Century of Progress Homes
Address 1: West Lakefront Dr, between Dunbar and Derby Avenues
City: Beverly Shores
Zip Code: 46301
Hours: Annual tour is generally one weekend each October. See website for details.
Directions: Lat: 41.6844 Long: -87.0006 Follow US Rte 12 east of State Rte 49 for 3 miles. Turn north (left) at E. State Park Rd, travel to the end and turn right on Lake Front Dr. The Century of Progress Homes are located between Dunbar and Derby Aves along Lakefront Dr. Park in the lot at Dunbar Ave or Lake View and walk to the site. The homes and grounds are not open to the public, but once a year, public tours are offered.
Lat/Long: 41.6844, -87.00220227241516
The Century of Progress Homes, originally constructed for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, were built to demonstrate modern architectural design, experimental materials and new technologies like air conditioning and dishwashers. Drive or walk past them year- round, or take a look inside during the annual architectural tour in October. Real estate developer Robert Bartlett brought the houses to the dunes by barge in 1935. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the homes are now property of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and are leased to private individuals.