Dunes Tour Features a Century of Architecture

Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service are teaming up again to highlight a century of architecture in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during our “Logs to Lustrons” tour, May 12-14.

Snell Lustron, Indiana Dunes

Logs to Lustrons

Our inaugural “Logs to Lustrons” tour last year was so popular, we’ve expanded our 2017 tour to two days and added a Friday evening lecture. New this year: tour participants will see inside the House of Tomorrow, a National Trust National Treasure that Indiana Landmarks and the Trust have partnered to restore.

During the illustrated Friday talk, “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy,” you’ll hear about the history of architecture in the Indiana Dunes, including several sites featured on the weekend tour, from early nineteenth-century log structures and buildings that show the influence of Swedish settlers to Mid-Century Modern houses. Speakers include Todd Zeiger, Director of Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office; Judith Collins, Historical Architect, and Cliff Goins, Chief of Interpretation, both of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The talk takes place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront Pavilion, beginning at 7 p.m. Central Time, with a reception and light refreshments.

Bailly Homestead

The Bailly Homestead brings together an unusual combination of architecture, including an imposing Victorian-era house and rustic log and brick structures dating from the 1820s.

On May 13 and 14, a shuttle departing from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center will transport guests to a dozen sites, including log structures, frame homes from the Victorian period, and mid-century homes built in glass, stucco and metal. The tour includes interiors at the 1822 National Historic Landmark Bailly Homestead-Nelson Family site, two Lustron Houses, and a historic barn and home repurposed as a pre-school. Check out details and reserve tickets online, or call 800-450-4534.

Want to help?

Indiana Landmarks seeks volunteers to help with the tour. Volunteers will be stationed at each home to answer questions and help with crowd flow. If you sign up, you won’t be asked to give a tour, but you will receive training on the specific house where you’re assigned. In return, you’ll receive free admission to the Friday night lecture and the tour itself. Sign up online, or contact Todd Zeiger, 574-232-4534,

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