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Whiting, Indiana

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Whiting Indiana (pop. 5,155) is a city with good harbor facilities on Lake Michigan just southeast of Chicago.

Because it is nestled between the cities of East Chicago and Hammond and has areas of dense development, this 1.3 square mile community gives the impression of being bigger than it is. Whiting and the nearby cities of East Chicago, Hammond, and Gary are part of the Calumet region, one of the nation's most highly industrialized areas. Products manufactured in Whiting include chemicals, metal products, and soap products. Whiting is the home of Calumet College of Saint Joseph.

Whiting's "main street" is 119th Street. The city is fortunate to have maintained a viable downtown area throughout its history. As a result Whiting boasts a large number of well-maintained and occupied historic structures and 119th Street maintains a unified and attractive appearance. Whiting is the home of picturesque neighborhoods and block after block of significant historic structures.

The city began its growth around the railroad crossing that intersects 119th street and connects Whiting to Chicago. But the real driving engine of Whiting's development was the Standard Oil Co. refinery, which almost single-handedly laid out the town. In 1889 that company began buying up marsh and duneland for the construction of what would eventually become the world's biggest refinery. Whiting became a town and 1903 and experienced a period of dramatic growth during the 1920's.

In 1905, Standard Oil donated land and the Carnegie Foundation granted funds for a public library. The outstanding Romanesque Revival building was completed that same year.

Whiting's architectural assets are so great that it has received four pages on this site. Surprisingly, Whiting has not adopted historic tax credits or applied for recognition on the National Register of Historic Places, something it should do to maintain the appeal of its historic areas for the future.

All photos by Tim Arends

Whiting, Indiana Apartment Building

Apartment building just off 119th St.


Whiting, Indiana Apartment Building

This poor apartment building has undergone a number of ghastly "renovations" that have all but ruined its original appearance. Note the bricked-n windows (no doubt with a claustrophobic drop ceiling installed). What an eyesore, and an expensive one to boot. Moreover, all those expensive alterations actually reduced the value of the apartments and the building itself, as well as, possibly, the property value of neighboring structures.


Whiting, Indiana Post office

Whiting Post Office

Colonial Revival


Whiting Indiana Carnegie Public Library

Whiting Public Library

1735 Oliver Street

Am outstanding example of Romanesque Revival



Whiting Indiana High School

Whiting High School

Oliver Street

Neoclassical; 1909

D. H. Perkins, Architect

J.L. Hamilton, builder


Whiting Indiana High School Chimney

Whiting High School Chimney

Oliver Street


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