GARY | Drivers will now know when they're traveling through the Morningside Historic District, thanks to new street sign toppers donated by the Morningside Historic District Organization.
The new toppers will be presented to Gary during a ceremony with Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Gary Public Library's Kennedy branch, 3953 Broadway.
The signs will sit atop street signs in the Morningside district, which includes more than 80 homes in Gary's Glen Park section that feature architectural high style of the 20th century. The homes are good reason to take civic pride in the area, organization President Jeff R. Wilson said.
“Gary is over 100 years old, and we don't do enough to save our historic structures and sites and let them be known,” Wilson said.
The signs would be interchangeable throughout Gary, with the Morningside name replaced with the name of different historic districts as the program grows. The state is considering the Jefferson area for historic status, Wilson said. He hopes other neighborhoods will follow.
“A lot of people seek out homes in historic districts, which can be an economic driver,” said Wilson, who sought out a historic home when he was looking to buy.
A grant from the James P. Morrow Foundation made the sign toppers possible, Wilson said. Wilson's group partnered with Gary's Traffic Department on the project.
"We started two years ago, and we've been working on the process ever since,” Wilson said.