LaPorte Historic District Gets Landmark Status

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February 17, 2015 — The Indiana and Michigan Avenues Historic District in LaPorte is among the eight historic sites and districts in Indiana that recently won landmark status with support from Indiana Landmarks Partners in Preservation National Register Program (PIP). The program provides matching funds that help pay the cost of hiring professionals to complete National Register nominations.

The sites that earned National Register listing include private homes, commercial and residential historic districts, a cemetery, and a vintage gas station and diner.

The Indiana and Michigan Avenues Historic District in LaPorte was listed with PIP support. The historic district’s 200 buildings date from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The homes display the most popular styles of the era—Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Tudor and Colonial Revival—and represent the work of local and Chicago-based architects, including Franklin Burnham, Shattuck & Hussey, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s student Robert Spencer. The district is roughly bounded by Indiana and Michigan avenues, Maple and Kingsbury avenues.

Other PIP-supported properties that won listing in the last six months include:

Hobart Commercial Historic District (Lake Co.)
LaFontaine Historic District (Wabash Co.)
Rufus and Amanda Black House (Hancock Co.)
East Hill Cemetery (Rush Co.)
John and Caroline Stonebraker House (Wayne Co.)
Parker House (Jasper Co.)
Seller’s Standard Station and Pullman Diner (Newton Co.)

The nomination of a site or district to the National Register requires in-depth research, mapping, photography, and a thorough knowledge of architectural history. Most successful nominations are drafted by historic preservation professionals.

[Photo of Sabin house on Michigan Ave., courtesy IN Landmarks]


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