• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

Cypress Log Cabin

old black and white picture of a log cabin with a landscaped yard

Cypress Log Cabin, from "A Century of Progress Homes and Furnishings as exhibited at the World's Fair, Chicago, 1934" Dorothy Raley, Editor, M.A. Ring Company Publishers, Chicago.

On the south side of Lake Front Drive sits the Cypress Log Cabin. Architect Murray D. Heatherington designed this building to demonstrate the unique qualities and many uses of cypress. At the fair, the cabin presented a mountain lodge atmosphere with fences, arbors, and bridges decorated with cypress knees, carved to suggest animal heads, reptiles, and fantasy creatures. None of these details were replicated when the house was moved to Beverly Shores.
 
photo of bird house attached to top front of cabin designed to match the log cabin

Cypress Log Cabin, dovecoat, taken in 1994
by Jack Boucher, Photographer, Historic
American Buildings Survey, National Park Service.

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Did You Know?

Close-up of flames burning a prairie

Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.