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Chesterton in Porter County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Brown Mansion

1885

 
 
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By Lugnuts, June 25, 2020
1. The Brown Mansion Marker
Inscription.  
The Brown Mansion is an example of the Queen Anne style of domestic architecture that flourished in England and American during the late 1800s.

An Englishman by birth, George Brown immigrated to New York in 1852 at the age 25. Attracted by the offerings of the "New West", Brown first came to LaPorte and later settled in Jackson Township. He married a local girl., Charity A. Carter, in 1855 and the couple reared 10 children. A prosperous landowner, Brown raised grain and livestock and was a major supplier of cordwood for the Porter brickyards. In 1883, he purchased this site, a farm adjoining Chesterton, to build his retirement home.

Designed by Chicago architect Cicero Hine, much of the work was completed on this two-and-a-half story showplace by local craftsmen Nathan DeMass, woodworker; Swan Nilson, painter and frescoer; Chris Lembke, plasterer, and Henry Lembster, brickmason. Most of the lumber used on the home came from Jackson Township and the bricks were supplied by the Porter brickyards.

Completed in 1885, the Brown Mansion featured ornate imported doorknobs and hinges, hand-carved fireplaces, an oak
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By Lugnuts, June 25, 2020
2. The Brown Mansion
The east face of the Brown Mansion. If you look closely, you can see the marker mounted on the wall, just above the veranda.
stair rail, frescoed ceilings, lavish papered walls, stained and beveled glass windows, and exquisite furnishings. Scrollwork porches, balconies and gingerbread trim complemented the home's exterior. A windmill and carriage house stood north of the home.

Since 1963, this house has served as the Administration Center for the Duneland School Corporation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 41° 36.416′ N, 87° 3.677′ W. Marker is in Chesterton, Indiana, in Porter County. Marker is on West Porter Avenue 0.1 miles west of South 6th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 W Porter Ave, Chesterton IN 46304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lustron Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Iron Brigade (approx. 2 miles away); Dunes Hi-Way (approx. 2˝ miles away); Cowles Bog (approx. 3˝ miles away); The J.D. Marshall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Le Petit Fort (approx. 3.7 miles away); "Squall Causes Lake Disaster" (approx. 3.8 miles away); Dune Creek Watershed: What Makes It Special? (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterton.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located on the side of the east face of the mansion, easily reached on the veranda.
 
Regarding The Brown Mansion. A brick, Queen Anne House built by George
The Brown Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, June 25, 2020
3. The Brown Mansion
Brown as his retirement home.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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