Transformation: Old Building, New Life
Wednesday, June 26 at 9 pm on WFYI 3 Originally broadcast September 29, 2011
Transformation: Old Building, New Life chronicles the dramatic restoration of the former Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Indianapolis (cornerstone laid in 1891) into the 21st Century home of Indiana Landmarks.
Even the greatest buildings in our cities will fall into ruin if they are left empty and untended. Such is the story of a once-glorious church on the near-northside of Indianapolis. The Central Avenue United Methodist Church was once home to one of the largest congregations in the state. Its members were the impetus behind Methodist Hospital and Wheeler Mission. And yet, as the neighborhood changed and the congregation shrank, this physical bastion of faith began to fail. Were you one of the thousands who drove by it every day, where it hunkered next to Interstate 65, watching as time ravaged its unusual sanctuary roof and ate away at the soaring bell tower?
But this story has a happy ending. New life has been breathed into the church once again as its community envisions a new future for it. The new WFYI documentary Transformation: Old Building, New Life takes you on an amazing ride of restoration, from a grand old building literally falling in on itself to its new incarnation as the home and public venues of Indiana Landmarks. Producers Gary Harrison and Judy O'Bannon puts you next to the members of the highly skilled restoration team as they work their way from the roof, to the walls, to the stunning stained glass window, and yes, the magnificent pipe organ. The Indiana Landmarks Center's reincarnation will leave you awed, inspired, and hopeful for the future of places so emblematic of the people and communties that built them.