Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation are offering a tour of West Lafayette mid century modern homes on May 30, 2009. The “Back to the Future” tour showcases five houses built between 1955 and 1964 in and near the Happy Hollow subdivision, the area is known for its admirable collection of mid century modern architecture. Four of the five tour homes were designed by the architect, Robert Smith, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who had 20 commissions in West Lafayette. These four homes feature his signature details – integration of the structure with nature, expansive glass walls, the use of natural materials, and louvered openings to enhance ventilation.
Residences for the Back to the Future tour include:
- George Benda: 300 Hollowood Drive
- Janet and Arnold Sweet: 304 Hollowood Drive
- Dick and Connie Grace: 2175 Tecumseh Park Lane
- Sara Strickler: 132 Mohican
- Sid and Phyllis Kilsheimer: 1607 Western Drive
Tickets are $12 per person in advance and $15 on the day of the tour. For more information, contact Mark Dollase, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534 or email@example.com