Chicago World's Fair Houses - Beverly Shores, IN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 41.015 W 087° 00.173
16T E 499760 N 4614645
Quick Description: The houses were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and relocated to the Indiana Dunes area thereafter. Take Route 12 to Broadway in Beverly Shores (right by the South Shore Train Station) and go north until you Lake Shore Drive and turn left.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 8:27:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM3QGB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Firefrog69
Views: 133

Long Description:
The House of Tomorrow (including airplane hangar garage), the Florida Tropical House, the Wiebolt-Rostone House, the Armco-Ferro Enamel House and the Cypress Log House. Undergoing major restoration by modern preservationists armed with dreams and dollars.

The houses were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to celebrate a “Century of Progress” and demonstrate modern architectural design, experimental materials, and new technologies such as central air conditioning and dishwashers. The exhibit homes within the Home and Industrial Arts Group “utilized new techniques of design, construction and prefabrication in an attempt to bring the out-of-date housing industry into line with more efficient manufacturing practices such as those used by the auto industry.”

After the close of the Fair in the fall of 1934, five of the houses were sold to Chicago real estate developer Robert Bartlett. He brought them by barge and truck to the Indiana dunes, hoping that these would entice buyers to his resort community of Beverly Shores, IN.

Bartlett intended to furnish the five World’s Fair houses, open them to the public, and sell them starting in October 1935. However, his dreams were never fulfilled. By 1938, only one house — the House of Tomorrow — had been sold. Seasonal renters occupied two houses, and two were vacant. Prospects for the houses and for the development became even bleaker with the approach and outbreak of World War II. By 1946, Bartlett had sold off his interests in the resort; and in 1947 the community incorporated as a municipality.

The homes were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Beverly Shores--Century of Progress Architectural District (added 1986 - District #86001472), also known as World's Fair Houses, at 208, 210, 212, 214, and 215 Lake Front Drive.

The national lakeshore and the Historic Landmarks Foundation entered into a formal agreement in 1996 to protect and maintain the houses through a long-term residential leasing program.
Original Name of Structure (during fair): The House of Tomorrow, the Florida Tropical House, the Wiebolt-Rostone House, the Armco-Ferro Enamel House and the Cypress Log House.

Current Name of Structure: Beverly Shores--Century of Progress Architectural District

Architect/Designer: Wieboldt-Rostone House - Architect: Walter Scholer – Lafayette, IN; Florida Tropical House - Architect: Robert Law Weed – Miami, FL; Armco-Ferro-Mayflower House - Architect: Robert Smith, Jr. – Cleveland, OH;House of Tomorrow - Architect: George Fred Keck

Fair Name: Century of Progress

Location: Chicago, IL

Year of Fair: 1933-1934

Theme of Fair: Century of Progress

Website: [Web Link]

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