Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Legacy of Modern Housing, part two

The Stran-Steel House at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition was unique primarily due to its steel frame.  The Stran-Steel Corporation used sheet steel rolled into studs, joists and plates instead of wood joists and 2x4s in their model home, but … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Modern Housing

While most of the buildings at all the fairs were designed and constructed to last only one season or two, many fair buildings—especially the model houses—had a lasting impression on fairgoers.  Designing Tomorrow curators have heard of many people who … Continue reading

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Fair Sites as Cultural Landscapes

Recently, Designing Tomorrow curators partnered with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) to provide information on the three still-existing sites where world’s fairs took place in the 1930s.  TCLF has a great program called “What’s Out There,” which is a database … Continue reading

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Hearing from our docents: part 3

Our next final World’s Fairs docent: Kate Meenan-Waugh If you would like to go on a tour led by one of our excellent docents, here is some information: Schedule: Walk-in tours are available Monday-Friday at 3:15 pm; Saturday 10:45 am … Continue reading

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Hearing from our docents: part 2

Our next featured World’s Fairs docent: Cecil E. Talbott If you would like to go on a tour led by one of our excellent docents, here is some information: Schedule: Walk-in tours are available Monday-Friday at  3:15 pm; Saturday 10:45 … Continue reading

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Hearing from our docents

We asked the National Building Museum’s exhibition docents to tell us what they like most about the exhibition Designing Tomorrow and World’s Fairs, and we recorded their responses. Check out the first response by Diane Schwager.

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