The Old Jail and Sheriff's Residence

This Italianate-style building located at 153 Franklin served as a jail and sheriff’s residence from 1871 to 1974. It is now the Historical Society of Porter County museum. Fashionable in England and the U.S. in the 1840s and 1850s, the Italianate style is characterized by low-pitched, heavily-bracketed roofs, and round-arched windows.

The jailhouse portion of the building, built of rusticated stone, is almost castle-like. The design suggests security and great soundness. The great care that went into the design of this building is reflective of the sensitivity of the era in which it was built. Since this building had to house hardened criminals in the heart of the downtown area, it was designed to not only be as unobtrusive as possible but to actually be picturesque. And it succeeded grandly.

Phone: (219) 465-3595
Website: www.portercountymuseum.org

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153 Franklin St., Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: (219) 465-3595

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