Wieboldt-Rostone House at Indiana Dunes National Park

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 Lake Front Drive in the town of Beverly Shores. The 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 livingroom 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.

Last updated: February 4, 2022

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