My name is Ted Shideler. I’m from Muncie, Indiana and am in my mid-late 20’s. I’ve loved architecture, specifically courthouse architecture, since I was a kid. I have boring, dim, great, and well-defined memories of driving by many of them in the state going one place or another, often on the way up to my dad’s in Elkhart.
I’ve worn several vocational hats since I first managed a Subway in high school and college. For almost five years, I worked in corporate marketing, where I developed concept art, wrote copy, webmastered, and designed packaging for brands you all know- Ball and Kerr jars, Pine Mountain fire logs, Diamond matches and cutlery, Lifoam foam coolers, and Berkley fishing gear. Fresh removed from a stint in real estate investments, I currently work as a student loan account manager for a large asset management group.
The courthouse project has been a labor of love. In my free time (when I have it), I’m usually eating pizza, camping, fishing, or watching basketball and hockey. I also work as a studio musician for artists across central Indiana playing drums and bass guitar.
Now that I’ve been to every county and taken photos of every historic courthouse, I am really wanting to make connections to get into the clock towers of some historic courthouses and take photos! If you have such a connection, please contact me.
Here are the only three photos of me taken during this project: One with the yet-to-be-installed Randolph County Courthouse clock tower, one with a statue of Frank O’Bannon in Corydon, and one more- a selfie at the Lake County Superior Courthouse in Gary.