
Standards are used by the Commission to help determine appropriate alterations to landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places using federal funds.
Local Historic Preservation Awards Nomination Forms
Althea Stoeckel Preservation Award
The Althea Stoeckel Historic Preservation Award was established in 1980 by the Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission to recognize those who have completed exemplary preservation and rehabilitation projects in the City of Muncie. The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Althea Stoeckel, Professor of History at Ball State University, and first Chairman of the Commission. Dr. Stoeckel rescued thousands of documents dating from the founding of Delaware County from the attic of the old court house prior to its demolition in 1966. Those documents now comprise the bulk of the collection housed in the Althea Stoeckel Delaware County Archives at Ball State University's Bracken Library. Nominations for the Stoeckel Award must be for historic buildings, structures, or sites that have been preserved, restored, or adaptively used. The Commission will present one award each year. "Letters of Commendation," however, may be issued to other meritorious nominees not selected for the award.
Mary Frances Abel Preservation Award
Created in 1988 by the Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission, the Mary Frances Abel Award recognizes excellence in the restoration of residential properties within the City of Muncie. The award is named for long-time Commission member and local historian, Mary Frances Abel. Eligible buildings must originally have been built for and currently be in residential use. Apartment buildings of up to four units are eligible. Buildings with both commercial and residential uses, however, are not eligible. The award is based on exterior improvements only, including site work/landscaping and the condition of outbuildings.
Dick Greene Memorial Historic Preservation Award
The Dick Greene Memorial Historic Preservation Award was established in 1998. It is given to a Muncie resident or organization that has promoted historic preservation or an appreciation of Muncie's architectural heritage through published works of writing or photography, or community education activities such as tours, festivals, or workshops. The award is named for the late Dick Greene, long-time newspaper columnist with The Muncie Star, whose writings often focused on Muncie's history or architectural heritage.
David R. Hermansen Community Preservation Award
The David R. Hermansen Community Preservation Award was established in 1994. It is given to residents of Muncie who, through advocacy, promotion, activism, design and/or technical consulting, or service in the public sector, have made significant and lasting contributions to the historic preservation movement in the community. The late Hermansen served for many years as one of the initial members of the Commission, as well as a long-time member of the Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board. In 1992, he received the first Wilbur D. Peat Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Understanding and Appreciation of Indiana's Architectural Heritage from the Central Indiana Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. This award recognized Hermansen's extraordinary efforts in researching, documenting, and helping to preserve many of Indiana's historic courthouses.