Century of Progress Talks

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Date(s) - 09/27/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center


     Every year, the Indiana Landmarks conducts a tour of the Century of Progress homes. The 2019 tour is SOLD OUT! However, there’s a talk on Friday Night before the tour (For tickets, click here).    
     The 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago is also called the Century of Progress.  During the fair, millions of people received a hopeful vision of futuristic changes on the horizon during the Great Depression.
     Developer Robert Bartlett brought a dozen buildings from the fair. Five homes from the Homes and Industrial Arts housing exhibit make up the Century of Progress Historic District.  Only the Florida Tropical, Rostone, Armco Ferro and Cypress houses are open.      
     Barge and trucks moved the buildings to Beverly Shores. At the time, Beverly Shores was a resort community on the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan.  The annual Century of Progress home tour is held on the last Saturday in September   (SOLD OUT FOR 2019.)  Indiana Landmarks sponsors the tour in partnership with the National Parks and Dunes National Park.

       For a deeper immersion, you can attend the talks on Friday evening, September 27 from 7pm – 9pm.  There’s a fee of $10.

     Park Ranger Penny Callahan will introduce the history of the Indiana Dunes National Park, created in 1966. He will discuss Historic structures like those in the Century of Progress district,

      Indiana Landmarks’ Todd Zeiger will reveal how houses built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair ended up on the beach in Beverly Shores, Indiana. Zeiger will highlight the significance of each home and delve deeper into plans for the House of Tomorrow.  Jamie and Flint Alm, lessees of the Cypress Log Cabin, will share their experiences restoring the rustic landmark.