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Parkview Home certified as historic building

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HISTORIC BUILDING: Parkview Home at 1501 Burlington Ave. in Frankfort was added to theboth the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures and the National Register of Historic Places.
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CERTIFIED: Parkview Home Administrator Chris Overman announced that the county-owned home had received its certificatesduring Monday's County Commissioners meeting.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Certification that Parkview Home has been added to both the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures and the National Register of Historic Places was presented by Parkview Home Administrator Chris Overman at Monday's Clinton County Commissioners. The meeting was held in a second-floor conference room in the Frankfort Municipal Airport Terminal due to ongoing construction at the Courthouse.

Overman says that receiving the certificates was the final step of what had been a two-year process.

“It was a long process,” Overman said. “It is an exciting thing.”

Overman credits James A. Glass, Ph.D., of Historic Preservation & Hertiage Consulting LLC with helping Parkview Home through the process of being added to the state and national registries. The Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously voted to add Parkview Home to the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures about a year ago, and Overman received the certificates last month.

“We hung them in our common area yesterday so everyone can see them,” Overman said. He added that being on the registry qualifies Parkview Home for a 50-50 matching grant.

"It gives us an opportunity to raise funds that will assist us with big projects.”

Owned and operated by Clinton County, Parkview Home is one of only 10 county homes still in operation in Indiana, according to Overman.

The original county home was built in 1863 and burnt in the mid-1880s. Construction of the current building was completed in June of 1918, and Parkview Home celebrated its 100th year in June of 2018.

“Last year, we celebrated 100 years,” Overman said. “It was the county farm, and it was the initial homeless shelter. They would be assessed based on their skill sets or abilities. It was a working farm. They would actually get up every morning and work. There was a clause in their agreement that if they refused to work they would be asked to leave the home. They would learn skills and then go into the community and be hired on in other farms and become independent as farm hands.

“Now, it is more or less a retirement home. It is income-based rent for three hot meals a day and a private room. There are minimal services. We give some assistance with transportation and medical. We also do their laundry if they choose.”

Overman says Parkview Home has a capacity for 44 elderly, slightly mentally-challenged and/or indigent residents.

“We have never had 44 (residents) as far as anyone remembers,” Overman said. “We are currently at 28. We have a large crowd that are employed by various entities in Frankfort. We have a large population that still work. That is unusual for a county home, in general.”

Overman says that, after more than 101 years now, the building is still in great shape.

“It is a beautiful facility,” Overman said. “We are excited about (being added to the national and state registries). It puts Parkview on the map, not only statewide but nationally. It is a unique facility. It is well-maintained, and we get a lot of compliments. And I encourage people to come out and see it. I will always take time to give people a tour.”

Some people coming to Parkview Home at 1501 Burlington Ave in Frankfort this weekend will be at the historical building for a scare. The entire length of the Parkview Home basement has been converted into the 7 Lights of Trepidation Haunted House.

“The haunted house will be this Friday and Saturday night, 6-11 p.m.,” Overman said. “It will also be next weekend, Friday and Saturday, from 6-11 p.m.”