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Barker Mansion, Michigan City

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The John H. Barker Mansion is a historic home located in Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana.HistoryThe original house was built in 1857 and is a two-story, brick structure that now serves as the rear wing. Between 1901 and 1905, the main block was constructed. The main house is a 2 1/2-story, maroon brick with limestone trim designed as an English Manor house, with 38 rooms, 10 bathrooms, and seven fireplaces.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is located in the Haskell and Barker Historic District.John H. BarkerIn 1836, at the age of 22, John Barker Sr. (1814-1878) arrived in Indiana from Andover, Massachusetts, looking for new business opportunities. He began as a general merchant, expanded into grain brokerage, before opening a commission house to receive and forward merchandise from ships on the lakes. During this time, he married Cordelia G. Collamer (1818-1894) and raised a family. Two children survived him, daughter, Anna, and son, John H. Barker (1844-1910).Seeing the potential of railroads, he bought an interest in the manufacture of freight cars. Shortly after his purchase in 1855, the company was renamed Haskell & Barker Car Co. The onset of the American Civil War helped the business prosper through government contracts. As the Car Company prospered, Michigan City prospered. When he retired in 1869, his son left Chicago to return as the general manager of the company. Upon Barker Jr.'s death in 1910, the Car Company was prospering such that he was worth an estimated fifty to sixty million dollars. In 1922, "Haskell & Barker" merged with the Pullman Company, and was then known as Pullman-Standard, a division of Pullman, Inc.
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  • The Barker Mansion is very awesome to see and here the history. The guided tours are best as your hear all the history of the Barker’s life.  more »
  • My boyfriend and I went right before Christmas so we can see the mansion decorated. There were Christmas trees in just about every room, decorated in much the way out would have been during the tine t...  more »
  • The Barker Mansion is a special little place filled with Michigan City History. They keep filling their calendar with special events that are fun for all ages. We just finished a Christmas tour that i...  more »
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  • We held our youngest daughters 1st birthday party at Barker Mansion, in the parlor room, and it was the most beautiful/unique birthday experience we've ever had. Austin, our personal tour guide, was fabulous. The tour portion of the party was fun for the adults, we really loved it! This place is gorgeous! Amanda went above and beyond to answer all of our questions, and made the party run absolutely perfect. I would highly suggest planning an event (or even a casual visit) to Barker Mansion. The staff and building are both incredible, and they are passionate about the home and it's visitors! :) Thank you to everyone who gave us the perfect day!
  • Went there yesterday for Valentines Day. What a wonderful experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable about the Barkers and their relationship to Michigan City. You could see his enthusiasm and love for his job. There was plenty of time to ask questions and learn about the house and it's features. So glad to have had this opportunity to learn about this treasure in Michigan City, IN.
  • Everything about this place is beautiful. I just wish they could draw the drapes–many of the curtains were closed and it made the place feel dark and dreary, but it is necessary to keep the old furnishings looking nice. The yard is GORGEOUS, especially on sunny days. It is very well kept. Definitely recommend for weddings. I was there catering for one. It has a very long, very nice kitchen that was recently refurbished. There is lots of space to work in the kitchen and easy access to essential tools.
  • The Barker Mansion is a landmark of Michigan City with a rich history. Visiting is must for anyone. The staff alone are fun and engaging bring you into the past of the house.
  • Very cool place! Definitely recommend the guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the mansion.
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