Sunday, July 25th, 2021

A.W. DeLong Building receiving needed facelift

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020

The A.W. DeLong Building located at 331 N. Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington is receiving a facelift. Contractors began the outside work on the Gothic Revival Style building, constructed in 1880, on Wednesday.

According to the owner, “The building will have the fire escape removed and all new windows. The contractors will clean the brick, paint the ornate parts of the building, replace the façade, repair the foundation and masonry and install a new roof.

Alexander W. DeLong began Huntington’s second newspaper, The Indiana Herald, with the assistance of his father, Isaac. The first published Indiana Herald appeared under the date of July 5, 1848. DeLong came to Huntington, a village of about 500 people, from Senacaville, Ohio. He remained a force in the community through 25 years of direction of the publication he founded.

It is nice to see the work being done to restore our older buildings and homes around the community. As you drive around Huntington, you will also see work being done at the former Niswander Cadillac/GMC dealership, the former Harman Optometry building and the former JCPenney/TCB Games in downtown.

Work is also being done in the Drovertown area on South Jefferson Street on two homes and also at three additional homes on the bridge on Lafontaine Street.

As the Chamber of Commerce, we want to thank all of those interested in investing in our community and wish them all the best.

Shown in the left photo, is a picture taken of the A.W. DeLong building a few of years ago. The photo at right shows the work being done today.