This page offers a quick
glimpse of the impressive buildings and storefronts of downtown Crown Point. The
town square is an ideal location for antique shopping, grabbing a bite to eat at the hot
dog stand, or just lounging on a park bench on a sunny day.
Here begins a visual tour of downtown Crown Point, Indiana:
||Those who have strolled the
sidewalks of downtown Crown Point can attest that such a venture typically results in a
small town reminiscence. Crown Point takes pride in its impressive historic storefronts
which line the streets of the town square. A walk through the doors of these stately
structures easily conjures up images of an attractive by-gone age.
||The Allman Block Building
(1891), on the corner of Clark and Main Streets, stands as one of the more prominent and
ornate of the structures on the town square.
||At 213 South Main Street, the
Masonic Temple has required little alteration since its construction in 1919.
||The Carnegie Center, originally
the Crown Point Library, was established with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. Now a
meeting hall for a fraternal organization, this brick structure is located at 223 South
Main Street, just south of the town square.
||Showcasing an interior well
worth a visit, the Lake County Criminal Court Building occupies a pub featuring John
Dillinger memorabilia. Also inside is a grand ballroom, once the large courtroom
which features a grand-scale antique mural.
Sheriffs House (built in 1882) is currently being refurbished through efforts
of the Sheriffs House Foundation. The front portion of the building was home to
sheriffs for 76 continual years. The back portion of the building was the Lake County
Jail, the place where John Dillinger made his fantastic escape
An example of European Second Empire style, the Sheriffs House
is within easy walking distance of the town square (232 South Main Street). Tours
are available by contacting the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce.
The People's Bank building,
erected in 1910, now facilitates the Northern Indiana Arts Association. Standing at
the southeast corner of the square, the bank building exhibits a splendid limestone
exterior. As were many other banks, People's Bank was closed during the Depression.
||The Antique Mall, all three
stories, occupies the corner of West Joliet Street and Main Street. Part of the Antique
Mall was once Cheshire Hall. [See Antique Mall.]
Cheshire Hall, named after its builder W. W. Cheshire, was built in
1873 to host lectures, concerts, plays, and other events. Amongst its esteemed guest
speakers were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Still standing on the south
side of the town square, this structure is now a part of the Antique Mall.
|[See also County Courthouse.]
Swisher, Charles W. and Swisher, Mable Wise. Crown Point,
Indiana 1834-1984: The Hub City. L. E. Laney & son., Crown Point: 1984.
Thanks to Dick Oram for assistance with historical information.