• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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Florida Tropical House

old black and white picture of flat roofed house with large windows with palm trees in landscaping

Florida Tropical House, front elevation, from "A Century of Progress" homes and furnishings as exhibited at the World's Fair, Chicago, 1934, Dorothy Raley, Editor, M.A. Ring Company Publishers, Chicago.

The Florida Tropical House lies east of the Wieboldt-Rostone House on Lake Front Drive. Miami architect Robert Law Weed, inspired by the tropical climate of Southern Florida, designed this house. Weed sought to blend the indoor and outdoor environments, bringing together a spacious two-story living room, with overhanging balcony, and large open terraces on the roof. The original specifications called for poured concrete walls, however, to save money, the house was framed in wood, and finished with a lightweight concrete stucco. The bright pink house became a well-known landmark for mariners.

Did You Know?

Close-up of flames burning a prairie

Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.