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Beverly Shores in Porter County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Century of Progress Homes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

 
 
Century of Progress Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
1. Century of Progress Homes Marker
Inscription. "Century of Progress" homes at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair showcased innovative building materials and designs. Visitors marveled at modern features like dishwashers and air conditioners.

In 1935, developer Robert Bartlett brought five Century of Progress homes to Beverly Shores. Today, the homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore partners with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana to preserve and rehabilitate the homes through a historic leasing agreement.

The homes arrived at Beverly Shores on barges.

The Wieboldt-Rostone house is made of rostone, a stone based composite cladding. The material did not survive Lake Michigan's harsh winters.

The Armco-Ferro House, made of corrugated steel panels, was the only Century of Progress Home to meet the Fair Committee's design criteria. It could be mass-produced, and was affordable.

The original rustic elements of the Cypress Log Cabin included carved animal heads and fantasy creatures.

The Florida Tropical House blended indoor and outdoor environments.

The House of Tomorrow featured prefabricated concrete and an airplane hangar next to the garage.

Private tenants lease these homes. Please respect their privacy.
 
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Century of Progress Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
2. Century of Progress Homes Marker
On street wall in front of the House of Tomorrow
National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 41.049′ N, 87° 0.056′ W. Marker is in Beverly Shores, Indiana, in Porter County. Marker is on W. Lake Front Dr 0.1 miles east of Dunbar Ave, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly Shores IN 46301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Recipe for a Sand Dune (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whose Home Is It? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Is This an Ocean or a Lake? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edwin Way Teale (approx. 2.5 miles away); The J.D. Marshall (approx. 3.1 miles away); Le Petit Fort (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dunes Hi-Way (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beverly Shores.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Wieboldt-Rostone House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
3. Wieboldt-Rostone House
(Under Restoration)
Armco-Ferro House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
4. Armco-Ferro House
Cypress Log Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
5. Cypress Log Cabin
Florida Tropical House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
6. Florida Tropical House
The House of Tomorrow image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 3, 2013
7. The House of Tomorrow
(Under Restoration)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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