The Landmarks Experience begins with a morning of interesting talks at Portage Lakefront Pavilion about Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair, the fair houses that traveled to the Indiana Dunes, and the preservation project that has saved the buildings. You’ll hear about plans for the House of Tomorrow, the most influential of the houses at the fair and the only one of the five in Indiana not yet restored. You’ll also hear from the National Trust about its work to restore and preserve Modernist houses, including Philip Johnson’s Glass House and the Mies Van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth house in nearby Plano, IL.
After lunch at the Pavilion, you’ll tour all five of the houses in the Century of Progress district in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, seeing areas not open during the annual public tour, including the observation decks at the Florida Tropical House, Armco Ferro House and Rostone House. Four of the houses have been restored by private leaseholders. At the House of Tomorrow, three floors will be open to view the “before” conditions before restoration commences in 2017.