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Logs to Lustrons @indianalandmark Tour in Porter County, May 13-14, 2017

March 22, 2017 1 comment
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The Gust Lindstrom site, one of the stops on the Logs to Lustrons tour.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

Logs to Lustrons Tour showcases Dunes landmarks;
May 13-14 tour showcases over a century of architecture.

Whether you’re captivated by rustic log cabins, love Victorian-era houses, or you’re mad for Mid-Century Modern, the Logs to Lustrons Tour in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will satisfy your interest. The tour, first offered last year, expands to two days in 2017: May 13 and 14, 2017.

The Logs to Lustrons Tour sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service features a dozen landmarks spanning over a century of architecture, including restored residences not normally open to the public and vacant landmarks in need of a new use. Eight interiors will be open for the tour.

For those who want a deeper immersion in the subject, the sponsors offer an illustrated talk, “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” on the evening of May 12 preceding the tour. Speakers include: Todd Zeiger, Director, Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office; Judith Collins, Historical Architect, and Cliff Goins, Special Events Manager, both of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The May 13-14 tour includes the Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1822, when fur trapper Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein established a trading post. The site includes a collection of 19th century log and brick structures built by Bailly and his descendants.

Tour-goers will visit two Swedish landmarks, the Gust Lindstrom Site–restored and repurposed as an environmental education preschool—and the restored Oscar and Irene Nelson Site. Moving forward several decades, two Lustrons—prefabricated enameled steel houses—represent an enterprising response to solving the post-World War II housing crisis.

The tour also includes the House of Tomorrow, displayed at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair and brought by barge to the Indiana Dunes after the fair. Declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the endangered house will soon be restored by Indiana Landmarks. Architect-designed mid-century houses are also featured on the tour.

The timed-entry tour is $30 per person ($25 for Indiana Landmarks members) and includes shuttle transportation. Reservations may be made at logstolustronstour17.eventbrite.com or by calling 800-450-4534.

The talk, “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy,” takes place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront Pavilion, 1000 Riverwalk Drive, Portage, beginning at 7 p.m. CT, with a reception and light refreshments. The talk runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by more refreshments and Q&A session that concludes at 9 p.m. Tickets for the talk are $35 per person ($30 for Indiana Landmarks members), which includes admission to the tour on Saturday, May 13, or Sunday, May 14.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1966, after which the National Park Service acquired the historic structures within the park boundaries, including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress homes, the Swedish landmarks, and others. Indiana Landmarks is working with the National Park Service to determine a long-term solution for four of the tour’s historic structures.

To save the five Century of Progress houses and several other places on the tour, Indiana Landmarks leased the structures from the National Park Service and subleased them to people who have rehabilitated them.

WHAT:
Logs to Lustrons Tour, showcases 12 sites spanning over a century of architecture in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

WHEN:
May 13-24, 2017 with tours leaving every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Central Time. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Visitors take the tour at their own pace, visiting or skipping sites as they choose. The “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” talk takes place on the evening of May 12.

WHERE:
Tour shuttles depart from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 in Porter. No parking is available at the tour sites. All guests must use the shuttles from the Visitor Center.

WHO:
Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service

COST:
$30 per person ($25 for Indiana Landmarks members). Timed-entry tickets are available online at logstolustronstour17.eventbrite.com or by calling 800-450-4534.
Buy a ticket to the “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” talk on May 12 at $35 per person ($30 per Indiana Landmarks member) and get a ticket to the tour on May 13 or 14.

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Indy Smart House Open House, Mar. 19 and 26, 2017

March 13, 2017 1 comment
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Artist’s rendition of an Indy Smart House.
Image provided by the developers and used with permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The last time I saw John Karamanski he was shooting video footage of food presentations for Paul Poteet‘s Gotta Eat. What was that, about 2011 or 2012? Many of my social media friends will recognize his name immediately from Blog Indiana, Mixwest, et al.

A lot of water has obviously passed under the bridge since then, so it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise to get an invitation from John to visit his new Indy Smart House, the first of its kind in the city.

