Five local homes are also featured. Admission to the home tour is $8 per person. Tickets are available at Eitel's Flowers, Treasures on the Square, Ambler-Hill Florists, Almost Home and Curves.
The Janet Prindle Institute opened in late fall 2007 on a picturesque knoll in the Nature Park. The park consists of 500 acres obtained mostly through gifts and leases from Hanson Aggregates which owned and operated the old quarry site.
A gift from Janet W. Prindle (DPU '58) funded the construction of this state-of-the-art facility. The Institute's beautiful natural setting provides an inspirational environment for students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to engage in critical reflection and constructive debate about ethical questions.
The building was designed to minimize the impact on the site's natural environment and resources and cutting-edge green building practices were utilized to meet DePauw's commitment to sustainability. Locally-quarried limestone and regionally harvested woods, used for both exterior and interior finishes, blend with the natural surroundings.
The configuration around a landscaped courtyard brings in natural daylight to decrease energy consumption and increase the quality of the interior space.
In May 2008 the Prindle Institute became the first building in Indiana to receive a Gold rating for energy efficiency and environmental design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Institute offers a lecture hall with seating for 113, a great room normally arranged with comfortable seating in conversational areas and office space for faculty and visiting scholars.
The Institute encourages faculty members to develop new approaches in teaching ethics across disciplines and skills in focusing the insights that can emerge when diverse opinions and inputs are shared. Various lectures, reading groups, workshops and symposia throughout the year serve to augment and amplify this commitment to critical thinking.
Shuttle service by Rural Transit van will be available at no additional charge during the home tour from the parking lot of the 911 dispatch center on CR 225 South to the Prindle as well as from the lower parking area inside the Nature Park up to the entrance door.