• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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Wieboldt-Rostone House

old black and white picture of flat roofed house with landscaped lawn

Wieboldt-Rostone 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. House was designed by architect Walter Scholer of Lafayette, Indiana.

The Wieboldt-Rostone House is located on the north side of Lake Front Drive, east of Dunbar Avenue. This home was framed in steel and clad in an experimental material called Rostone. Rostone was composed of shale, limestone, and alkali. Its creators advertised that the material could be produced in a variety of colors and forms, including slabs and panels, to exact dimensions. Rostone was not as durable as originally predicted. The material had severely deteriorated by 1950. The residents repaired it by covering the Rostone with another synthetic material, a concrete stucco called Perma-stone. Visitors can still see remnants of the original Rostone surrounding the front door exterior, in the interior entrance area, and around the living room fireplace.
 
photo from 1935 of house on a barge with a crane in lake michigan
Wieboldt-Rostone House, being moved across Lake Michigan on a barge in early 1935. Photo copied in 1994 by Jack Boucher, Photographer, Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service.
 

Did You Know?

a sea of tall grasses and catails in a marsh setting and trees in the background

Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.