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Summer Picnic 2019

  • Century of Progress Architectural District 251 West Lake Front Drive Michigan City, IN, 46360 United States (map)

Join Docomomo US/Chicago for an exclusive members-only* event on the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Our 2nd annual Summer picnic will be held this year at the historic Armco-Ferro house in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

Built for Chicago’s 1933-34 “A Century of Progress” World’s Fair, the Armco-Ferro “Mayflower” house was a prototype for an affordable, mass-produced house. Although the design is based on the traditional American four-square, the structure and facade are made almost entirely of steel.

Adjacent to G.F. Keck’s House of Tomorrow and the Florida house by R.L. Weed, the Armco-Ferro house is part of a group of houses that were moved to Beverly Shores after the World’s Fair concluded and today make up the Century of Progress Architectural District.

*If you would like to attend and you are not currently a Docomomo US member or your membership has lapsed, please join or renew here.

• BBQ Luncheon included (meats, vegetables, sides, and beverages).

• Meet the current homeowners of the Armco-Ferro house and learn about their restoration project

• Exterior tours of other Century of Progress houses with Todd Zeiger of Indiana Landmarks

RSVP required. Please RSVP by August 14, by email to:

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The site address is: 251 W Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360

By car – about 1 hour drive from the Chicago Loop. Car pooling is suggested. Limited parking will be available behind the house and at a public parking lot adjacent to the site.

By train/walking - accessible from Chicago on the South Shore Line. The site is a 20 to 30 min walk from the Beverly Shores train station - after exiting the station, walk (north) along Broadway for 1 mile to the beachfront. Then turn left onto East Lake Front Dr. and walk along the road (west) for about 2,000 ft. The Armco-Ferro house is directly across from the very pink Florida house.

The Sunday train schedule is as follows:

Depart Chicago:

Depart Millennium Station 10:45am, arrive Beverly Shores 12:15pm

Depart Millennium Station 12:12pm, arrive Beverly Shores 1:42pm

Return to Chicago:

Depart Beverly Shores 3:56pm, arrive Millennium Station 5:23pm

Depart Beverly Shores 5:45pm, arrive Millennium Station 7:11pm