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Downtown Square

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:

Downtown Crown Point Indiana Square 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.
Allman Block Building | Crown Point, Indiana 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.
Masonic Temple | Crown Point, Indiana At 213 South Main Street, the Masonic Temple has required little alteration since its construction in 1919.
Carnegie Center | Crown Point, Indiana 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.
Lake County Criminal Court Building | Crown Point, Indiana 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 | Crown Point, Indiana  

The Sheriff’s House (built in 1882) is currently being refurbished  through efforts of the Sheriff’s 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 in 1934.

An example of European Second Empire style, the Sheriff’s 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.

Peoples Bank | Crown Point, Indiana  

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.



Antique Mall | Crown Point, Indiana 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.


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