crowd_of_people In the early 1970s the new large campus-style complex two miles north of the square put the "Grand Old Lady" in jeopardy. Money had been put aside by the county for demolition and creation of a parking lot, an unfitting end to such a fine structure.

courthouse_paper Before the wrecking ball could claim yet another historic treasure, a group of concerned citizens formed a not-for-profit foundation to preserve the building. The newly formed foundation used the $70,000.00 in demolition funds as seed money to save, restore and use the building.

Dr. David R. Hermanson, professor of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University and noted authority on historical buildings in the State of Indiana, stated, "The Lake County Court House is without question one of the finest architectural expressions in Indiana. It is a major monument, and in my estimation, the most significant building in Lake County."

The Lake Court House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1973.

postcard_bw The Lake Court House Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, continues to maintain and restore the building. Through the Foundation's efforts and with the help of numerous people donating many work hours, the renewed Victorian, Romanesque and Georgian-styled edifice now attracts visitors from all over the country.

courthouse_old The building has commercial shops on the lower level. The Maki Ballroom, Lake County Historical Museum, and offices are located on the second floor.

Since 1976 several million dollars have been raised by individual contributions, dues, and grants. All monies have been used for renovations. Although much work has been done, additional funds are necessary to complete structural stabilization, waterproofing, and interior finishes.

We hope that you will consider making a contribution, becoming a member of the Foundation, or both. Please contact us at (219) 663-0660 for additional information. We welcome your personal visit.