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Historic Structures of

Hammond, Indiana

Downtown Hammond

Neighboring Chicago at the Indiana state line, the city of Hammond (pop: 84,236) was incorporated in 1884 and was named after the owner of a large slaughterhouse, the first industry to locate in the area.

Hammond is the first of Lake County's industrial cities, dating back to 1869 when George Hammond began packing beef in ice-filled railroad cars for shipment to the East, ending forever the shipping of live cattle by rail.

Hammond is the home of the first professional football team in the USA, and is the birthplace of local jeweler Alvah Roebuck who sold watches on trains, and who one day met a man named Sears.

Hammond is home today to Purdue University Calumet. It boasts 950 acres of city parks, a marina on its lakefront, 129-acre Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, and an annual cultural festival which has drawn as many as 100,000 visitors. Many events take place at the Hammond Civic Center, which seats nearly 5,000. Here also is the home of much 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

The city remains an industrial center and thriving community in Northwest Indiana. Today it produces soap, processed food, steel, railroad equipment, chemicals, and printed materials.

Hammond is fortunate to have a very large and extensive historic district.

The handsome Northern States Life Insurance Company building on Hohman Ave (Neoclassical, 1926), is now the Montessori's Children's Academy, a fine example of re-use of historic architecture. (Architect: Childs & Smith).

Some distance away, on Sibley Ave. in the downtown district of Hammond is the All Saints Catholic School, a distinguished Romanesque Revival building (1908).

The All Saints Rectory (1905) is another striking example of Romanesque Revival architecture. The porch is made of stone masonry, along with the ornamental grillwork. All windows, as well as the bottom of the roof, are also framed with stone masonry. There is even an upper-level porch.

Rounding out the Romanesque Revival trio is the beautiful All Saints Catholic Church (1929).

Take a tour of downtown Hammond's State Street

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