Our thanks to Dan Orr, Wanatah Indiana, for contributing
these photos. Dan writes, "Thank You for this web site, It is just like
what I would do, but you are doing a excellent job. I love Gary
architecture, and have quite a few pics of buildings, some on the
"I am using a Sony F505 with a Carl Ziess lens. I
like it because it has a 5X zoom, and I can get a lot closer to some of
the architectural elements that I like to shoot.I do have a little
problem with graininess in the dark buildings, but still the quality is
not too bad."
Many thanks to Dan Orr of Wanatah for contributing
these superb photos.
Remains of the Memorial Auditorium (built to
honor war dead).
To see the massive size of the original structure, see this historic
other Gary postcards
There are still hopes for the city of Gary of
doing something with the building. Credit goes to the city for erecting
chain link fence around the structure to prevent further vandalism
after the Great
Gary Arson of 1997, but unfortunately nothing has been done
with the structure since then.
Detail of the front. Inscription reads
GARY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM.
Harp motifs give an indication of the types
of public enrichment programs that could be found inside. Note the
Around the building could be found
inscriptions of the types of human endeavors that could be found inside.
Inscription on this side reads "ART."
Detail of front.
Remnants of the old doors give a hint of the
splendor of the original interior.
Rear view of the structure gives an
indication of the significant part of the structure that
burned down in the Great
Gary Arson of 1997.
Part of the remaining interior of the
Ground floor level interior.
Folding chairs are still strewn around from
the last time the building was used.
There is still much that remains of the
original structure, but, of course, time is not on the building's side.