Tours available Aug. 17 for UB Block preview

Paid tours will be given on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the United Brethren Block in Huntington as it gets ready to be re-opened soon as UB Lofts. Considered a blighted area several years ago, the block will include 37 market rate lofts, art studios, a culinary kitchen and several Huntington University entrepreneurship programs.
Paid tours will be given on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the United Brethren Block in Huntington as it gets ready to be re-opened soon as UB Lofts. Considered a blighted area several years ago, the block will include 37 market rate lofts, art studios, a culinary kitchen and several Huntington University entrepreneurship programs. Photo provided.

Once in such peril that it was on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list, the United Brethren Block in Huntington will soon re-open as UB Lofts and include 37 market-rate lofts, art studios, a culinary kitchen operated by Pathfinder Services, Inc. and Huntington University’s entrepreneurship programs.

Visitors are invited to check out the project, which underwent a $9 million restoration headed by Anderson Partners, at a Landmark Look tour on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by Anderson Partners, Indiana Landmarks and Huntington Alert.

Located on the north side of Huntington’s courthouse square at 45 E. Franklin St., the block includes the 1889 Odd Fellows Hall, circa 1915 I.O.O.F. Trust Building and 1915 United Brethren building, connected in the late 1950s to house the church’s publishing company.

After placement on the 10 Most Endangered list brought attention to the buildings’ plight, Indiana Landmarks worked with Huntington Alert to remove the block from the city’s demolition list.

Using funds from several sources, including the City of Huntington, Indiana Landmarks repaired the buildings and got a reuse assessment before spreading the word about the redevelopment opporutnity.

There is a cost for the tour. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting huntingtonlook19.eventbrite or call 317-639-4534.