Logs to Lustrons Tour 2018

Date & Time
05/05/2018 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Fee Information
Yes. Advance Registration Required
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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 Meyer 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).

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.

Your tour will depart via shuttle from Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304, where you will find parking (no on-site parking is available or allowed at the tour sites). Food trucks will be at the Visitors Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking area adjacent to the Chellberg farm and Charles Nelson site.

We recommend close-toed shoes and dressing for the weather of the day. Tours will run rain or shine and no refunds will be offered in the case of rain or inclement weather. A safety plan is in place in the case of dangerous weather during the event.

The tour includes walking and stairs to sites and inside structures. (Not all sites are accessible.)

Tickets: Tickets are $30 per person, $25 per Indiana Landmarks member, and may be purchased by calling 800-450-4534 or through Eventbrite: https://logstolustronstour18.eventbrite.com You must make your tour reservation by noon on May 3.

Want to make a weekend of it? Attend our Logs to Lustrons Talk the previous evening (separate ticket required): https://logstolustronstalk18.eventbrite.com

Suggestions for overnight accommodations available here: http://www.indianadunes.com/maps-and-travel-tools/

Starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center | Map

8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Fee Information:
Yes. Advance Registration Required

Contact Name:
Ryan Koepke

Contact Email:
e-mail us

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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