Historic designation proposed for Ulen, country club

Brenda L. Holmes | For the Times SentinelUlen Country Club opened in May 1924. The earliest homes in what was then the Country Club Addition were built in 1925.

An Indiana first would be accomplished if the town of Ulen and the adjacent Ulen Country Club, both established in the 1920s, are designated together for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Indiana Historic Preservation Review Board will hear a request, at a July 22 hearing at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis, to list the town and golf course on the National Register. If that board approves it, the request for registration would be sent to the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C., for review.

While some golf courses have been nominated for listing on the register, they usually are separate from residential areas, said Paul Diebold, Indiana's assistant director of preservation services. Listing both would likely be unique, he said.

“That's the neat thing about this,” Diebold said. “That's an Indiana first, to do that.”

Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer is a Ulen resident who has been helping with the process.

"I grew up in Ulen, and I moved back here after law school back in 2004," he said.

A 1982 survey of potential historic sites in Boone County identified both Ulen and the country club as possibilities, Diebold said. Property owners in Ulen asked the state for the hearing, he said.

The application was prepared by Connie Zeigler of C. Resources Inc., an Indianapolis company that specializes in National Register applications and historical research.

Zeigler's 43-page application — excluding photographs — outlines the history of the town and the golf course.

Both course and town are named for Henry C. Ulen (1871-1963), a Boone County native who founded an engineering company that built dams, bridges, tunnels and railroads worldwide.

Ulen, who was born near New Brunswick, by 1916 had launched the Ulen Contracting Co. and in 1922 organized Ulen and Co.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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