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Property Name Hobart Commercial District
Reference Number 14001037
State Indiana
County Lake
Town Hobart
Street Address Roughly bounded by Lake George, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, Center and Second Streets
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/16/2014
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Downtown Hobart was and is the financial, commercial and civic core of the surrounding township. Serving as an early commercial crossroads and rail stop, Hobart's downtown is among the oldest surviving commercial centers in Lake County. The district meets Criterion A for its local role in the evolution of commerce in Hobart Township and Lake County. The commercial district was always the location of Hobart's civic buildings. While the present City Hall is several years too young to be a contributing building to the district, the WPA-funded Hobart U.S. Post Office, 1937, still serves the community. Its singular role as a governmental services building in Hobart augments the district's significance under Criterion A. Under Criterion C, the district includes a spectrum of commercial building types and styles that reveal the long-term role of the commercial center. Early parapet-front types, brick ltalianate blocks, 1930s-era simple brick shops, and ornate Neo-Classical, stone-veneered bank buildings are just a few indicators of the variety of the district.

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