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City Methodist Church | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

City Methodist Church

William Grant Seamon, City Methodist’s Founder Since Gary’s founding in 1906, there has always been a Methodist church within the city. In 1916, Dr. William Seaman became its pastor. He had a...

Gary United States Post Office | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

Gary United States Post Office

Gary United States Post Office The former Gary United States Post Office located downtown was constructed in 1936 as part of the New Deal, a series of programs, public works projects, financial...

H. Gordon and Sons Department Store | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

H. Gordon and Sons Department Store

Protective Order of Elks Lodge Building The former H. Gordon and Sons Department Store is an abandoned four-story brick building in downtown Gary, Indiana. The building was initially constructed for...

Mahencha Apartment Building

Mahencha Apartment Building

Mahencia/Mahencha Apartments In 1927, the Mahencha Building and Realty Company was established with a capital of $40,000 by Charles Henry and William J. Maloney, and Patrick J. Kilroy. The four-story...

Emerson High School | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

Emerson High School

Emerson High School Bearing the name of transcendentalist writer, lecturer, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson High School was Gary’s first high school and the first public school in the...

North Gleason Park Pavilion | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

North Gleason Park Pavilion

North Gleason Park North Gleason Park in Gary was first developed in 1920. Originally named Riverside Park, it was renamed after the U.S. Steel Superintendent and park board president William P...

Garnett Elementary School | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

Garnett Elementary School

Micheal Jackson’s Attendance at Garnett Elementary School Although small and modest, Garnett Elementary School is widely known as the elementary school Michael Jackson attended, although he was...

Horace Mann High School | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

Horace Mann High School

Horace Mann High School Following the success of Gary School Superintendent William Wirt’s Gary Plan at Emerson High School, Wirt drew up plans to establish four schools over the next two...

Lovell's Barber College | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

Lovell’s Barber College

Lovell Amison, Founder of Lovell’s Barber College Lovell’s Barber College was started by Lovell Amison, who was born in 1912 to Pearlene and Willie Amison in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He came...

Palace Theater | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

The Palace Theater

John Adolph Emil Emerson, Architect The Palace Theater in Gary, Indiana, is an abandoned theater designed by renowned architect John Emerson and built in 1925 by the Max and Sons construction firm...

Gary-Alerding Settlement House | Photo © 2020 David Bulit

The Gary-Alerding Settlement House

The Great Steel Strike of 1919 The inception of the Gary-Alerding Settlement House dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when many workers, including those in the steel...

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