Indy Smart House is an intriguing property that weds smart design with smart technology to produce an open-concept house that greatly optimizes the use and utilization of its space. Here you have a dwelling with 3,000 square feet of living space on a lot no bigger than 40×90.

It’s readily apparent that a lot of thought and preparation went into the design and execution of this building project. And it’s just the first of about ten such houses to come in the Indianapolis area in the next year or so.

“The use of space is about: How do we use it? Who do we use it with? How long do we use it? What do we do next? How many purposes can a space define? What new possibilities are available?” said Karamanski.

“The Indy Smart House is purposefully designed to enhance and encourage the free flowing functions of your space.”

This inaugural smart house, located at 1964 North Park Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, is right across the street from MLK Park and the Peace Memorial on the corner of 20th Street and Park Avenue in a quiet, residential area that showcases the neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. Here’s a photo:

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It features four bedrooms (the master has a 16-foot ceiling and an optional balcony outside the window!), three or possibly four full baths, a huge balcony deck accessible only from inside the house, a two-car garage with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of storage room, a terrace patio in between the kitchen and the garage, and can this be right–two laundry rooms?

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It even has a full basement (that’s where you’ll find the 4th bedroom) with a huge space that just cries out for the ultimate man cave!

When it comes to technology, many areas of functionality can be controlled from at home and remotely from your phone: security cameras, door locks, climate control, lighting and power, audio, and more.

I can visualize a hot tub, BBQ grill, deck furniture, and any number of other outdoor accessories on that big balcony deck, and it has great views of the city park and the Indianapolis skyline. Want to invite your friends over for the evening? According to Karamanski, the balcony deck is strong enough to support up to 200 visitors!

This house is ideal for millennials with a growing family, in my opinion. Here’s a photo on today’s snowy Monday afternoon:

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And one of the features that most impressed me was the unique design of a stair-step entrance into the 4th bedroom through the window (!). The window can be opened to gain carry-in access to bring large items into the house.

This particular house has already been sold and will be turned over to its occupants at the end of March. But you can still take an Open House tour of this property for the next two Sundays, March 19 and 26, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm each Sunday. See http://aroundindy.com/openhouses.php.

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A duplicate of this smart house is also planned for the vacant lot directly across the street on the northwest corner of 20th and Park, and other locations are forthcoming.

All-in-all, I was impressed. And just to be clear, there is no conflict of interest here. John and I are social media friends and he wanted to show me his project. Simple as that. No money changed hands, I didn’t receive any goods or services in exchange for this blog post, and no quid pro quo exists. He didn’t buy me lunch or pay for my gas or anything. I simply went and took a tour of the house, same as you can.

If you’re in the market for a new home, I recommend a visit to this property this Sunday or next. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am. It’s a very cool concept!

For more information, visit http://indysmarthouse.com/, call 317-590-3367, or visit https://facebook.com/indysmarthouse.

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IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Jan. 6, 2017

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Art Bank Gallery on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Joy Hernandez
On behalf of IDADA

Please see below for the Jan. 6, 2017 IDADA First Friday Gallery Openings and a link to some of the artist’s images. Please share, and thank you for supporting local art in Indianapolis!

GALLERIES
Art Bank 317.624.1010

811 Mass. Ave. artbankgallery.com

Our featured artist is Anna Simon. Anna will have an expanded display of her whimsical, colorful paintings through the month of January. View Anna’s work and the works of the many artists throughout Art Bank. Winter hours Wed–Sat 11am–7pm and Sun 12–4pm. Open late for IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour.

ARTMIX: Art Redefining Disability 317.974.4123

1505 N. Delaware St. artmixindiana.org

Soup & A Good Book…Visit the ArtMix gallery and enjoy some warm soup and browse an exhibit of handmade books. Also this month, we’re cleaning out our bookshelves—used books in art, education and disability studies all under $5.00! Free bookmaking project in our studios from 7–8:30pm.

