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Identifying Catalog Houses

ASC Group Has Experience Identifying Catalog Houses During Surveys, Part 1 by Douglas Terpstra While conducting above-ground resources surveys for projects, ASC Group’s architectural historians sometimes encounter structures that can be identified as catalog houses, houses purchased from mail order catalogs in the early decades of the twentieth century.  Sears, Roebuck and Company is the Continue Reading..

The House of Tomorrow: A house made of glass

The House of Tomorrow by Leah Konicki Looking at the Future Through Glass The House of Tomorrow, a three-story twelve-sided house with walls made of glass, is perhaps the most innovative house of the Century of Progress houses.  Known also as the Glass House, it was designed by George Fred Keck, a Chicago architect. The Continue Reading..

The Wieboldt-Rostone House: A house not made of stone

The Wieboldt-Rostone House by Leah Konicki A Showcase for a New Material The fourth house at the site is the Wieboldt-Rostone House. This two-story house is framed in steel and clad with artificial stone. This house was designed by Indiana architect Walter Scholer. Engineers from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana had created an artificial stone Continue Reading..

Florida Tropical House: A house made of stucco

The Florida Tropical House by Leah Konicki Showcasing a State The state of Florida sponsored this house to showcase Florida and to promote tourism to the state. It was the only state-sponsored house in the original exhibition. Originally known as the Florida House, the house is covered in light-weight concrete stucco, painted tropical pink. Other Continue Reading..

Cypress Log House: A house built of logs

The Cypress Log House by Leah Konicki Longevity in a Traditional Way The Cypress Log House was sponsored by the Southern Cypress Manufacturers’ Association of Jacksonville, Florida. Unlike the other houses included in the exhibit, this house was not built of innovative materials, but was rather intended to show the many uses and longevity of Continue Reading..

The Armco-Ferro House: A house made of steel

The Armco-Ferro House by Leah Konicki A House Made of Steel (with Ohio Connections) The Armco-Ferro House was jointly sponsored by the American Rolling Company, better known as Armco, from Middletown, Ohio, and the Ferro Enamel Corporation of Cleveland. The companies collaborated to present a demonstration house promoting steel as a residential building material. The all-steel two-story house Continue Reading..

Homes of Tomorrow at Indiana Dunes

Homes of Tomorrow at Indiana Dunes by Leah J. Konicki Century of Progress Houses Moved to Indiana Tucked away in a quiet spot along the shore of Lake Michigan in the Indiana Dunes National Park is a cluster of unique houses. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the houses are remnants of a Continue Reading..

Revisiting the Towpath of the Ohio and Erie Canal

Investigating the archaeology of the Towpath of the Ohio and Erie Canal in Summit County, Ohio by David F. Klinge, MA, RPA Mitigating the adverse effects of modern environmental requirements with archaeological investigation of the Towpath of the Ohio and Erie Canal The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently proposed a series of Continue Reading..


By Ann Cramer, Hocking County Historical Society.    This month we mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which established women’s right to vote, or suffrage.  For almost a century of discussions, protests, and movements, the 19th Amendment passed both houses of Congress in 1919. But a majority of 36 states Continue Reading..

Celebrating Port Columbus Airport as America’s Greatest Air Harbor – Part II

by Douglas Terpstra.   The first two buildings constructed are still standing at today’s John Glenn Columbus International Airport Construction of the Port Columbus terminal and administration building and a hangar for the Transcontinental Air Transport Company (TAT) began at the Port Columbus Airport in May of 1929. Although not quite finished, the terminal opened to Continue Reading..