World’s Fair homes tour reservations open Monday

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z World’s Fair homes tour reservations open MondayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PORTER |  Join a National Park Service ranger between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

Each tour will last approximately two hours and includes a ranger-narrated shuttle ride from the parking area of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to the Century of Progress Homes Site. There is no on-site parking available at the homes.

Once on site, your ranger will lead you on an inside look at the Cypress Log House, House of Tomorrow, Florida House, Armco- Ferro House, and the Rostone House. Reservations are required and there is a $20 per person fee to cover the cost of the shuttle buses and other program expenses.

These tours are offered in partnership with the Dunes National Park Association, who will take tour reservations through the DNPA website, www.dunesnationalpark.org, starting at 8 a.m. Monday. The DNPA is a nonprofit organization that supports the protection, preservation, and promotion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The original 1933 Century of Progress houses featured innovative building materials, modern home appliances, and new construction techniques. The houses were moved to Northwest Indiana in 1935 to promote a new housing community and were included in the national lakeshore boundary in the early 1970s. Today, the historic homes are undergoing rehabilitation with private funds through a partnership with Indiana Landmarks and private citizens.

Call (219) 395-1882 or contact the DNPA at helpthedunes@gmail.com.

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