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The People's Winery – 414 S. 3rd Street
In 1868, a contractor from Nebraska named D.J. Silver constructed this building to house a bank that he and his son originally operated on 4th Street in Logansport. This new building at 414 S. 3rd St. was the first one in Logansport specifically built for a bank.
The following year, Silver sold the bank to a group of men who converted it to "The People's Bank," which closed a few years later.
Over the years, the building was used by a neighboring appliance dealer for storage, and by the Salvation Army, but fell into disrepair after standing vacant since the 1970s.
In the 1990s, the Cass County Historic Preservation Foundation received a Wabash Heritage Corridor Grant, with matching funds in the form of a loan from Indiana Landmarks. Through that partnership, major renovations were completed, as the building’s roof and interior floors had collapsed into the basement! Additional tuckpointing and repair was done to the front a few years later after a truck struck the building.
Today, the building is home to The People's Winery.
Brad & Stacie Angle purchased the property in spring of 2010 and began their renovations almost immediately, installing a new storefront and restoring the building’s original second floor windows. The interior renovation included wood floors, a tasting bar made of salvaged brick, and a new staircase to the second floor. Logan’s Landing assisted with the project through the Façade Improvement Program and through the Real Estate Capital Access Program (RECAP), a pilot program for downtown revitalization funded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.
Despite a November 2010 fire (at an off-premises location) that destroyed their inventory, The People's Winery was able to open for business in March of 2011, and that fall, they were named Indiana's Main Street's Best Historic Rehabilitation for 2011. Their wine bottle label features a sketch of the historic building, and artwork by various local artists adorns the walls. Stacie & Brad had the vision to see how a vacant, dilapidated building at one of downtown’s busiest intersections could be transformed into a charming, welcoming venue where residents and visitors alike can relax and enjoy wine and soft drinks, and listen to local musicians perform. This once-neglected building — perhaps the best remaining example of the commercial Italianate style in Logansport — is now a shining example of the impact that historic rehabilitation can have on the downtown district and the entire community.
The Pop Up Art and History Trail is presented by the Cass County Visitors Bureau in partnership with Logan's Landing, the Cass County Historical Society, the City of Logansport and Cass County Communication Network (published by Existential Media LLC) as a way to encourage residents and visitors to learn more about our community's history and local attractions.