Gallery 924 317.631.3301

924 N. Pennsylvania St. indyarts.org/gallery924

During the January 6th IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Gallery 924 will host a closing reception for TINY V: A Really Big Show. At the closing reception, you will be able to purchase artwork and take it right off the wall! Patrons who have already bought TINY artwork are also welcome to pick up their purchases during this event. AND, as a way to celebrate the kickoff of the Year of Vonnegut with our friends at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, we’ll also be hosting three pieces of original artwork by Kurt himself. Stop by and learn more about the year-long, city-wide celebration and how you can be involved.

iMOCA at City Way Gallery 317.457.5445

Inside the Alexander Hotel• 216 South St. indymoca.org

On Sunday, January 8th, iMOCA will open an exhibition of Sarah Hobbs’ photographs of installations which she builds to represent living spaces that involve the human psyche, such as “Prom Forever”, a room with walls clad in gold metallic sheets grounded by the iconic refreshment table typically found at high school proms. The exhibit is at the iMOCA City-Way Gallery through June 24, 2017.

SATCH LOST & FOUND Art GallerY 317.691.3661

1125 E Brookside Ave, 2nd floor, Schwitzer Gallery satch@indy.net

Closed for January 6th First Friday. In 2017 the gallery is moving downstairs to a much larger space on the main floor at Circle City Industrial Complex. Happy New Year!

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 317.512.1954

646 Massachusetts Avenue info@vonnegutlibrary.org

Join us for our Year of Vonnegut Kick-Off Party at our new location, 646 Mass Ave. Stop by for a building tour. See what it looks like now and learn about our construction plans and Grand Opening April 8th. Students from Herron High School will provide musical entertainment and share thoughts on their “Celebrating Leaders of Common Decency” art exhibit.

ARTIST STUDIOS

Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)

1125 E Brookside Ave

Studio C7A: Darkroom Revelations. 317-727-0698.
Come celebrate the New Year! This month’s photography display features:
• Gayle Moore’s ethereal botanical silver gelatin prints

• Quaint Monhegan Island through the artistic eyes of Nancy Frass

• Tom Potter’s vision of the feminine mystique.

Studio C203: Katrina J. Murray Studio. 317-440-2660. Katrina will be showing works on paper. Shredded or cut magazine pages create an interesting play on
pattern and color.

Harrison Center for the Arts 317.396.3886

1505 N. Delaware St. Pam@harrisoncenter.org

Tuning Inception Artist Reception, Friday, January 6, 2017, 6–9pm

Harrison Gallery: Tuning Inception group show

Speck Gallery: Kyle Ragsdale Retrospective

City Gallery: Indy Cartography, Kate Oberreich

Hank & Dolly’s Gallery: TBD

Gallery Annex: Seer/Sign Painter, James Shuck

The work hangs through January 27.

ALTERNATIVE SPACES

Tube Factory Artspace 317.450.6630

1125 Cruft Street bigcar.org

Friday, January 6, 2017, 6–10pm

At Tube: Mari Evans: Carl Pope and Jeff Beaver’s What is this?

At Artist’s Residencey House: Marilyn Gatin’s Hands On Indiana Closing Reception

At Listen Hear: Grant Lewandowski Zine Release and Photo Show “Down On My Knees I Pray”and Jessica Kartawich’s “Dear Somebody”, 6–9pm

“Nights Before Christmas” Tour of Homes in Madison, Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-5

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment
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Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
Madison Visitors Center

The 2015 Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes features six private homes, the Madison Presbyterian Church (celebrating 200 years), three historic sites and the History Center Museum.

There are three Hospitality Sites, where tour goers can stop in for a free refreshment and restrooms. Dates for this year’s tour are November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. Hours for the tour are Fridays 5-9 and Saturdays 3-9.

Tickets are on sale now at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana and online at www.nightsbeforechristmas.com. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, through Nov. 13 and $15 after. Children’s tickets are $5 for children ages 5-15.

This year’s tour features four homes, never before seen, on any previous home tour:

The Lamson-Albers Home has undergone a complete makeover in the six months since it was purchased.

