The county home in Indiana : a forgotten response to poverty and disability

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dc.contributor.advisor Adams, Vera A. Hassett, Kayla 2013-05-10T13:05:51Z 2013-05-10T13:05:51Z 2013-05-04 2013-05-04
dc.description.abstract The county home is a rapidly disappearing building type in Indiana. Also known as the poorhouse, poor asylum, or county farm, the county home was Indiana’s first unified response to poverty and disability. County homes were built in each of Indiana’s ninety-two counties, but today, over half of these buildings either sit vacant or have been demolished. This thesis includes a survey of Indiana’s remaining county homes, recording forty-eight buildings in forty-seven counties. Information regarding each building’s architectural significance, condition, and current use is noted. Though reuse can be difficult, often due to large building size or rural location, it is possible. Several successful examples of adaptive reuse of county homes exist across the state, as this thesis illustrates.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Urban Planning
dc.subject.lcsh Almshouses -- Indiana.
dc.subject.lcsh Almshouses -- Indiana -- Design and construction.
dc.title The county home in Indiana : a forgotten response to poverty and disability en_US Thesis (M.S.H.P.)

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    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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