In 1906, the first cast-stone building, the Gary State Bank, was constructed on the corner of 5th Street and Broadway Avenue. In 1929 the building was demolished and replaced by the current Gary State Bank building. The architectural firm that originally designed the Gary State Bank Building was the Ivar Viehe Naess & Company of Chicago. A towering Corinthian colonnade and a grand arched entry welcome patrons inside. Under the leadership of Wilbert W. Gasser, the bank was the only financial institution in the City to not collapse during the Great Depression. How did the bank survive? The Gary State Bank's largest client was U.S. Steel, which issued payroll checks through the bank. Today, the Gary State Bank building is still in use with very few tenants.

Gary City Center Historic District is a national historic district located at Gary, Indiana. The area encompasses 60 contributing buildings and two contributing sites in Downtown Gary. It developed between about 1906 and 1944 includes notable examples of Tudor RevivalLate Gothic Revival, and Classical Revival style architecture. Notable buildings include the City Hall and Superior Courthouse (1927), the second Gary Land Company Building (c. 1907), Olympic Hotel (c. 1928), the "Modern Apartments" (c. 1929), Dalton Apartments (c. 1929), Gary State Bank Building (1929), Hotel Gary (1926), City Methodist Church (1926), YWCA Building (1922), and former U.S. Post Office Building (1936). It's listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. (Scooped this info from Wikipedia)

504 Broadway Avenue, 6th Floor, Gary, Indiana 46402

"National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Gary City Center Historic District"


To support creative and entrepreneurial-based practices working locally, making transformational impacts in downtown Gary, Indiana. In creating meaningful connections between architecture, public space, and various publics, a 10,000 square foot hybrid creative and innovation hub in the historic Gary State Bank building aims to stimulate community involvement, economic revitalization, and catalyze regional artistic and cultural connections.  The Sixth Floor Project will connect people and spaces. We do this by activating vacant space with the goals of maximizing social interaction, creating new identities, or strengthening existing ones.


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