Culver Inn to be demolished
1991 - January 23 – It was revealed that theCulver Inn would be demolished sometime in
Here are the last pictures of the Culver Inn just before demolition occurred.
Here are two articles on the demolition of the Inn. - The Plymouth Pilot - date unknown -
Culver Inn, Opened in 1875
||Under the picture was:
When snow-covered ice on Lake Maxinkuckee is replaced by motorboats and swimmers
this summer, a famous lakeshore landmark will be absent. The Culver Inn has lost money for
the last nine years, according to Culver Academies President Ralph Manuel. "That's too much
money to lose when you're running a school', he explained.
faces demolition this spring
by David Horn
P-N- Business Editor
Culver - The venerable Culver Inn will be razed this spring, according to Culver Academies
President Ralph Manuel. Final pearl in a string of six vanished hotelries that once jeweled
Lake Maxinkuckee, the business was been losing money for nine consecutive years, creating
more debts that the school should carry, Manuel said.
Like the Chadwick on the west shore, the Bide-A-Way on the east. The Osborn Hotel in
downtown Culver . The Lake view on the bluff along Indian Trail and the Jungle. The Culver
Inn will soon be reduced to rubble, but memories of elegant parlors, candlelit suppers and
rocking chairs on a porch overlooking Indiana's prettiest lake will all survive the wrecking ball.
The structure we'll remember as the Culver Inn first opened in 1875 as the
Hotel. Owned by Plymouth resident, J. W. Palmer, it served guests on week-end visits to
Lake Maxinkuckee, doubling during the week as a rooming house. Palmer owned it for
twelve years before selling it to Fred Lampson, who sold it in turn to John P. Walter in
New-fangled "horseless carriages" were edging buggies off our country roads when Walter
took the reins. For the next quarter century, The Palmer House continued to serve its
quests with 22 bedrooms, only tow bathrooms, a dinning room, card room, and kitchen
Several years of change began in 1931, when the Culver Realty and Investment Company
owned by E. R. and B. B. Culver bought the property and incorporated in 1932 as the
Maxinkuckee Inn, Inc. With fresh enthusiasm, the new owners added two bathrooms on
the second floor and five bedrooms and private baths on the first floor. A new lobby view
was opened to the lake through a seven foot long "picture window".
Despite hard times caused by the Great Depression, the trustees sought to provide more
lodging for patrons and friends. A structure called the Club House Hotel was relocated just
west of the inn. [Renamed the Club, it provided 16 additional bedrooms and baths
plus a friendly lobby. In 1933, a two-story structure north of the inn, formerly used for
employee accommodations and garages, was relocated just west of the inn.
Renamed the Club it provided 16 additional rooms and baths plus a friendly lobby. In 1933,
a two-story structure north of the inn, formerly used for employee accommodations and
garages, was converted to hotel space. Called the Lodge, it opened that summer offering
28 additional bedrooms with private baths.
Two years later, as the growth trend continued, the
again under went
extensive interior renovation. Six upstairs bedrooms were converted into baths so guests
in each remaining bedroom would have private facilities.
The name Maxinkuckee Inn was changed to the present Culver Inn in the mid-1950's.
Management of the facility, including the Payson Room and the 64 unit Culver Inn Motel
erected in 1959, remain with the Maxinkuckee Inn, Inc., a wholly owned taxable, subsidiary
of the Culver Educational Foundation.
1991 - March 27, Culver Citizen - as follows:
Culver Inn Slated
for demolition by
end of this week
The Culver Inn on the campus of the Culver Academies is expected to be torn down this
week, following weeks of preparation.
Thursday is demolition day, although the wrecking ball may not actually topple the structure
until Friday, according to Captain William Pippenger of the Culver Academies.
The historic Inn will be tore down because of financial operating losses at the restaurant in
"Despite a variety of endeavors by the Foundation to cut our losses at the Culver Inn, we
have been unable to do so. Our initial attempts involved new menus, increased advertising
and special events to increase revenues, but the steady decline has continued," according
to Ralph N. Manuel, president of the Academies, in January.
He pointed out that the operating losses were $100,000 per year, with a loss in excess of
$1 million for the past nine years.
The decision to tear down the Inn was made by the Board of Trustees of the Culver
It was not unexpected in the Culver Community, for there were visible signs, such as
peeling paint, that the Inn was being allowed to physically deteriorate for the past
Pippenger said that the demolition was expected to continue for some time.
In January Manuel pointed out that the demolition would indeed be complicated
and costly, as there was asbestos in the building, and the roof and foundation
were in very bad shape.
Last week the Culver Fire Department used the Culver Inn for training exercises,
according to Culver -Union Township fire Department Chief Lance Overmyer.
Save from the demolition of the Culver in was the three pieces sign "The Culver Inn"
by Jan Saunders, a former employee. She had it refurbished and did had it up for sale
on e-bay in early 2006 and later in an antique store in downtown Culver .
It is in two or three pieces. Below is a cropped out version of how it was on the building.