Indiana city’s ornate ex-library to become luxury apartments

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MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana (AP) – A former ornate library in a northern Indiana city will be transformed into luxury apartments according to plans developed by a developer who has lined up an investor for the project.

Mike Conner, of @properties, said the project would revive the original Michigan City Library, a blue limestone building that opened in 1897 in the city’s downtown area. The iconic building was designed by Reed & Stern, the same architectural firm that designed New York’s Grand Central Station.

“For me there is no more beautiful property of architectural significance throughout Michigan City, ”Conner told the (Northwest Indiana) Times.

The building has a neoclassical facade, a grand staircase, a marble interior, a columned portico and a marble-clad fireplace. It also features 2 foot tall Tiffany style stained glass windows depicting Shakespeare characters Ophelia, Portia and Rosalind.

The library closed in 1977 and was replaced that year by the current city library, an architectural monument designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn.

The original library was sold to the Blank family in 1978 to keep the grand building with opulent rooms open as a public space.

It then became the Blank Center for the Arts, until the center closed in 2002 in the city along Lake Michigan about 80 kilometers east of Chicago.

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