Annual Century of Progress Homes Tour
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Join National Park Service rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. These tours offered by reservation only one day each in October between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (Last tour begins at 4:00 pm) Each tour lasts two hours and includes an inside look at the Cypress Log Cabin, the House of Tomorrow, Florida Tropical, Armco Ferro, and the Wieboldt-Rostone houses.
The houses, in keeping with the fair's "A Century of Progress" theme, featured innovative building materials, modern home appliances, and new construction techniques. Later moved to northwest Indiana to promote a new housing community, these houses were included in the national lakeshore in the early 1970's. Today the homes are undergoing rehabilitation with private funds through a partnership with Indiana Landmarks.
To purchase your tickets for the Century of Progress Homes Tour, please go to: www.dunesnationalpark.org.
A Century of Progress - The 1933 World's Fair Homes
Over 70 years of wind, sand, and surf have battered the five World's Fair houses located along Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, but their uniqueness has weathered the elements. With the theme of a Century of Progress, the houses were built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair to demonstrate modern architectural design, experimental materials, and new technologies such as central air conditioning and dishwashers.
Four of the houses were brought to the dunes by barge in 1935 by real estate developer Robert Bartlett. The Cypress Log Cabin was dismantled at the fair and moved by truck. Bartlett hoped that the high profile houses would entice buyers to his new resort community of Beverly Shores. Today the houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The houses have been leased to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Through this organization, private individuals or families have leased the homes and are rehabilitating them. Please respect these agreements by not trespassing on the properties.
Last updated: December 14, 2016