Indiana Landmarks News

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

Goethe Link, a surgeon and a founder of the IU School of Medicine, was also an avid stargazer that in 1939 he built an observatory at his country house in northwest Morgan County.

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Cambridge City, Indiana
Hidden Gems

The transportation history that shaped Cambridge City remains evident today in early nineteenth-century architecture and an annual festival.

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Potter-Haan House, Lafayette
Hidden Gems, Tours

We’ve heard of house moves, and we’ve been responsible for some, but none quite as ambitious and grand as the move of Lafayette’s Potter-Haan House. It traveled all the way from Connecticut to Missouri before coming to rest in Indiana back in 1904.

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Oldenburg Village of Spires
Hidden Gems

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
Hidden Gems

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
Hidden Gems

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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Levi Coffin House Fountain City Indiana
Hidden Gems

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
Hidden Gems

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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St. Anne's Shell Chapel
Hidden Gems, Tours

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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