Ramp approved for vintage building in downtown Crown Point

2013-02-24T19:25:00Z 2013-02-24T21:22:04Z Ramp approved for vintage building in downtown Crown PointSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 7:25 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The city Historic Preservation Commission recently approved a wheelchair ramp planned for the north side of the near-century-old Crown Point Masonic Temple.

The ramp will replace an exterior lift which had stopped working and would have been too costly to replace, said Ed Andersen, treasurer of Lake Lodge 157, with about 325 members.

The lodge holds weekly meetings in the building, which also can be rented for social events, Andersen said. 

Work on the ramp is expected to start after a city building permit is issued.

The structure, at 213 S. Main St., was built in 1919 for use as a Masonic Temple. The ramp's installation would be one of few known alterations to the building in its existence, said Paul Bremer, who chairs the Historic Preservation Commission.

Alterations to the building are subject to Historic Preservation Commission approval because the structure is within a downtown historic district.

The Masonic Temple is next door to the Carnegie Center, which housed the city library from 1908 to 1974 and also is within the historic district.




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