Facilities Committee Member, Jim Kienle, Recipient of DAR Preservation Award


The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) presented Jim Kienle with the Historic Preservation Medal for his many decades of national and state work supporting historic architecture, service on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Committee, participation as Chairman of the AIA Indianapolis Urban Design Guidelines Committee, and many civic focused volunteer efforts to preserve architectural history. “Jim is a significant and influential architect within our State who unselfishly has given of himself for nearly fifty years,” noted Vanessa Burkhart, past Caroline Scott Harrison DAR Historic Preservation Committee Chair and current Historic Preservation Committee Member.

Jim serves on the Propylaeum’s Facilities Committee and is currently overseeing the Carriage House Masonry Restoration project. Jim said he first encountered the carriage house in 1975, when he attended an event in the studio where Elmer Taflinger discussed his design for the structure, known as The Ruins, for installation at Holliday Park.

The NSDAR Historic Preservation Medal recognizes and honors a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, or establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership and education, as it pertains to historic preservation, at the regional, state, and/or national level.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 130 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America’s freedom.


Information provided by Vanessa Burkhart


pictured left to right: Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks; Jim Kienle; David Baker, IHPC Administrator-retired; Jim Glass, HPH Consulting and former Propylaeum Board Member

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