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Gary Preservation Tour Open House on June 17

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City Methodist Church (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

City Methodist Church (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

Mark your calendar for June 17! You’ll want to be in Gary, Indiana for the first-ever Gary Preservation Tour Open House. After beating their crowdfunding goal by 20%, the organizers have been hard at work lining up sites to open to the public from 10am to 4pm.

It’s a unique opportunity to see a cross-section of Downtown Gary’s most notable buildings, both abandoned and in-use:

  • Gary State Bank Building
  • Gary Land Company Building
  • Lake County Courthouse
  • Union Station (abandoned)
  • Gary City Hall
  • Genesis Towers (originally the Hotel Gary)
  • Old Post Office (abandoned)
  • City Methodist Church (exterior views only during open house)

All will be within walking distance of the Gary Metro Center stop on the South Shore Line, and there will be other things happening in town to check out when you visit. So why not make a day of it?

Genesis Towers (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

Genesis Towers (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

Full details are up on this Facebook event, and you should follow the Gary Preservation Tour Facebook page for regular updates and historic photos of Gary.

Gary Post Office (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

Gary Post Office (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

If you’re looking to get more involved, volunteers are still needed to assist in greeting visitors to the sites. You can sign up online. I’ll be there!

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Help Crowdfund Gary Preservation Tours

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City Methodist Church [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

City Methodist Church [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Like so many Chicagoans, I’m guilty of being a disaster tourist in Gary. The allure of its picturesque ruins beckons to many a photographer.

US Steel [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

US Steel [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

The “City of the Century” is a shadow of the industrial powerhouse that it once was, with a fraction of its peak population. The mighty steel works around which it was built soldier on, but the era of mass industrial employment has long since passed. What becomes of a company town when the company no longer needs it?

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