1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress Homes

Ranger led tour at the Florida Tropical House
A Ranger led tour at the Florida Tropical house.

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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.

All tours begin at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on State Road 49 and include narrated roundtrip shuttle bus transportation. There is no parking at the homes and there will be no walk-up tours available.

Tours require advance registration and there is a ticket price of $35 per person (2016 rate). The tickets for the 2017 tour will go on sale at 8:00 am on Monday, September, 11, 2017. Tours can sell out quickly. Please follow the on-line reservation instructions carefully, print out your reservation ticket, and arrive at the Visitor Center 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you have difficulty with the reservation system or have additional questions, please call the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore information desk at 219-395-1882.

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.

Wieboldt-Rostone House
Florida Tropical House
Cypress Log Cabin
House of Tomorrow
Armco-Ferro House

Last updated: December 14, 2016

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