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Dunes Action: Pavilion plans would 'devastate' its historic character

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The classic art deco Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park would be permanently defaced if a huge glass-walled bar on the roof and two balconies on the lake side were added to the 90-year old landmark, according to Dunes Action co-founder Jim Sweeney.

“Park users have been waiting decades for the Pavilion to be restored but the current plans would destroy its appearance if the rooftop bar and the balconies are added,” Sweeney said in a statement released this week.

Dunes Action’s position: the Department of Natural Resources is supposed to use the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to guide restoration. Those standards include the following, Dunes Action said: “a property used for its historic purpose should require minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building”; and “the historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved.”

“These standards are not being followed,” Sweeney said. “The 14-foot glass-walls of the bar on the roof and the new balconies will devastate its historic character.”

The current proposal already features bars on the first and second floors, Sweeney noted.

“DNR Director Cameron Clark has declined to meet with us to discuss the plans and apparently refuses to allow Indiana’s Historic Preservation Review Board to consider the project for a Certificate of Approval as required by state law,” Sweeney added.

Dunes Action is asking the public to contact the Governor’s Office and their state representatives to tell them “no glass-walled bar on the roof” and “no added balconies.”

Contact Gov. Holcomb at (317) 232-4567 or

Find state legislators at

“At this time, only the public can save the Pavilion from the desecration that is planned, and that will happen soon if no action is taken,” Sweeney said.

Information on these and related issues can be found at:


Posted 11/6/2019









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