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House of Tomorrow

House of Tomorrow

Beverly Shores, Indiana

Design
Ongoing
Project Area
3,755 square feet
Consultants
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Structural; Bauer Latoza Studio, Historic Preservation; WSP, MEP; Radtke Engineering and Surveying, LLC, Civil; HJKessler Associates, Sustainability
Materials
Triple Insulating Glass Unit, Fiber Cement Rainscreen
Photography
Hedrich-Blessing

Originally designed by pioneering architect George Fred Keck, the House of Tomorrow showed millions of attendees at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair a new, technology-driven vision of what domestic life could be in the future.

Having been significantly modified and relocated by barge to what is now the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1934, the House of Tomorrow has sat vacant and deteriorating since 1999. Now Indiana Landmarks has a long-term lease with the National Park Service and is working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to facilitate its rehabilitation and return to use.

bKL is leading the design team that is restoring the exterior of this extraordinary building, which embodied the forward-thinking spirit of modern architecture, to its original 1933 appearance, while preserving its remaining historic elements and incorporating 21st-century materials and systems into its infrastructure.