Century of Progress 1933 World's Fair Homes

From: Frank
Sent on: Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:08 PM
Hello NWCH Meetup Members,

I have 4 tickets to the 9:00 AM tour of the Century of Progress 1933 World's Fair Homes in Beverly Shores, Indiana. If you did not get to see the Century of Progress in 1933 when it was in Chicago, you can still see 5 of these historic homes. It is a great chance to see some of Chicago?s history for $15.00. Please let me know if you want any tickets. - Frank

Architecture Tour Featuring The Century of Progress Homes

The National Park Service and the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana have announced the Annual Architecture Tour at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to be held on Saturday, October 23. This year?s tour will feature the homes from the 1933 Chicago World?s Fair, A Century of Progress. The Cypress Log Cabin was the first of the five to be fully restored.

Interior tours of these unique, historic 1933 homes are offered by reservation only. The tour is free; however there is a $15.00 transportation fee.

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.

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

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