Students to take ‘fresh look’ at the Crump and former Irwin Union Bank

A group of high school and college students are taking a fresh look at two historic buildings in Columbus in the hopes of developing creative ideas for new adapted uses for the structures.

A Student Design Charrette, including a public presentation about the students’ recommendations, will be held during the Preserving Historic Places conference in Columbus, which opens today and goes through Friday.

The four-day conference is presented by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, Indiana Landmarks and Indiana University, with support from the National Park Service and the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

Students from Ball State University, Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Cincinnati and Columbus Signature Academy – New Tech High School will begin work Tuesday on the charrette to examine and evaluate The Crump Theater in downtown Columbus and a former Irwin Union Bank office on State Street.

A presentation open to the public on their findings is planned from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, said Suzanne Stanis, Indiana Landmarks director of heritage education. Conference registration is not required to attend the public session at the church.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.