Ten years after incorporation, the city began construction on the Lake County Courthouse. Using Victorian, Georgian and Romanesque styles, the “gingerbread” courthouse is a symbol of the city, visible for miles. The north and south wings were added in 1907-08. Government facilities moved to a new complex in 1970 and the courthouse was place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It remains one of the most distinctive courthouses in the state and a popular place for weddings and other social functions.
The district includes all of the downtown "Square" and most of Court St. to the south. Some locals scoffed at the idea of the area being preserved as an historic district, but that designation means tax breaks for owners when they fix up their properity. Ought to go a long way in keeping the area looking nice (did this occur to the naysayers...) We used to drive by her on the way to church on Sundays. My sister and I tried to guess which one of these old houses was haunted.
Built in 1926, the Lake County Criminal Court building today exemplifies good use of an old building. Empty for some years this structure now houses offices, a pizza joint, a decent bar and a rentable hall for social occasions.
Built in 1882, this pretty Second-Empire structure served as home to Crown Point's sheriff for 76 years. The back section of the house was the Lake County Jail. This is where John Dillinger made his great escape on March 2, 1934. Currently under renovation although the CP COC website says tours are offered. Might have to take them up on that on day. Some of our more ignorant citizens have called it an eye sore and would rather see it torn down. Idiots.
Pick a nice day. This was a nice sunny day, only it was about 10 degree F (about -15 c) outside. But going from store to store was a way to keep warm.