House of Tomorrow, 241 Lake Front Drive (moved from Chicago, IL), Beverly Shores, Porter County, IN
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS IN-243
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N254).
Building/structure dates: 1933 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1935
Building/structure dates: 1935 subsequent work
Part of building/structure is in Chicago, Cook County, IL.
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.
Keck, George Fred
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTH OF NORTHWEST ELEVATION
2. GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTH OF NORTHWEST ELEVATION
3. VIEW FROM NORTH OF NORTHWEST ELEVATION
4. GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTH OF NORTHEAST ELEVATION, WITH SCALE
5. GENERAL VIEW OF SOUTHEAST ELEVATION
6. VIEW OF SOUTHEAST (REAR) ELEVATION
7. VIEW OF SOUTHEAST ELEVATION FROM SOUTH
8. VIEW OF SOUTHEAST ELEVATION FROM EAST
9. VIEW FROM CARPORT DECK ROOF TO HOUSE, FROM EAST TO WEST
10. FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH ROOM (HANGER), LIVING ROOM FROM WEST TO EAST
11. FIRST FLOOR, WEST AREA, KITCHEN, NORTH TO SOUTH
12. FIRST FLOOR, WEST ROOM (OLD GARAGE), DINING ROOM FROM EAST
13. FIRST FLOOR, WEST BEDROOM FROM EAST
14. FIRST FLOOR, NORTH PORCH, VIEW FROM EAST TO COPPER STANDING SEAM WALL WITH FULL WINDOW. ALSO, NOTE THE HISTORIC METAL CHAIRS.
15. FIRST FLOOR, DETAIL VIEW, HISTORIC CHAIRS ORIGINAL TO THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW AT THE 1934 WORLD'S FAIR IN CHICAGO.
16. FIRST FLOOR, NORTH PORCH, GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST
17. FIRST FLOOR, VESTIBULE, FROM EAST
18. FIRST FLOOR, VESTIBULE, VIEW FROM NORTH OF BASE OF STAIR
19. SECOND FLOOR, VIEW FROM SOUTH TO NORTH OF WEST ROOM
20. SECOND FLOOR, DETAIL VIEW OF NORTHWEST WINDOW CROSS BRACING, FROM SOUTH
21. SECOND FLOOR, GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST TO EAST, STAIR TURRET IN CENTER
22. SECOND FLOOR, KITCHEN SOUTH REAR ROOM TAKEN FROM SOUTH OF SINK AND CABINET
23. SECOND FLOOR, NORTHEAST ROOM, VIEW FROM NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST OF GRAIN-END WOOD BLOCK WALL
24. SECOND FLOOR, NORTHEAST ROOM, DETAIL VIEW OF GRAIN-END BLOCK WALL
25. SECOND FLOOR, VIEW TO STAIR TURRET FROM NORTH WITH DOWN STAIR TO LEFT
26. THIRD FLOOR, SUNROOM, TOP OF STAIRS FROM THE NORTH
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