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Oldenburg Village of Spires
Danke Schoen, Oldenburg
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For an unforgettable view, drive into Oldenburg from the north where scenic hills frame the European-looking small town. Known as the “Village of the Spires” for the multiple church steeples that punctuate its skyline, the town offers a visitor experience quite different from any other place in eastern Indiana.

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Florida Tropical House, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Today!
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Nestled in the dunes overlooking Indiana’s crescent of Lake Michigan shoreline, you might be surprised to find five homes that once embodied the bright future of American architecture… and very nearly became part of its past.

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Grotesque at Bass Mansion in Fort Wayne
Gargoyles vs. Grotesques
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In terms of public recognition, gargoyles outstrip grotesques, even though grotesques far outnumber gargoyles. Why is this? And what the heck is a grotesque, anyway?

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Paramount-theater-Anderson
Movies Under the Stars in Atmospheric Theaters
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Austrian-born architect John Eberson pioneered the design of atmospheric theaters, using architecture, lighting, and special effects designed to transport movie-goers to exotic locations. Indiana boasts a handful of Eberson-designed theaters.

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Levi Coffin House Fountain City Indiana
Levi Coffin and the Underground Railroad
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Incredible stories of hope — and some of hollow hype — abound when talk turns to the Underground Railroad. Most of the time, examining a landmark for physical clues doesn’t help determine if a place was really part of the secretive and perilous network. Instead, look to its history.

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Edison Concept Houses Gary
Set in Concrete: Edison Concept Houses
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In 1906, Thomas Alva Edison invented a mold and construction system for use in building all-concrete houses. Though the technique didn’t catch on extensively, an enclave of Edison’s concept houses remains in Gary, Indiana.

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Greentown Glass by Ken Ratcliff on Flickr
Gas Boom to Glass Room: Greentown Glass Museum
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Chocolate, Golden Agate, and Rose Agate sound like names of candy and rare gems, but in the glass collecting world, they’re known as popular colors of products made by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company. Though only in business from 1894 to 1903, when a fire destroyed the factory, the company based in Greentown produced pressed glass considered rare and expensive today.

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St. Anne's Shell Chapel
Shell Shock: the Hidden Wonder of St. Anne’s Chapel
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St. Anne’s Chapel at St. Mary-of-the-Woods is an intriguing artistic novelty. From the outside, the tiny chapel belies the spectacle within: nearly every surface of the chapel is covered in shells –- thousands and thousands of them.

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Carmelite Shrines, Munster
Are You Ready for the Ultraviolet Apocalypse?
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On the list of must-see places, no matter what your religious affiliation, you should add Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Munster. The grounds are full of shrines, but the feature that causes jaws to drop is Memorial Chapel, an underground shrine whose black light mural depicts the end of the world.

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