Miller Historic Places
Miller has two buildings on the
National Register of Historic Places, Miller Town Hall and the Gary Bathing
Beach Bathhouse, known now as the "Aquatorium".
Miller Town Hall
By 1910 the small village of Miller was feeling the threat of annexation by the
new town of Gary. Perhaps as a show of independence, the town board voted 58 to
0 in the summer of 1910 to build a town hall. The plans were quickly drawn up by
J.J. Ver Plank, a Gary architect, approved by the board in September and the building
was completed in April of 1911. Miller was eventually annexed by Gary in 1918 and
in 1920 the building was converted to a firehouse with the addition of the hose
tower and a kitchen. It remained a fire station until 1975 when it was converted
to a civic center. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places
The Bathhouse in it's hay-day, about 1925.
Gary Bathing Beach Bathhouse
Soon after the city of Gary was founded in 1906 the new residents of that steel
town discovered the beach as a retreat from the sweltering heat of the summer. In
1919, after the December, 1918 annexation of Miller, the US Steel "bought"
120 acres of land along the beach and gave it to the city of Gary to be used as
The Bathhouse was the first to be constructed in "Lake Front Park",
as it was known then. Designed by Geo.W. Maher, and an excellent example of the
early use of pre-cast concrete building products, the Aquatorium, as it is known
today, is undergoing major renovation and restoration as a museum. More about the
Aquatorium Society's efforts for restoration
or Geo.W. Maher can be found on related pages.
The National Register of Historic
Places has, evidently, two websites of interest:
Anyone interested in Gary Architecture should go to Christopher Meyer's site,