By Sadie Hunter
In downtown Noblesville, streetlight banners change with seasons, community events and more.
Now, a recent changing of some banners shows the result of a partnership between Noblesville Main Street and the Noblesville Preservation Alliance. The two nonprofits have commissioned 20 banners that will feature and promote historic commercial buildings in Noblesville, something both organizations say was done for the state’s bicentennial year.
“Noblesville Preservation Alliance is excited to financially support the development and installation of the new banners for the light poles in downtown Noblesville,” NPA President Nancy Hebel said. “As an organization, it is our mission to preserve and promote Noblesville’s historic architecture and this project certainly meets that criteria. We applaud the idea and look forward to seeing the banners soon.”
The concept originated from Esther Lakes of Smith’s Jewelers, board president of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce.
“The business district of downtown Noblesville has managed to be a healthy and vital area while incorporating and maintaining the charm of its historical buildings,” Lakes said. “The banners showing past businesses located in buildings that look the same today as they did 100 years ago will add interest to our historic square and promote community pride. I am thrilled the city was receptive to the idea and thank Main Street for spearheading the project.”
Local author and realtor Kurt Meyer provided many of the images for the banners, along with local businesses, and the organization say the banners will be put up throughout the year between other banners and community events.