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House of Tomorrow Threatened Today

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It may be Indiana's now, but the House of Tomorrow is still a key relic of Chicago history. Five futuristic showcase homes built for the 1933 World's Fair were floated across the lake to Beverly Shores and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The House of Tomorrow was one of them, and perhaps the grandest. Designed by George Fred Keck, the 12-sided steel-framed house had glass walls, air conditioning, a dishwasher, and electric "eyes" that opened the kitchen and garage doors. Speaking of the garage, it was meant for the family airplane. The collection of Fair Homes, assaulted by high winds and blowing sand for several decades, have attracted strong preservation interest in recent years. Four are fully restored, but the House of Tomorrow awaits a savior. Sounds like a job for a Chicagoan. [Sun-Times, photo: Jeffrey D. Nicholls]