Extending the life of historic worship spaces in Indianapolis and Zionsville
This thesis examines the adaptive use of historic churches in Indianapolis and Zionsville. It looks at the decline and revitalization of urban neighborhoods which led to the adaptive use of historic churches. It examines seven case studies in Indianapolis and Zionsville, Indiana representing the new use by different congregations, use of historic churches by a not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit uses of historic churches. These case studies typify a national trend toward adaptively using historic churches and retaining them as anchors for the neighborhoods in which they exist. This thesis also makes conclusions about which of the adaptive uses is most desirable and which is lest desirable.