Chesterton Commercial Historic District


Chesterton Commercial Historic District
Chesterton Commercial Historic District
I.O.O.F. Lodge (Antique Shop Building)
Chesterton Commercial Historic District is located in Indiana
Location: 109-193 N. Calumet Rd. and 130-134 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, Indiana
Coordinates: 41°36′39″N 87°3′8″W / 41.61083°N 87.05222°W / 41.61083; -87.05222Coordinates: 41°36′39″N 87°3′8″W / 41.61083°N 87.05222°W / 41.61083; -87.05222
Area: 3.2 acres (1.3 ha)
Built: 1902
Architectural style: Italianate, Romanesque
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 99001102[1]
Added to NRHP: September 09, 1999

The Chesterton Commercial Historic District is a historic district in Chesterton, Indiana.

Originally called Coffee Creek and located a little to the south of the current downtown, the name was changed some time after the post office was established in 1833 to Calumet, the river to the north. When the Lake Shore and Michigan Railroad came through the area in 1852, the town moved north to the current location and began to develop. The town's name was not changed to Chesterton until after the Civil War. There appears to have been confusion with Calumet, Illinois, further up the track.[2]

The town’s location along the railroad helped industry to grow. Soon, there was a cooperage, sawmills, a washing machine factory, and an organ company. Among the better examples of the towns growth are the commercial building on the southwest corner of Broadway and Calumet Rd, and the old Chesterton Tribune Building.[2]

Key buildings

South of Broadway on the west side of Calumet Road are two historic buildings.

  • I.O.O.F Lodge - The International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge was built c. 1905, shortly after the devastating fire of 1902.[2]
  • The Queen Anne Commercial building on the southwest corner of Broadway and Calumet Road was built c. 1895. This building is considered a ‘notable’ property which substantially supports the historic integrity of the district.[2]

The bulk of the historic district in on the east side of Calumet Road. The southern end of the district starts across from Indiana Ave. It runs north to the tracks.

  • The Chesterton Tribune Building is the most southern building and was built c. 1905 after the great fire of 1902. It is considered a Twentieth Century function style, similar to most of the buildings in the district.[2]
  • The Smith Block was also built c.1905.[2]
  • The Hoham Block is two buildings to the north and is also a c.1905 Twentieth Century Functional style.[2]
  • The intermediate buildings in this row are commercial buildings of either Nineteenth Century (c.1900) or Twentieth Century (c.1920, 1910, 1905).[2]
  • The last ‘notable’ building is the Chesterton City Hall, c. 1902, located adjacent to the railroad.[2]
Hohman Block with Smith and Tribune Blocks together at the end of the row

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Porter County Interim Report, Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; 1996



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