Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

920 East Shore Drive  

Section 22 - ? acres
    Nesswagh-ee Reservation

Section 22
    Section 22 Lot 1 - 37.70A; 40
    Section: 22 Lot 2 - 45.45A
    Section 22 Lot 3 - 32.00A
    Section 22 Lot 4 - 35.70A

1872 Plat Map Section 22 Lot 1 - 37.32 - G. Peeples
Lot 2 - 45.45A S & J. W Rector
Lot 3 32A - S. Rctor
S & J W Rector - 40A A Smith - 80A 3.90A - A W B
.97? - D J
159A - J. C. Miles a part in Sec. 23-
A Bartholomew 35.70A

1876 Plat Map Section 22
    J C Miles - 158A

1880 Plat Map Section 22 Platted cottage lots
G. Peeples 35.5A Rector & Thomas 85A & 32A H. B. Scott 34.50A


1898 - Bay View Club

1908 - E. B. Porters Subdivision - there are six lots

1922 - E. B. Porters Subdivision - there are six lots

Bayview Place

1927 - Crop from map of 1927 when they re-routed E. Shore Drive.

1927 Lot 1 (part) &2 Bayview Clnb

?- 1935 - Dec 11 - Walter and Rosalie Vonnegut to Oscar E. Bransley - Lot 2 Bay View Place Lakre Maxinkuckee W.D. $1.00

This property use to be the demostator house of steel or Zinc from the 1933 World's fair in Chicago; This web-site is the opening for the demonstrator homes of the fair: A Century of Progress Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition. The fair was held from May 27th to Nov. 1st; the purpose stated was:
    In 1933 and 1934 the Chicago's World's Fair, know as "A Century of Progress" was organized as a not-for-profit corporation in January of 1928. Its charter was to hold a World's Fair in Chicago in 1933.

    The "A Century of Progress Exposition" was conceived as a 100 year anniversary commemorating the city of Chicago and a testament to the industrial and scientific a chievements up to that time.

Here is the construction of a Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House. Of these homes Monic Brooks writes:
    I understand that at least one home, The Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel Garden Home, was sent to a suburb of Chicago. The baked enamel panels deteriorated, I could see them turning gray so itís possible thatís the one they were referring to but I canít be sure w/out a photo. It was torn down in 1992. There were two Stran-Steel homes. I believe one is still standing in Illinois.

Also as noted elsewhere the cement street lights that lined downtown Culver till the early 1970's and now some adorn the park was have come from the 1933 Chicago Worlds Fair.

I have also heard it be referred to as the "zinc house"; why I am not sure why unless because the color of it reminded on of zinc.

Found in an atricle in the Indianapolis Star article ' Lake Maxinkuckee and its Cottages, 1936" and also published in the Culver Citizen that year:
    The sensation of this summer, however, is the new "zinc" house which is being erected by Chicago residents. It is fireproof with concrete floors and steel window and door frames. The insulation has been ingeniously designed to keep the house delightfully cool in hot weather. It is of the new ultra-modern architecture and is equipped with many gadgets which would have made the old-timers open their eyes in amazement.

Does anyone have a picture of the "zinc house"?
1935-1953,Jun - 0scar. E. Bransky (Bronsky)
    April 1, 1936ó All-Steel Cottage Being Built on East Side of Lake

    An all-steel modernistic summer home is being built by 0. E. Bronsky on the east side of the Lake Maxinkukcee.

    The house will occupy the lots between the Perry and Perkins places.

    Mr. Bronsky is an offical of the Standard oil company at Chicago.

    This will be the first all-steel house built in this vicinity, and its novel construction will attract considerable interest

    1952 - Oct 8 - Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kitts and family of Chicago will occupy the Bransky cottage this winter.

1953-62 - - George Graffis
    1953, Jun 24 - New Maxinkucke Residents - ...Other newcomers to the lake are Mr. and Mrs. George Graffis of Logansport, who have purchased the Oscar E. Bransky cottage on the Wast Shore. 1958 Lake Directory - 920 George A. - 2509 E. Broadway, Logansport, Ind.

Late 1950's a view from the lake

I am told was refered to as the "Ugly House". Also have been told that John Barnes once owned this property - he is a descendant of the Barnes Family of the West shore.

1972 - Jul 1986 - - Jerome J. "Zeke" & Elizabeth "Betty" J (Craft) Zechiel

Jul. 1986 - 1994, Mar. - - Robert R. & Robin Lauth Jr.
    They tore the old cottage down and rebuilt it - also here is a large stone wall that David Burns dubbed for some unknown reason "the Great Wall of China"

Mar 1994 - 2013, Jan - - Robin S. Lauth Jr.

2013, Jan - 2020- Robert & Robin S Lauth Jr Residence Trust Agreeement


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