Indiana Landmarks to sell Huddleston Farmhouse, move to historic Reid church.
"...The sale continues Indiana Landmarks' cycle of restoring historic properties to use as regional offices. The Eastern Regional Office will move to the Reid Center, which is the former Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Richmond. “In acquiring properties for use as regional offices, Indiana Landmarks picks significant structures in need of revitalization and rehabilitates them to spur additional preservation in the surrounding region,” said Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis. “When the time is right, we turn these properties over to new preservation-minded owners and invest the sale proceeds into other threatened historic buildings.” ...The Reid Memorial building has been vacant since 2017. It is known for its Tiffany stained-glass windows. The building has been on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered list, but is now planned to be used as a community center. As a tenant, Indiana Landmarks will assist in the building's revitalization....Indiana Landmarks has nine regional offices throughout the state to help residents rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns." Richmond Palladium-Item newpaper, February 28, 2022.
The significance of Indiana Landmarks taking over ownership of the building is in the future, if the property is sold, the new owners cannot remove or alter historic features of the building. Since the entire sanctuary area is designed by Tiffany Studios and the organ facade was designed by Hook & Hastings to complement the sanctuary design; the pipe organ has been saved for the foreseeable future.
Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who has heard or played the organ.
It was reported in the local newspaper the congregation disbanded in November 2017. Discussions are underway to preserve the historic building, an architectural gem which includes several Tiffany windows and other interior liturgical items designed by the Tiffany Studios. Source: Palladium-Item newspaper, Richmond, IN, Dec. 2, 2017.
Updated through information from Kurt van Schakel: Reid Memorial Presbyterian in Richmond, IN has a magnificent pair of matched cases in the chancel containing a 16' Dulciana as well as the Great 16' Open (and various 8' portions). This organ was a Hook and Hastings that was re-actioned by Wicks in the 1950's with only a couple of tonal changes, and was featured at the OHS Indianapolis convention a year ago. One change from the H&H was the inclusion of the largest scale Robert-Morton Vox Humana in the Choir division I've ever seen outside of a theatre organ, on its own tremulant! [Posted to PIPORG-L September 27, 2008.]
According to the 2007 Organ Atlas, the Wicks rebuild included a new console and new all-electric chests.
The original builder was Hook & Hastings (1905, Opus 2096).
Status Note: There 1996.