Logs to Lustrons Tour

Explore a century of architecture in the Indiana Dunes on a tour visiting 13 historic sites.

The International-style house designed for Dr. John and Gerda Meyer in 1961 maximizes views of Lake Michigan.

Saturday, May 4,2019

Departs from Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

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 4 Logs to Lustrons tour. Indiana Landmarks, in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Park (IDNP), team up to present 13 sites spanning a century of architecture, including restored residences not normally open to the public and vacant landmarks in need of a new use. Eight interiors will be open for touring.

If you’d like an even deeper experience — and decide where you want to spend the most time on the tour — come on Friday, May 3 for an evening lecture on the architecture and history of the National Park. You’ll find the details and info on overnight accommodations here.

For the tour, you’ll ride a shuttle that departs from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at your ticket time. Shuttles will circulate throughout the tour, so you can spend more time at sites that interest you, from log structures of early settlement days, to frame homes from the Victorian period, and mid-century homes of glass, stucco and metal.

The 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 and the outbuildings.

Moving into the twentieth century, the tour takes you to U.S. Steel’s Good Fellow Lodge, the centerpiece of a youth camp overlooking the Little Calumet River that the company maintained from 1941 to 1976 for employees’ children.

You’ll also tour architect-designed International-style houses and more modest Modernist examples, including two Lustrons, prefabricated post-World War II enameled steel houses, and two International-style houses – the Meyer House and Solomon Enclave. A new addition to this year’s tour offerings is the Read Dunes House, a mid-century residence designed in 1952 by architect Herbert P. Read for his parents Phil Benham Read and Irene Martin Read, early advocates for the dunes’ preservation.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1966 and acquired these historic properties within the park boundaries, including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress homes, the Swedish landmarks, and others. Indiana Landmarks has partnered with Indiana Dunes National Park over the past two decades, leasing and subleasing historic properties that the park lacked funds to rehabilitate. We’ll offer a separate tour this fall of the four restored and one unrestored Century of Progress houses.

Children who join the tour (with parent or guardian) can earn a Junior Ranger badge by picking up a workbook, program, and a bag with sketch book and pencil when they check-in at the Visitor Center. At the end of the tour, they show the completed workbook to a Park Ranger on the bus or visitor center to earn a badge. Children under age 16 are welcome to attend the tour for free, but will still need to reserve a ticket.


Tickets cost $30/person, $25/Indiana Landmarks member. Children age 16 and under are free, but must have a ticket. Purchase your ticket using the form below, by visiting logstolustronstour19.eventbrite.com, or by calling 317-639-4534.

Choose your timed entry ticket and departure time: slots available every 15 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the last tour departing at 2 p.m., Central Time. The tour lasts approximately three hours, depending upon how much time you choose to spend at each site. The tour sites will close at 4 p.m., Central Time.

Your tour will depart via shuttle from Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304, where you will find parking (no on-site parking is available or allowed at the tour sites). Box lunches are available for an additional $11 to tour-goers who request one in advance. Guests who have reserved box lunches will be able to pick them up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Beverly Shores Museum between, a shuttle-stop about halfway through the tour. Picnic tables are available at the site.

We recommend close-toed shoes and dressing for the weather of the day. Tours will run rain or shine and no refunds will be offered in the case of rain or inclement weather. A safety plan is in place in the case of dangerous weather during the event.

The tour includes walking and stairs to sites and inside structures. (Not all sites are accessible.)

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