Homes of Tomorrow Today at Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Beverly Shores, Indiana

After the exposition ended in 1936, the homes were put on barges and moved across the lakes to Indiana and Illinois.  A couple of homes were moved to Chicago suburb s while five were placed at Beverly Shores to help spark development in the late 30's.  The development never happened; however, the Indiana park service maintained the homes after the original occupants moved.  Five of the original homes have survived the last 70 years on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Several of the designs have also been erected in other states. 

Five Remaining Homes at Indiana Dunes:   The Armco-Ferro-Mayflower House, House of Tomorrow, Wieboldt-Rostone House, Florida Tropical House, and Cypress Log Cabin are all from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and on the National Register of Historic Places. The homes are not open to the public. However, there is a driving tour guide that can be picked up at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center and they can be viewed from the road. There is a parking lot near the Rostone House on Lake Front Drive and Dunbar Streets in Beverly Shores.  

      

L-R: Cypress Log Cabin, House of Tomorrow, Armco-Ferro

    

L-R: Rostone Home, Rostone panels, Florida Tropical Home

A Century of Progress Homes of Tomorrow Photos and Images:

·       Chicago World’s Fair Homes at Indiana Dunes in 2001

·       Same homes after some renovation and repair in 2005

·       General photos of the Home Planning Group buildings

·       Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House: Misc photos and interiors

 

 

 

Photographs were taken by the author and/or scanned from her personal collection of World’s Fair guides and memorabilia or from original fair guidebooks.

Dr. Monica Brooks, brooks@marshall.edu (2017)