May 20, 2013 • 07:41:32 p.m.

Architectural talk on transplanted Century of Progress homes set in Glen Ellyn


The Florida Tropical House was moved from the Century of Progress 1933 World’s Fair to Beverly Shores, Ind., in 1935. Houses were transported by barges to the new development along the lakeshore by Robert Bartlett.   (Photo provided)

“The Century of Progress Legacy — Preserving World’s Fair Homes Along the Lake Shore” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. Guest speaker is Todd Zeiger, executive director of the Northern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks in South Bend, Ind.

Refresh­ments will be served at 7 p.m. in cel­e­bra­tion of May as National Preser­va­tion Month in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., at Stacy’s Historic Corners.

Zeiger will discuss the eight historic properties owned by the National Park Service and leased to private individuals. The properties are restored by private parties in exchange for the lease, and the program reportedly will generate $9 million of private investment.

The homes represent 100 years of architectural evolution from a log structure that is now re-purposed as a pre-school, to the Century of Progress houses and a Lustron home. Five Century of Progress homes still exist.They include the Cypress Log Cabin, the House of Tomor­row, the Florida Trop­i­cal, Armco Ferro and the Wieboldt-Rostone home. The houses, in keep­ing with the fair’s theme of progress, fea­tured inno­v­a­tive build­ing materi­als, mod­ern home appli­ances such as air-con­di­tion­ing and dish­wash­ers, and state-of-the-art con­struction tech­niques.

Zeiger will share the experiences of the lessees, the National Park Service, Indiana Landmarks and interviews with the parties undertaking the restorations.

The lecture costs $10 for GEHS members, $15 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are available at Stacy’s Corners Store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. They also are available at the door that evening.

Call 630-469-1867, Ext. 101, or visit

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