Our Logs to Lustrons Tour on May 21 includes three International-style houses designed by Chicago architect Louis Solomon in 1948. |
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Tour covers Dunes architectural history from Logs to Lustrons
Do you favor rustic landmarks, like early log structures? Or are you a fan of Mid-Century Modern-style houses? Either way, we’ve got you covered on our May 21 Logs to Lustrons tour.
Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service team up to present a dozen landmarks spanning a century of architecture in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, including restored residences not normally open to the public and vacant landmarks in need of a new use. Seven interiors will be open for touring.
You’ll ride a shuttle that departs from the Porter County Visitors Center to the sites that date from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries -- log structures from early settlement days, frame homes from the Victorian period, and mid-century homes of glass, stucco and metal.
The day begins at the Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1822, when fur trapper Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein (1774-1835) established a trading post. The site includes a collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century log and brick structures built by Bailly and his descendants.
Beginning in 1850, Bailly’s son-in-law Joel Wicker recruited Swedish workers from Chicago to operate a sawmill, drawing timber workers and farmers to settle in the region. Our tour visits two Swedish landmarks: the Gust Lindstrom Site and its World War I-era Wahl Barn -- restored and repurposed as an environmental preschool -- and the restored Oscar and Irene Nelson house.
The Logs to Lustrons tour leaps ahead five decades to show off architect-designed International-style houses and more modest Modernist examples, including two Lustrons—prefabricated post-World War II enameled steel houses. The tour concludes with two International-style houses.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1966, after which the National Park Service acquired the historic properties within the park boundaries, including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress homes, the Swedish landmarks, and others. To save the five Century of Progress houses and several places on the tour, Indiana Landmarks leased the structures and subleased them to people who agreed to rehab them. (Although this tour won’t stop at the Century of Progress houses, tour guides aboard the shuttles will discuss their unusual history.) Indiana Landmarks is working with the National Park Service to determine a long-term solution for four of the tour’s historic structures.
Reserve tickets for the tour at https://logstolustrons.eventbrite.com or call 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534.