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Unnoticed Modern: The Midcentury Architecture of Evansville, Indiana

Design Study for Snyder Buick, Hironimus-Knapp-Given, 1960

Design Study for Snyder Buick, Hironimus-Knapp-Given, 1960

by Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History

Unnoticed ModernOver the last year, I have been spearheading a study to document the midcentury architecture of Evansville, Indiana, a regional center on the Ohio River that, like many communities, witnessed numerous transitions in the post-World War II era as a result of burgeoning populations and the accompanying need for new dwellings, commercial venues, and community resources. The Unnoticed Modern initiative is the first systematic look at this period of Evansville’s history, which has to date been left out of the narrative of the city’s rich legacy. Continue reading

Addressing the Next Generation of Historic Resources – Modern + Recent Past Architecture

Methodist Temple, Ralph Legeman, 1950

Methodist Temple, Ralph Legeman, 1950

The task of architectural documentation and assessment is the product of an ever-evolving field that, with the passage of time, must constantly take new periods and types of resources into consideration. Even now, resources from the Modern era have largely come into their own, with resources from the early 1960s readily meeting the 50-year threshold widely accepted as the standard for environmental review. Over the next decade, hundreds of thousands of other resources built during the 1960s and 1970s will likewise turn 50 years old and will have to be documented and evaluated for environmental review. These resources require a vast skill set, from completing historical research to properly photographing and documenting within their context. Continue reading

Excavations at the Artesian Branch Site

Overview of the Excavation at the Artesian Branch Site.

Overview of the Excavation at the Artesian Branch Site.

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Artesian Branch was a large Late Woodland site investigated during the course of the AOS project (see http://www.modot.org/ehp/AvenueofSaints.htm on the MoDOT website for a summary of the AOS project). Located at the base of a north–south trending bluff along the western edge of the Mississippi floodplain, this site was occupied from approximately A.D. 600 to 1100/1200. Continue reading

Pottery and Tools Recovered from the Carskadon Site Tell a Story

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Yesterday I introduced the Carskadon Site that CRA excavated during the AOS project. The site has a Middle Woodland occupation (circa A.D. 1–250). Many of the traits observed in the ceramics and lithic artifacts indicated an affiliation with Havana-Hopewell seen elsewhere in the region at this time. Today I’ll expand on the discussion from yesterday. Continue reading

Excavations at the Carskadon Site

Overview of the landscape around the Carskadon site.

Overview of the landscape surrounding the Carskadon site.

by Richard Herndon, Principal Investigator

Carskadon was another site investigated during the course of the AOS project (see http://www.modot.org/ehp/AvenueofSaints.htm on the MoDOT website for a summary of the AOS project). This site was periodically inhabited over the last 2,000 years with the largest occupation occurring during the Middle Woodland (circa A.D. 1–250). Continue reading

Excavations at the Baxter Lake Site

CRA working to excavate Block A at the Baxter Lake site.

CRA working to excavate Block A at the Baxter Lake site.

by Andrew Bradbury, Principal Investigator

Today I would like to present some information that we learned as a result of our excavations at the Baxter Lake site . The site was one of many sites that CRA investigated during the AOS project. A summary of the Baxter Lake excavations can be found on the MoDOT website at: http://www.modot.org/ehp/AOS_Volume4.htm. Analysis of the recovered materials indicated that the site was occupied during the Early Archaic (circa 7500 BC based on the recovered diagnostic hafted bifaces). Continue reading

Excavations at the Berhorst Site

by Andrew Bradbury

During the course of the AOS project, CRA had the opportunity to investigate a number of interesting sites. Here, I’ll discuss one aspect of our analysis of the Berhorst site. A summary of the Berhorst excavations can be found on the MoDOT web site at: http://www.modot.org/ehp/AOS_Volume5.htm. Buried components were identified at the site during the hand-excavation of two blocks. The component of interest here is the Middle Archaic component (circa 5000 BC based on a series of radiocarbon dates). Continue reading