By Sue Ellen Ross

Post-Tribune
The former Hansen Branch of the Hammond Public Library will find new life as a multi-purpose community center.Plans by the Hessville Commerce & Community Creative (HC3) organization currently aim to renovate the circa-1931 building that has been closed for 13 years.

“HC3 had heard at Mayors Night Out last October that the Hammond Redevelopment Commission was putting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the building) out sometime soon,” said HC3 president Amy Radolak. “We, as a board, spoke about the ups and downs of taking on such a big project and voted to take on this task.”  Read more...

HC3 acquired the former Hansen Library Branch from the City of Hammond in 2017. Located at the intersection of Martha Street & Alabama, the Library stood vacant for 13 years. During this time the building had occurred significant damage due to a compromised roof. HC3's goal is to restore the original structure with the help of Indiana Landmarks and Greg Kil, an architect who specializes in historic preservation. Once the building has been restored it will serve our community once again like it was originally intended. We are looking to provide Veteran support services and other community resources. The Veteran services will be a latter of the North Township Trustee office.  The renovated building will be recognized as a historical building locally and Nationally. But, HC3 needs your help! We still need to raise $35,000 ASAP to restore the original windows in the building. Other funds will also be needed to complete this project. If you want to be a part of Hessville History...Please donate today!


Thank you to the City of Hammond for their support. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., Africa Tarver, Executive Director of Redevelopment, the Redevelopment Commission, Anne Anderson, Director of Economic Development, and our 6th District Councilman Scott Rakos. It really does take the support of so many to make great things happen within our city, HC3 is proud to have an amazing community! We thank everyone for their ongoing support of HC3!! You can Help HC3 in our mission by donating to help restore the old Hansen Library. -Former HC3 President,  Amy Radolak 
CLICK HERE TO DONATE.


The transformation of the former Hansen Branch Library is truly amazing! We invite you to sit down and stay awhile and view the hard work and dedication of so many in the community who have helped awaken a sleeping landmark!


We also invite you to visit our
 Facebook Page and tell these volunteers how much it means to you (in the review section) as you witness this beautiful transformation of a beloved landmark inHessville!

HC3'S mission to Strengthen Hessville through philanthropic, cultural, educational, and economic development and to promote revitalization, safety, and beautification within the entire community.
HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit
HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit
HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit

HC3 President, Amy Radolak,  gave WJOB'S,  Tony Panek, a tour of the renovations to the Hansen Branch Library.

"This project wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr, City Chief of Staff Phil Tallion, Anne Anderson Economic Development, Africa Tarver Redevelopment & Redevelopment Commission, 6th District Councilman Scott Rakos. So many City of Hammond departments I thank you all for your help and guidance. Another very big Thank you to the Home Depot grant foundation, American Legion Post 232, PPG Paints, Ozinga, Steel Cities SteeI. HC3 has received private donations from Hasse Construction and Northlake Recyclers. I didn’t mean to forget anyone so many have donated please visit hc3hessville.org on the Hansen Page to see all who have donated to the project! If you would like to donate to our project click the donate button on our website! Thank you all very much!" -Amy Radolak

Local Roofers 26, others aid Hessville nonprofit's Old Hansen Library restoration project; Color Run 5K set for Aug. 11


HESSVILLE — A neighborhood organization’s mission to restore a Great Depression-era library into a resource center is well on its way thanks to the community’s generosity, said Amy Radolak, president of the Hessville Commerce & Community Creative. Read More

HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit

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HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit
HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit

Hessville group works to restore historic library into community hub

Lauren Cross lauren.cross@nwi.com

NWITIMES     Jun 14, 2019


HESSVILLE — Don't let the old Hansen library's boarded-up windows fool you — much work is being done inside the Great Depression-era library as project leaders transform the once-dilapidated building into a community resource center and veterans museum. 

Amy Radolak, president of the Hessville Commerce & Community Creative (HC3), said tens-of-thousands-of-dollars have been donated to the cause — either through free labor, supplies or construction and historical expertise — since HC3 purchased the property from the city for $10 nearly two years ago.

The library branch, one of three designed by local architect L. Cosby Bernard, largely sat vacant for more than a decade but is now being turned into a community hub for the Hessville neighborhood. 

The project has hit some snags, including a five-month stall earlier this year due to an interior wall structure being compromised. Now that it's fixed, the neighborhood organization has moved forward with drywall, interior and exterior painting, floor tiling and heating and air unit repairs. The roof was torn down and a new one installed last year, free of charge, by the Local Roofers 26 Union. 

To ensure the building makes it on the National Registry List, Radolak said careful attention must be given to the smallest of details so renovations align with the building's era — even the bathroom tiling will be a mosaic basket-weave pattern, a popular style in the 1930s.

While not ideal, the boarded-up windows are there for a reason, she said. The group is waiting on final approval for a $50,000-grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to restore the steel casement windows, which are original to the 1931 library.

"We want to preserve those windows. If they weren't boarded up, they would be exposed to the weather and be further damaged," Radolak said. 

Radolak said this has been a massive undertaking — the first of its kind for HC3.

The finished product will be a community center for Hessville, feature a veterans museum and resource center and provide adult workforce development, student tutoring and veterans support services, the latter of which will be offered by the North Township trustee's office. 

Countless unions and organizations have helped Radolak and HC3 in renovating the old library, including Artisan Quality Roofing; Babilla Roofing & Sheet Metal; Chiattello’s Roofing & Construction; PPG Paint; Carpenters Local 599; Home Depot; American Legion Post 232; Collins Heating and Cooling; Acorn Fencing; and the Legacy Foundation. 

Radolak said she would like HC3 to complete the project by year's end. 

"This small, unheard of organization was looking for some pretty big commitments and donations from many companies," Radolak said.

"We are so fortunate that not only the city of Hammond took a chance on us, but so did all these unions and businesses donating tens-of-thousands-of-dollars worth of work to our organization for this building. We are definitely most grateful to all those involved," she added.

Visit hc3hessville.org for more information or to donate. 

A Special Thank You to our donors and the supportive community that have helped make  this project move forward!

We will be sharing the progress of the restoration so that our community can also appreciate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

Local Roofers 26, others aid Hessville nonprofit's Old Hansen Library restoration project; Color Run 5K set for Aug. 11


HESSVILLE — A neighborhood organization’s mission to restore a Great Depression-era library into a resource center is well on its way thanks to the community’s generosity, said Amy Radolak, president of the Hessville Commerce & Community Creative. Read More

HC3 Hessville Commerce & Community Creative-Non-profit

Hessville Depression-era building to get face lift, new life and National Registry nomination


HESSVILLE — A neighborhood group has acquired the old Hansen Branch Library to restore the Great Depression-era structure and nominate it for the National Register of Historic Places.. Read More