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Preservation group restoring old Indiana lodge

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NEW HARMONY, Ind. -- A nearly century-old lodge building in southwestern Indiana is being rescued from demolition with help from a historic preservation group.

Indiana Landmarks says it's working with money from the philanthropic, Indianapolis-based Efroymson Family Fund to purchase and restore the Odd Fellows Lodge in New Harmony, which had been foreclosed.

The lodge was built in 1915. The building will get a new roof, historically accurate wood windows, and selective masonry repair. The building also has tin ceilings. The interior will also be restored to its original floor plan.

New Harmony was the site of two attempts at utopian communities in the 19th century.

The town is located about 20 miles northeast of Evansville.

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