City Orientation Walk, Gary (Self Guided)

Gary, a quiet city on the shore of Lake Michigan in Indiana, today is famous primarily as the birthplace of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and the hometown of The Jackson 5 band. Throughout its century-long history, Gary, founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation, has accumulated a number of notable sights. Take this orientation walk to see some of the most prominent attractions of the city.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Gary (See other walking tours in Gary)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: alice
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City Hall

1) City Hall

Gary's City Hall is a beautiful structure made in a neoclassical style located on Broadway in the downtown area. The building has four levels and a fascinating dome on top of it. In front of the building is located a statue of Elbert H. Gary, the chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and founder of the city. The statue was made in bronze by sculptor Bryant Baker.
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Superior Court

2) Superior Court

Lake County Superior Court is another important landmark in Gary. It is located on West 4th Avenue next to the Gary City Hall. It is also built in a neoclassical style, and as well as the City Hall structure, has four levels and a dome on top.
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Knights Of Columbus Building

3) Knights Of Columbus Building

The Knights Of Columbus building is a beautiful structure made of brick and limestone that is a local landmark. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1925 by Porter McNally originally as a commercial building. Later, it was renovated into an apartment building. The structure is made in a Renaissance revival style.
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Genesis Convention Center

4) Genesis Convention Center

Genesis Convention Center is located in Gary’s downtown. It is a large space for social events and can accommodate up to 7000 people. Many important social and entertainment events were held here, like the Miss USA Pageant event. It is also home to the Gary Splash, of the International Basketball League. In front of the Genesis Convention Center is located a very beautiful sculpture called “The Fusion.” It was created by Omri Amrany in 2006.
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City Methodist Church

5) City Methodist Church

City Methodist Church was built in 1926 in an English Gothic style. The costs of its building were supported by the United States Steel Corp. It served as a church until 1997, when the structure was sold to Indiana University. It was a tall and large building that held the church, classrooms, meeting rooms and other spaces. Though the church is in ruins now, it is still a magnificent sight. The church was used as a set in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie.
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Genesis Towers (formerly Hotel Gary)

6) Genesis Towers (formerly Hotel Gary)

Genesis Towers (formerly Hotel Gary) is another landmark of Gary located downtown. It was originally built as a hotel in 1926. The structure was originally designed to have a middle tower, but it was never finished. The building was designed by Charles Wheeler Nicol, a famous architect from Lafayette.
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First United Presbyterian Church

7) First United Presbyterian Church

First United Presbyterian Church is a beautiful structure and a local landmark built in a Romanesque Revival style. The original structure of the church was built in 1913, but later in 1947 it was destroyed partially due to a fire. It was renovated afterward and again in 2000 and 2001.
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Holy Angels Cathedral

8) Holy Angels Cathedral

Holy Angels Cathedral houses the Catholic Diocese of Gary which was established in 1906. The present structure was built in 1950 in a beautiful Gothic Revival style. It is an amazing religious sight and a local landmark worth seeing.
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Frank Lloyd Wright House

9) Frank Lloyd Wright House

Frank Lloyd Wright House is one of the two houses designed by famous architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright located in Gary. This structure was built by and for Moe who owned a construction company. The building was a residential one, with two levels and an original exterior and interior design.
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Former Palace Theater

10) Former Palace Theater

The Palace Theater was built by Maximillian Dubois' construction company "Max and Sons" in years 1924-1925. The theater was featuring live stage shows, vaudeville acts, and motion pictures. From the time it opened, the theater was one of the grandest venues in the town, but when the US Steel plant in Gary went into decline, so did the rest of the town, including the historic theater. The theater slid into decline, and eventually shut down entirely in 1972.

The abandoned theater has since come to be a common symbol of urban decay, and is a frequent subject of photography and urban exploration. When the Miss USA pageant was held in Gary in 2002, Donald Trump renovated the front of the theater. Sheets of plywood covering the windows were painted to depict a false interior, and an external marquee was mounted, declaring "Jackson Five Tonite". Since then the facade mostly didn't change.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Gary for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Gary has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Gary, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.