We are very excited that long-time Marktown resident and founder of Marktown.org, Paul Myers, will lead the tour along with assistance from architect, Nate Lielasus of the community of Marktown, a former industrial town designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1917 to house workers of the Indiana Harbor Works of the Mark Manufacturing Company. Marktown represents a rare example of town planning by Shaw. The tour will focus on the history of the community; the original, only partially realized master plan; building typologies; and repeated design elements throughout the community. With several of Marktown's buildings already demolished, and the increasing threat of demolition of additional structures by the BP Whiting Refinery, this is a valuable opportunity to see one of Shaw's most significant late-career projects.
Meeting place: 405 Prospect Street, East Chicago, Indiana
Street parking is available. There are spots along the park at Park and Grove streets a short walk away. Paul will post signs directing people to the start of the tour.
Map of the tour route
An email will be sent to registrants with details on directions and possible car pooling option prior to the event.
There will be a light wine and cheese reception at 405 Prospect after the tour.