Dear members, friends, and supporters of TAF,
One month ago, two pieces of our community's architectural history were dismantled and stolen when thieves absconded with the large, decorative bronze light fixtures that had flanked the entrance of the Wells Building since it was erected in 1926. As the present-day steward of the Wells Community Cultural Center, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation worked diligently with police to recover the pieces from two area scrapyards. We are grateful to have recovered pieces of the historic lamps, but there is still much work to be done before they can once again grace the front steps of our building.
Now that the pieces have been returned to us, we will work with professionals that specialize in bronze to restore them to their former glory as a prime example of the American Neoclassical Greek Revival style.
Dr. Albert A. Wells envisioned the building as a gathering space for the Greater Lafayette community. With your generous contribution, the restored fixtures will o
nce again welcome the community through the doors when the newly renovated Wells Community Cultural Center opens in Spring 2019. We are ever grateful for your support. The calls we received from our community prove that Dr. Wells' gift continues to be treasured by Greater Lafayette, and we are committed to fulfilling his vision for the future!