1933-34 Chicago World's Fair: A Century of Progress Home Planning Group
You will enter A Century of Progress for the first time perhaps like an explorer—curious and eager—penetrating an amazingly rumored domain in search of treasure. It well might be, whether by day or by night you come, that the veritable bombardment of color and light that greets you may create the illusion of stepping within a giant jewel, its myriad facets flashing countless rays of beauty.
–Your Book of the Fair, 1933
The Home and Industrial Arts Group included several buildings and homes and was situated north of 31st Street overlooking Lake Michigan. Originally, eleven homes and six exhibit halls were erected for the 1933 season to showcase advances in modern building materials, architecture, and interior designs. Most were small modern homes that maximized sunlight and expanded living space to terraces and rooftops. Prior to the start of the 1934 season, three more homes were added and the original homes were redecorated to highlight new furnishings and accents. All but two of the homes sported flat roofs and radically contemporary designs.
The homes also enjoyed an array of technological innovations such as air conditioning, central heat, and time-saving kitchen appliances. One futuristic house design even anticipated the need for a special port to park the family airplane. For most of the homes, pre-fab designs and new building materials were provided to showcase affordable home options to families with limited means. Architects, building companies, manufacturers, and designers took part in sponsoring various aspects of the homes to promote their products and innovations in concert with the fair’s “Century of Progress” theme.
26 – General Houses Inc. Houses
27 – Masonite House
28 – Wieboldt-Rostone House *
29 – Lumber Industries House
30 - Common Brick Manufacturers House
32 – Florida Tropical Home *
33 - Century Homes “House of Tomorrow” *
35 – Southern Cypress Log Cabin *
39 – Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House & Stran-Steel Garden Home
40 – Armco-Ferro Mayflower Enamel House *
?? – Design for Living Home
*These homes are still standing at Indiana Dunes, Beverly
*These homes are still standing at Indiana Dunes, Beverly Shores, IN
26 - General Houses, Inc. House and Steel House
Architect: Howard T. Fisher, Chicago
Built by: General Houses Inc.
Interiors by: Kroehler Furniture Company
27 - Masonite House
Architect: Frazier and Raftery, Chicago
Built by: Masonite Corporation
Interiors by: Marjorie Thorsh, Chicago