James Abraham

  • B.S., education, Ball State University, 1965
  • M.A., Ball State University, 1968

"I came to the realization after 35 years of professional restoration projects that it would be both rewarding and exciting to share that experience with students who want to enter the field. SCAD has provided me with that wonderful opportunity as well as continuing to work privately in the field."

James Abraham | Historic preservation professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Being appointed to manage two major historic theater restoration projects; being chosen as the outstanding first year State Senator by fellow members; twice received the "Saga more of the Wabash" award by two Indiana Governors for outstanding service to the people of Indiana; served four years on Board of Directors Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; chairman White River Scenic Riverwalk Commission in Anderson, Indiana; served eight years as a member of the Historic Review Board, Anderson Indiana; served as Administration Assistant to Indiana Gov. Otis R, Bowen; member of the Governors Residence Commission in Indiana; Service to Mankind Award from Sertoma Clubs International; Indiana Landmarks Foundation Service Award for outstanding restoration project 1997; Community Imagine Award from Rotary International 1998


League of Historic American Theatres, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Savannah Foundation, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Victorian Society of America

Previous Positions

Project manager of the c. 1929 Paramount Theatre Centre, Anderson, Indiana, and the c.1904 Carnegie Building Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, Indiana; project manager of the c.1920 Lucas Theatre for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia; other restoration projects in Savannah include the Kennedy Pharmacy Building; the Unitarian Church interior; Flannery O'Conner House interior; Dillon Family Vault and the Dunlevie House in Ellenhurst, Georgia, which received the 2010 Georgia Trust "Excellence in Rehabilitation" award

Publications and presentations

Authored the nomination for the Paramount Theatre Center for listing on the National Register of Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation Nashville Conference 2009 "Delivery of Graduate Preservation Programs" Panel Presentation