Historical Images of Porter County

"Pioneer Apartments"
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: Circa 1910
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Auburn Post Card Manufacturing Company
Postmark: March 9, 1913, Valparaiso, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Constructed with 34 units, the Pioneer Apartments were built by Perry L. Sisson in 1908 on the northeast corner of Chicago Street and Franklin Street. The structure was built using cement block that was prepared on site and not yet completely dry when laid as walls. As the "green block" would dry, it would better adhere to surrounding blocks and create a strong bond. The apartments boast of nine foot ceilings and oak trim and doors. Prior to the construction of the apartment building, the site was known as the Franklin Foundry and the Joe Marks Corner. Note that Perry L. Sisson served as mayor of Valparaiso from 1914-1922.

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