Michigan City in Porter County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
House Of Tomorrow: 'America's First Glass House'
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Intended as a showcase of modern design and innovative building materials, this house played a pioneering role in the development of passive solar heating. This was much to the surprise of its Chicago architect, George Fred Keck.
One cold morning during construction, Keck noticed the workmen had shed their winter coats while laboring inside the glass-enclosed space. Keck speculated that the sun streaming through the glass walls could be a cost-effective source of heating. After the fair, Keck incorporated south-facing windows and other passive heating into his designs. Ironically, this unanticipated heat source worked directly against the House of Tomorrow's most touted feature at the Fair, air conditioning.
At a time when popular new home styles included the bungalow, Arts and Crafts, and Craftsmen, features such as floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, air conditioning, passive solar heating, and even automatic dishwashers have found their way into most modern homes. Time will tell if the airplane hangar tucked into the House of Tomorrow's first floor will also become standard.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 41° 41.033′ N, 87° 0.05′ W. Marker is in Michigan City, Indiana, in Porter County. Marker is on West Carol Lane 0.1 miles east of Dunbar Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 251 W Lake Front Dr, Michigan City IN 46360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Showcase For Cypress (here, next to this marker); The Armco-Ferro House: Mass Produced And Affordable (within shouting distance of this marker); Century of Progress Homes (within shouting distance of this marker); Century Of Progress Homes: Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Florida House: Home, Cruise Ship, and More (within shouting distance of this marker); Made In Lafayette: An Experiment in Home Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Recipe for a Sand DuneWhose Home Is It? (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Michigan City.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.