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A few Historic Landmarks in Northwest Indiana

Most Northwest Indiana residents probably aren't aware of the numerous nationally recognized historic buildings throughout Lake and Porter counties. Here is just a small samplng of some on the National Register.

  • Joseph Bailly Homestead, west of Porter on U S 20. Built between 1822 and 1919
  • Beverly shores Century of Progress Architectural District, along Lake Front Drive. Beverly Shores: built between 1934 and 1935
  • Buckley Homestead, 3606 Belslaw Road (near Lowell) built in 1849
  • Gary Land Company Building, 4th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. Gary: built In 1906
  • Clinton D. Gilson Barn, vicinity of Hebron on 650 South: built in 1892
  • Melvin A. Halsted House, 201 E Main St. Lowell: built in 1850
  • Heritage Hall, South College Avenue Valparaiso; built in 1815
  • Hobart Carnegie Library (Hobart Historical Society Museum), 706 E 4th St. Hobart; built in 1915
  • Hoosier Theater Building, 1329- 1335 119th St. Whiting: built in 1924
  • Immanuel Lutheren Church, 308 N Washington St. Valparaiso: built in 1891
  • Knights of Columbus Building, 333 W. 5th Ave. Gary; built in 1925.
  • Lake County Courthouse, Public Square in Crown Point; built in 1878
  • Lassen Hotel, 7808 W. 138th Place, Cedar Lake; built in 1895
  • Marktown Historic District, bounded by Pine, Riley, Dickey and 129th streets in East Chicago; built in 1888-1926
  • Joseph Ernest Meyer House (Meyer's Castle),1370 Joliet St., Dyer; built in 1931.
  • Miller Town Hall, junction of Miller Avenue, Old Hobart Road and Grand Boulevard, Gary; built 1911.
  • Pennsylvania Railroad Station (now a crafts shop), 1001 Lillian St., Hobart; built in 1910.
  • Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House, 153 Franklin St., Valparaiso, built in 1860 and 1871, respectively.
  • State Bank of Hammond Building, 5444-46 Calumet Ave., Hammond; built in 1927
  • John Stewart Settlement House, 1501 Massachusetts St., Gary; built in 1925
  • Weller House, 1200 North Road in Chesterton; built in 1870.
  • West Fifth Avenue Apartments Historic District, roughly bounded by 5th Avenue from Taft to Pierce streets, Gary; built between 1922 and 1928
  • Whiting Memorial Community House, 1938 Clark St. Whiting; built in 1923.
  • John Wood Old Mill, east of Merrillville on Indiana 330: built in 1838.


Historic Museums in Northwest Indiana

(Please verify museum hours before planning your visit by calling the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority or South Shore CVA at (219) 980-1617 or the Porter County Convention, Recreation & Visitor's Commission at (219) 926-2255) Find more info at their history page.

  • Buckley Homestead Living History Farm 3606 Bleshaw Road, Lowell Indiana 46356. (Lake) Turn-of-the century farming is preserved in every detail in this 1800's setting. Watch farm horses plow the fields, pet the barn animals, one-room schoolhouse or rustic cabin. Dressed in authentic costumes, the staff will show you around and recount for you pioneer days on the farm. Open May-Oct. weekends 9AM-5PM, and weekdays by reservations.
  • Old Lake County Courthouse Courthouse Square, Crown Point Indiana 46307. (Lake) Stand on the steps where, in 1896, William Jennings Bryan campaigned for the Presidency. And where in 1909 an unknown car designer, Louis Chevrolet accepted the winners cup for the first motor U.S. auto race, a forerunner of the "Indy 500." Amble through the 21 fun art, craft and antique shops, and the local historical museum. Before you leave, wander past the square to the Old Lake County Jail where Dillinger made his famous escape in 1934 using a gun carved of wood (not of soap as is commonly believed)!
  • The Old Homestead 227 S. Court Street, Crown Point Indiana 46307. (Lake) One of the older homes in Lake County built in 1847. Open by appointment.
  • Joseph Hess Schoolhouse 7205 Kennedy Ave., Hammond Indiana 46323. (Lake) Go back in time to 1869 in this little red schoolhouse, containing the oriqinal school bell, desks with inkwells, pot belly stove, books and 36-star flag. Open Apr.-Oct., Sun. 1-5PM, or by appointment.
  • Historic House Arts & Antiques 100 Johnson Road, Michigan City Indiana 46360. (LaPorte) Built in 1881, this is a fine example of bricklayer's and carpenter's craftsmanship, and elegant Victorian furnishings. Open by appointment only.
  • LaPorte County Historical Steam Society Museum. 21/2 miles east of SR 39 on CR 1000 North, Michigan City Indiana 46360. Stroll by steam-powered trains and cranes, tractors and buzz saws-all still operating today. Open Memorial Day weekend-Oct. weekends 1-6PM.
  • Hobart Historical Society Museum 706 E. 4th Street, Hobart Indiana 46342. (Lake) Preserves the colorful history of 19th and 20th Century regional life. Intriguing artifacts from Ice Age fossils and Indian relics to pioneer days. Visit the old blacksmith shop and woodworking shop in this stately historic landmark designed in English Renaissance style. Open Sat. 10AM-3PM, other times by appointment.
  • Grand Trunk Depot Museum 201 S. Broad, Griffith Indiana 46319. (Lake) Visit an old renovated railroad station, full of train memorabilia. Open Jun.-Aug. Sun. 2-4PM.
  • MerrillvilleHistorical Museum Open Sundays, 1-4 p.m. during the Summer and Autumn months. The museum is located in the old Merrillville Town Hall, formerly a school building, 13 W. 73rd Ave. For more information, call 769-8312, 755-0078 or 769-8027.
  • Old Lighthouse Museum Washington Park, Heisman Harbor Road, Michigan City Indiana 46360. (LaPorte) See lighthouse artifacts, lakefront lore, and a rare 4th Order Fresnel lens. Open daily except Mon. and holidays. 1-4PM.
  • Porter County Historical Museum 153 S. Franklin Street, Valparaiso Indiana 46383. (Porter) Housed in the Old Jail Building, this museum contains interesting artifacts and relics from the area including a WWII monument. Open all year, Tues., Wed., & Fri. 1-4PM, Wed., & Fri. 1-4PM .



Boone County Landmarks Preservation, Inc.

Join them for their monthly meetings!

Second Tuesday of every month

7:00 P.M.

Lebanon Public Library

104 E. Washington.

Lebanon, Indiana

Ask the librarian which room for the meeting


Boone County Landmarks Preservation is a not-for-profit group whose membership also provides you with an affiliate membership in the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, including their magazine, Indiana Preservationist.

For further info, call Judi Thomas-Sheerer at (765) 483-0303 (Botanica).

Historic Preservation of Porter County

Join them for their monthly meetings!

Second Monday of every month

7:00 P.M.

Meeting Room A

Porter County Public Library

107 E. Jefferson St.

Valparaiso Indiana.

Historic Preservation of Porter County's meetings often feature presentations on caring for your historic home and other preservation issues.

For further info, call Alan Resetar at (219) 465-7231.

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