Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Thursday that 11 properties have been awarded $712,989 in funding through the state’s Historic Renovation Grant Program including funding for historic preservation of the Hong Kong Kitchen in downtown Madison.
Hong Kong Kitchen, 102 East Main Street, was awarded $27,840 to help repair historic wood windows at the three-story, 19th century, brick Italianate structure that has served as a business and home for owners Yu Jiang and Zu Tian Zhang and their children for almost 20 years.
The funds will also help install exterior storm windows to preserve the original windows and prolong their life. The grant funding will partially pay for the labor of the window restoration expert and any required materials for restoration.
In awarding the competitive grant, the state noted that the successful restaurant, located at the corner of Main and West streets, is one of the only minority-owned businesses on Main Street in the Madison Historic District.
“Historic structures are some of the most powerful storytellers in Hoosier communities,” Crouch said. “The preservation of historic properties is integral to retelling Indiana’s history to future generations. This funding will help ensure communities can continue their Hoosier tradition and stories for years to come.”
Eligible properties for the grant program must be at least 50 years old and either listed on the register of Indiana historic sites and structures, be listed or eligible for listing to the National Register of Historic Places, or be listed as a contributing resource in a National Register District.
Eligible applicants include non-profits, individuals, partnerships, firms, associations, joint ventures, limited liability companies, corporations or non-profit affordable housing organizations. Awarded properties will receive funding for the renovation and preservation of exterior features.
“These Historic Renovation Grant Program projects will make a lasting impact on their local communities and on our state,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “These 11 properties will preserve the history of Indiana while supporting local economic development.”
Other projects awarded funding ranged from a $100,000 grant to preserve the Odd Fellows Building in Salem to $26,400 for an exterior restoration of the birthplace of noted Indiana journalist Ernie Pyle and $100,000 to replace the roof at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
“In its fifth year, the Historic Renovation Grant Program has transitioned to become a competitive grant program rather than first-come, first-served, to best support critical preservation efforts throughout the state,” said Andrea Kern, OCRA director of strategic initiatives. “We are excited for the potential of these projects to continue a legacy throughout the state.”
The Historic Renovation Grant Program received more than 50 applications with requests totaling over $3.2 million. Applications were scored based on appropriate historical criteria, extensive support from local residents, and the economic impact the project would have on the greater community.