The Indiana Dunes National Seashore: Homes and Homesteads

A Ranger, back that day from the Federal Furlough, describing the houses' history

A Ranger, back that day from the Federal Furlough, describing the houses’ history

Have you been to the Indiana Dunes National Seashore lately? In October, we took the short drive to Indiana to tour the “Houses of Tomorrow” from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair: Century of Progress that were hauled by barge to Indiana’s lakeshore as part of a housing developer’s promotion. The Federal government now owns the homes (located near Beverly Shores) but leases them to people who agree to restore them to their 1933 “glory”. This is easier said than done. Seems to me like the homes would be in better condition if the Federal government did all the restoration itself, as it has done with other Federal buildings in the National Park…Nonetheless, here are photos of three of the five 1933 homes:

 

A House of Steel

A House of Steel

Come to Florida and You'll Live in Art Deco Splendor!

Come to Florida and You’ll Live in Art Deco Splendor!

 

Park Your Airplane in Your "Home Hangar"

Park Your Airplane in Your “Home Hangar”

 

Nearby in the 15,000 acre National Park, we also visited the Chellberg Farm, a Swedish family’s homestead from 1900

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Next, we happened upon the 1822-1917 Bailly Homestead. Such a surprise to find this “mansion” in the remote and beautiful woods.

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And all just about an hour southeast of Chicago… What a wonderful place that was preserved, starting in 1899, for our enjoyment and for the sake of ecology.#

 

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3 Responses to The Indiana Dunes National Seashore: Homes and Homesteads

  1. Martha Drummond

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating road trip’s architectural finds. Would like to see the current photographs of all of them. You could actually write a short book about it with photos. Very interesting. Thanks. Marth

  2. Nanci

    We’ve been here several times. One of our favorite getaways. I think it’s an incredible tribute to American ingenuity!

  3. Julia Bunn

    Rommy,
    My friends Christoph & Char, rehabbed the steel house. Cool you featured it! Julia

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