HAMMOND | The Hammond Historic Preservation Commission is launching a new program to bring recognition to historic homes and neighborhoods in the city.
The commission is making available for purchase historic designation signs for homes in the city's 10 nationally designated historic districts. The signs will feature information on the home's history, such as its architect, original owner and date of construction.
Christopher Jones, a member of the commission living in the Forest-Southview District, said he got the idea for the yard signs from the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago. Jones moved back to Hammond with his family three years ago from Chicago and bought his childhood home.
Jones said he hopes the program makes people more aware of historic homes Hammond has to offer.
“I'm amazed at how many people stop and read the sign now,” Jones said.
The painted wooden signs feature white lettering and come with wooden stakes for yard placement. Interested residents can order the wooden signs for $200.
Jones said the commission is planning to mail order forms to residents of the historic districts in the coming weeks. Jones also created a display featuring the sign program for the Hammond City Hall lobby.
Patrick Swibes, the commission's president, said he hopes the signs get people interested in the neighborhoods' architecture.
“I hope it creates more of a sense of pride in the neighborhood,” Swibes said, “and building a sense of community through the homes and through the neighborhoods.”
Interested residents can contact Jones at the Hammond Department of Economic Development, (219) 853-6508, ext. 334.