Saving Gary’s Architecture

May 04

You may not realize it, but Gary, Indiana, is filled with architectural beauty.

Gary city officials and restoration groups are leading a push to not only rehabilitate some of the historic buildings that make up this northwest Indiana city, but plan to offer tours starting this summer.

Gary’s Union Station is a high-priority on the restoration to-do list, in part because of its construction out of Indiana Limestone. Recently, the restoration group Decay Devils hosted an event at Union Station where murals were painted by a group of local artists.

The city of Gary was able to raise $7500 through crowdfunding and get a matching grant through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to host architectural tours over the summer.

The Gary Preservation Tours will go to a handful of historical sites around the city, including the rehabilitated Union Station. Visitors will also be able to tour City Hall, the Lake County Courthouse, and the Gary Land Company Building.

Gary city planners view this as a way to shine a positive spotlight on a city that has struggled under changing economic conditions and crime.


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