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Logs to Lustrons Tour 2018

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center

1215 Indiana 49

Porter, IN 46304

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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 5 Logs to Lustrons tour. Indiana Landmarks, in partnership with the Dunes National Park Association and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IDNL), 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. Nine interiors will be open for touring.

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. Note: we have more shuttles this year!

The tour visits three Swedish landmarks: the Gust Lindstrom Site and its World War I-era Wahl Barn—restored and repurposed as an environmental preschool, the restored Oscar and Irene Nelson House and the outbuildings, and the Charles and Mathilda Nelson House.

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 Myer House and Solomon Enclave

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 Lakeshore 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 (check www.indianalandmarks.org for info on date tickets will go on sale).

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 at 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 visitors center to earn a badge

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, both days. 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.

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1215 Indiana 49

Porter, IN 46304

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