Take a picture, it will last longer. Whether you’re Instagram famous all across the web or you just like to post some fun memories for your friends and family, the quaint and charming town of Lafayette has some photo ops you just can’t pass up. Get your cameras ready!
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
There is something special about taking pictures somewhere with such a deep rooted history. The Long Center for the Performing Arts has an authentic, vintage sign outside its doors that really captures how long the theater has been around. Since 1920, this theater has been home to so many different shows and spectacles, making it almost 100 years old! It was renamed in 1977 after Irving Long donated the theater to the city and named it after his father, Purdue alumnus Dennis H. Long. If you happen to stop by for a performance, you will get to see the inside for an even better experience.
The Lafayette Theater
Similar to the Long Center, the Lafayette Theater is very historical and a big part of Lafayette’s culture. The Fourth Avenue Amusement Company opened the Lafayette Theater on September 1, 1938. It was one of the first in Indiana to show moving pictures. If you like photography with a vintage feel, an old movie theater is the place to have a shoot. Take a scooter ride on over and get an action shot.
There is a lot of creativity and expression in Lafayette’s public wall art. Not to mention, it makes for a great photo background. Sometimes having a busy, colorful background is unique and can make your picture really stand out. Lafayette has a ton of amazing murals and graffiti art around the city. Here is one of my favorites but there is plenty more. This picture’s location is directly across the Lafayette Theater on Main St. It’s an adventure to walk around and discover these hidden gems.
Graffiti Art and The Haywood Printing Company
The first graffiti art pictured can be found in an alley between Main and Columbia, off of 5th Street. The alley contains many different paintings. The second picture is a unique, old building that might not look like much to the untrained eye but it is the Haywood Printing Co., which was founded in 1826 and is one of the oldest businesses in the entire state of Indiana. The outside of it is covered in many different kinds of art and will give your photos a rustic appearance. It can be found on 300 N. Fifth St., Lafayette.
Pops of Color
Coke or Pepsi? Nothing is more classic than Coca-Cola. This bright red background and classic logo is a picture opportunity you just can’t pass up. A bright color surrounded by duller colors just makes it stand out even more. This Coca-Cola sign was refurbished and restored in 2016. You can find it on 103 North Public Road, facing toward Simpson Street. Lafayette is full of walls of bright colors and art everywhere.
The Tippecanoe County Courthouse
I’ll see you in court. The architecture of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse is the perfect building to photograph with. Also, all the stairs make it easy to get all different angles and perspectives. The Tippecanoe County Courthouse was built in 1882 and honors many founders, such as John Purdue.
Sometimes the best pictures are the candids at unexpected places you just happen to stumble upon. If you stumble upon Lafayette, bring your camera and say cheese!
Liz Polak, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.
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