My name is Ted Shideler. I’m 28 and live in Muncie, Indiana. 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.
The courthouse project has been a labor of love. In my free time (when I have it), I’m usually eating pizza, fishing, restoring old Chuck E. Cheese robots, or playing drums as a session musician for artists around the state. Obviously I love history, and I usually have a project I’m working on. I do a lot of freelance art, marketing, and illustration projects, and am currently finishing up school by studying supply chain and logistics management.
Now that I’ve been to every county and taken photos of every historic courthouse in Indiana, 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. Also, I’m always looking for old postcards of historic Indiana courthouses, particularly ones that no longer exist. Let me know if you want to donate or sell one to 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.