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Buildings Preservation

$1,710 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 26 people in 23 months
Created June 23, 2017
Circus Hall of Fame, Inc.
on behalf of Circus Hall of Fame
21405424_1530273605444206_r.jpeg      The  American Circus Corporation built their winter quarters in 1922 on the former Ben Wallace Circus property, three miles east of Peru, Indiana on Route 124E.
      Owners, Ed Ballard, Bert Bowers and Jerry Mugivan built a massive complex with buildings used as horse stables, training facilities, wagon building and repairing shops, shops to work on the electric generators and tractors, buildings to get a shave, a hospital, a commissary and a general store. There were bunkhouses, a restaurant that served meals twice a day, places to rebuild and store equipment, lofts in the barns to store and work on the massive circus tents and an firefighting pump and a hydrant system throughout the property.
      After the winter quarters were sold in 1944, these buildings were used for various farming operations and torn down, damaged by storms or caught fire, reducing the standing buildings to just five still left today.
       The preservation of one of Indiana's greatest historical treasures is being looked at through a Building and Structural assessment. All work will be done in order of structural need and will include shoring up of foundations, repair and replacement of windows, roofing replacement, replacement of wooden siding in places, painting of buildings and doors.
       The American Circus Corporation buildings in Peru, Indiana  are a designated National Historic Landmark.
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We Thank you all for your contributions so far. We will be painting the barns and the Main Office Building during our work week, May 19th to 25th. We'll be posting more pictures as the improvements occur. This photo was from 1998 when the barns were painted the last time.
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We are trying to preserve the last circus holdings in the State of Indiana. Your contribution goes a long way to helping preserve historic 95 year old buildings for your children's children to come see, learn from and laugh while they are here.
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We have reduced the amount to just cover the roof repairs as that is the most important step at first. We would ideally like to get this done yet this fall. Please share this with your friends and neighbors.
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$1,710 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 26 people in 23 months
Created June 23, 2017
Circus Hall of Fame, Inc.
on behalf of Circus Hall of Fame
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