James Dean Birth Site Memorial Endowment

Total Granted as of June 1, 2019

*updated monthly

Fund Purpose:
The purpose of this fund is to provide maintenance and support of the James Dean Birth Site Memorial in downtown Marion, Indiana.

Fund Story:
James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, and was raised by an Aunt and Uncle in Fairmount, Indiana after his mother died at an early age. Dean graduated from Fairmount High School in 1949 and headed to Hollywood and later New York. He appeared in several live television dramas in the early 1950’s and two Broadway plays before returning to Hollywood to make his three major films:  East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. He tragically died in an automobile accident on a California highway at the young age of 24 on September 30, 1955.

Main Street Marion’s former director, Loretta Walker, worked closely with James Dean Gallery owner, David Loehr, to develope plans for the tribute that is an attraction for downtown Marion and a destination for James Dean fans from around the world.

The park-like setting and monument were designed by David Loehr and will be a lasting tribute to the internationally known Marion native.  The focal point of the memorial is a six-foot-tall black granite monument with pictures of Dean etched into the front, along with a picture of the actor’s birthplace:  The Seven Gables Apartment House, which once stood at the site. The back of the monument features a brief bio of the iconic film star.

Read more about local movie star James Dean here: http://jamesdeangallery.com/

Fund Impact:
Main Street Marion

Fund Page Details:
Donating to this fund will increase the impact of its charitable fund purpose and grantmaking abilities. Clicking “Give Online” will allow you to make a charitable gift to this fund held at the Community Foundation of Grant County. Or mail your check to our office instead by using this donation form. Additionally, gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, and estate plans are also accepted.

*The amount listed above may not be up-to-date. Call the Community Foundation for the most up-to-date fund balances.



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