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Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve - Pavilion


178 E. Sidewalk Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 926-1842


The Pavilion, built in 1999 with the assistance of the local high school building trades class, consists of 22 Indiana limestone columns, two 100 square foot fireplaces and a roof structure of sustainably harvested, second growth redwood. The 1920's architecture of the Pavilion, keeps with the period design of the adjacent Morgan's Corner neighborhood. The materials used in the Pavilion, as well as the other structures in the 157-acre preserve, were part of a well-thought out plan to create a sustainable neighborhood. Selecting materials that are hardy, as well as locally produced addresses both the environmental initiatives of Coffee Creek as well as the economic sustainability of the region. Redwood is deemed the hardiest of building woods, yet not available in the Midwest; therefore, designers opted to make their purchase from a managed redwood farm in Northern California. The purchase was the largest of its kind in the United States.