Motorists making their way down U.S. 30 in Dyer along the bustling stretch of shopping and dining establishments likely don’t realize what a huge piece of history they are driving past. Hidden by heavy foliage behind iron gates up a winding drive at the top of a hill sits an architectural gem that many Hoosiers may not know about—Meyer’s Castle. A simple turn south and all that hustle and bustle evaporates, transporting you to another place and time.
Completed in the early 1930s and designed by architect L. Cosby Bernard, the home was the dream of Joseph Ernest Meyer, founder of the Indiana Botanical Gardens in Hammond. An example of Jacobethan Revival Architecture, it was inspired by a castle Meyer had seen in Scotland, constructed with Indiana limestone and detailed by European craftsmen. The millionaire botanist enhanced the grounds with extensive gardens, and lived in the home until his death in 1950. In 1984, the home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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