Once the residence of a local silversmith and watchmaker, The John Boyd Home served as a boarding house in the 1930s and 1940s and was known as the Danner House.

The Patton and Long Homes, located side by side, are believed to be from the same era. Both homeowners have done extensive work to make them the charming cottages you see today. They have successfully blended the old with the new and created a haven anyone would love to call home.

The Garber-Courtney Home, previously featured on the 2007 Christmas tour, has undergone extensive changes since last seen.

The Schroeder Home, originally featured on the 2000 Tri Kappa Tour of Homes, was damaged by a fire in recent years, but has been restored to its original charm.

All of the private homes on this year’s tour are located on Main St., with all but one, on the West end of town.

As always, Madison’s “crown jewel,” the Lanier Mansion, will be featured as well as the Schofield House and the Jefferson County Historical Society’s History Center, which will display gingerbread houses made by area children.

This year, Historic Madison, Inc. will showcase the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, a first for the Christmas tour. Hospitality sites include the Little Golden Fox, Galena Garlic Co., and the Seifert Short Folk Art and Doll Museum.

Another popular feature of the tour is the Great Cookie Caper! This event is held at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana. It features a wide selection of homemade cookies and sweet treats. Cookies and treats may be purchased by the box for $6 or $12 or 3 cookies for $1.

This will be the 5th year for the Cookie Caper and each year the Christmas tour donates all proceeds to a local charitable organization. This year’s sales will benefit Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.

Since its inception, the Cookie Caper in conjunction with “Nights” has raised nearly $7,000.00. Past beneficiaries include Lide White Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

The hours for the Cookie Caper are 4-8pm on both Fridays and 2-8pm (while supplies last) on both Saturdays of the tour.

Indiana Landmarks Home Tour in Muncie, May 30, 2015

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Indiana Landmarks Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

Indiana Landmarks’ annual “Back to the Future: A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour” on May 30, 2015, will feature five standout homes on the north and west sides of Muncie, Indiana.

The homes, which were built between 1948 and 1972, exhibit classic mid-century features including open floor plans, expansive use of glass, natural materials, and integration with surrounding landscapes.

One of the five—the Graham House on Briar Avenue—remains in the original family, now owned by the son and daughter-in-law of the architect who built it for his family in 1948.

A 1972 house on the tour was designed for his family by Charles Sappenfield, the first and long-time dean of the Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Mid-century homes opening for the May 30 Back to the Future tour include:
• Benham House (1950) owned by Steve Austin, 204 North Winthrop Road
• Sursa House (1963) owned by Sandra and Eric Damian Kelly, 3410 West University Avenue
• Graham House (1948), owned by Greg and Linda Graham, 1104 North Briar Avenue
• Sappenfield House (1972), owned by Melanie Schreiner, 2322 West Berwyn Road
• Fisk House (1972), owned by James and Nancy Morris, 2307 West Norwood Drive

In the driveway of each house, an automobile of a similar vintage will be displayed by Indiana Automotive, another affinity group of Indiana Landmarks. The cars range from a 1948 Lincoln Continental to a 1973 Ford Mustang.

The home tour runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour.

Indiana Landmarks and its Indiana Modern affinity group, sponsors of the tour and lecture, work to protect Modernist buildings and foster appreciation for the landmarks of the era. Back to the Future tour is staged with support from Chilluffo Media and AXIS Architecture + Interiors, both of Indianapolis, and INGUARD, Muncie.

WHAT:
Back to the Future: A Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

WHEN:
Saturday, May 30, 1-6 p.m.

WHERE:
Five houses in Muncie. Day of tour ticket sales and shuttle service originates at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 West Riverside Ave.

COST:
$15 per person in advance. Buy tickets in advance at Indiana Landmarks Center and Form+Function in Indianapolis or online atbttfhometour15.eventbrite.com.

$20 per person on May 30, 1-6 pm at tour headquarters, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 West Riverside Ave., in Muncie, and at each tour home.

WHO:
Presented by Indiana Landmarks and its Indiana Modern affinity group.

For more information, call Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or visithttp://indianalandmarks.org/.