ROME CITY, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--The annual list of the Ten Most Endangered Landmarks in Indiana has been released and it contains a listing familiar to folks in northeast Indiana.
Sylvan Springs in Rome City began life as a health spa in the 1890's called Kneipp Springs.
It’s since served as a Catholic convent and as headquarters for 'The Way', a religious sect. But it's been empty for years. The complex sits on 197 acres, 150 of which are farmland. Several attempts to repurpose it in the past 20 years have failed, and finding a use for it now that will save it from demolition continues to be a huge challenge.
”It's going to take a combination of people,” says Noble County Commission Joy LeCount, “with interest in the preservation of the building who have a good business plan and who have the financial wherewithal to save it.”
There has been talk of turning it into a retreat, perhaps a rehab center for wounded vets, but nothing backed by any money. And its owners, a lien holding company, owe about $120,000 in back taxes, another reason for the rush to get something done soon.
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