House of Tomorrow, 241 Lake Front Drive (moved from Chicago, IL), Beverly Shores, Porter County, IN
Significance: The House of Tomorrow is important as an artifact of the 1933-34 Century of Progress exposition, as an early example of the work of architect George Fred Keck, and as a record of the effects of European modernism on American architecture in the 1930s. With its innovative structural system, glass walls, stripped-down ornament and modern materials, the House of Tomorrow embodied the ideals promoted by the fair and by modernist architects: science and technology as sources for design and as symbols of progress and future prosperity. After the close of the exposition in 1934, real-estate developer Robert Bartlett capitalized on this symbolic value, moving the house to Beverly Shores, Indiana in order to stimulate interest in his subdivision there.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N254
Survey number: HABS IN-243
Building/structure dates: 1933 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1935
Building/structure dates: 1935 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 86001472