Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either.
“Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent Indiana Landmarks program.
Gambril is just about finished restoring the Wieboldt-Rostone House on Lake Front Drive, just west of the bright pink Florida Tropical House, where his neighbors Bill and Lisa Beatty live.
Each year, except 2020, tenants of the five historic Century of Progress homes open up their homes for tours. That’s part of the agreement they signed when they agreed to lease the homes.
The other main part was to restore the homes in lieu of rent.
“I have over 8,000 pictures of the house, all the work, all the various stages,” Gambril said, and he runs the slideshow during the annual showings.
“I look at that and I realize