This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Monon Civic Building

  A few weeks ago I had a meeting in what I think is the Civic Building in downtown Monon. It seems to be an old bank building on the corner of Fourth and Market Street. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the exterior.

Inside was a plaque that gave a bit of history of Monon.

Inside an old bank vault is still in place. The walls are decorated with pictures of historic Monon.
 The building has a pretty staircase that goes up to offices that were overlooked the main banking floor.
 The building can be rented for events, but I do not have the contact information.


Anonymous said...

This is a lovely preservation site. Congrats on seeing it in and out.

Capouch said...

The Monon Civic Center is the former Monon State Bank, an enterprise begun by Monon's own version of J. P. Morgan: a man named Cornelius Montfort Horner. The building was the anchor of the "Horner Block," which is depicted in the photo linked to below. The story of how the single building in the block came to disappear is an interesting one, but a separate story for another day.