Architectural Appreciation Of A Small Midwestern Town: Goshen, Indiana

Striking Architecture:  Goshen, Indiana
Striking Architecture: Goshen, Indiana

Goshen, Indiana. A small Midwestern town nestled within Elkhart County, Goshen is located 10 miles southeast of Elkhart, 25 miles southeast of South Bend and about 120 miles east of Chicago. A mere journey for those that reside in nearby Midwestern cities and towns. The road trip was worth it. Various reasons brought my camera and anticipation to this town’s “magic”. What awaited me was pure delight and excitement. An unexpected Victorian jem within a Midwestern town, surrounded by fields and farms. What a jewel it is that awaits those that journey here. Of note, the downtown Goshen Historic district was added in 1983 to the National Registor of Historic Places, with the Elkhart County Courthouse at its center. For certain, the distinctive architectural elements on the downtown buildings lured my camera lens. Always with the desire to look “up”, it was the architectural details that mesmerized me. What appears to be a thriving downtown with a cultural arts scene pairs with intriguing cafe’s, restaurants and even an impressive record store that lures more than the locals. The town is enchanting

Of course, a look back at the history of Goshen…
Goshen was first discovered by Sieur de La Salle during 1680. After La Salle made peace with the local “Miami Indians” (who had their original home land in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio), Goshen was soon settled by the French. In 1831 the city was given its official name and was also declared the county seat for Elkhart county. Perhaps the French flair resides within the detailed architectural features of these grand buildings that line downtown Goshen. Either way, the distinction and architectural details abound. How gratifying to learn that the charmed city has experienced a revival over the last decade. With facade enhancement grants for business owners, the downtown of Goshen is said to have been transformed. Architectural integrity has clearly been preserved or respectfully restored. Either way, the character of this downtown has been well maintained. How exciting to see small, historical American towns revitalized! The images are a mere grouping of some of the details I captured from behind the lens. It is interesting how quickly it was that I referred to these buildings in my mind as “Painted Ladies. “Painted ladies” is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. For certain, a return visit to this town of architecture and “painted” delight lies ahead…

Details Of Architectural Delight:  Goshen, Indiana
Details Of Architectural Delight: Goshen, Indiana
A Midwest Architectural  Jewel:  Goshen, Illinois
A Midwest Architectural Jewel: Goshen, Indiana
Goshen, Indiana:  Architectural Distinction
Goshen, Indiana: Architectural Distinction
Goshen's Appeal:  Historical Architectural Interest
Goshen’s Appeal: Historical Architectural Interest
Colorful Appeal Paired With Architectural History:  Goshen, Indiana
Colorful Appeal Paired With Architectural History: Goshen, Indiana
Windows Of Appeal In The Midwest:  Goshen, Indiana
Windows Of Appeal In The Midwest: Goshen, Indiana
Painted Architectural Appeal:  Goshen, Indiana
Painted Architectural Appeal: Goshen, Indiana
"Look Up":  Goshen, Indiana
“Look Up”: Goshen, Indiana

For certain, the colorful, visual appeal that greets you paired with distinctive architectural features are sure to delight. No matter where you pass through or mark a destination to, travel itself will provide you with the excitement of inspiration. Even a mere Midwestern town can thrill you if you look close enough in appreciation. And as always, don’t forget to “look up”

Kristin

Vintage Appeal:  Goshen, Indiana
Vintage Appeal: Goshen, Indiana
Myself, Strolling Through Goshen, Indiana
Myself, Strolling Through Goshen, Indiana
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