Century of Progress Architectural District, Beverly Shores

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The Century of Progress Architectural District, a part of the eastern unit of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, is an historic district on Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, Porter County, Indiana. The district comprises five buildings, all from the Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition during the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair which took place in Chicago. Intended to display the future of housing, the Century of Progress Homes reflect a variety of designs, experimental materials and new technologies. On June 30, 1986, the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Beverly Shores—Century of Progress Architectural District.Century of ProgressThe Beverly Shores/Century of Progress Architectural District is significant because it encompasses houses from the 1933–34 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition that comprised a portion of the Home and Industrial Arts Group. These structures were innovative and included engineering and construction technologies that are integral parts of modern residential architecture.During the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the classicism of the French Beaux Arts tradition was popular along with the eclectic revivals of the Victorian architectural periods. This trend dominated American architecture during the first part of the twentieth century. Forty years later, Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition was the national showcase for new directions in American architecture, which once again followed a European precedent, the 1925 Paris Exposition." The Century of Progress Exposition was conceived in the prosperous 1920s, but the nation was deep in the Great' Depression by the opening date. Modern technology, the general theme of the exposition, gave the nation something new during a bleak economic period. New materials, nontraditional construction methods, and efficient, new mechanical systems came together." Electric floodlights, searchlights and neon highlighted the polychromed facades and stylized motifs of the major exhibition buildings. The architecture of the Century of Progress Expostion was progressive, which meant either the Art Deco or International Style.." To visit Century of Progress Architectural District on your holiday in Beverly Shores, and find out what else Beverly Shores has to offer, use our Beverly Shores.
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  • Now part of Indiana Dunes National Park, the Century of Progress Architectural District, located on Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, consists of five Century of Progress Homes that were purchased.....  more »
  • Architecture fans will want to include this stop if they’re in the Indiana Dunes area. As another reviewer mentioned, it’s not prominently promoted or signed, but worth the adventure of getting...  more »

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