Architecture tour of Beverly Shores


Mies van der Rohe Society members and IIT alumni are invited to a motor coach tour of the noteworthy architecture of Beverly Shores, Indiana. In addition to homes designed by Harold Olin and other IIT alumni, the tour includes exteriors of houses that were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and relocated to the Indiana Dunes area by barge and truck.

Hosted by Mies Society members Joan and Harold Olin, a reception follows the tour at their home.

Sunday, October 17, 2– 5 p.m.

Home of Joan and Harold Olin
105 Wells Road, Beverly Shores, IN 46301

The motor coach will pick up and drop off from the Olin’s home. Attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Indiana.

This event is open to IIT alumni and Mies Society members.  To RSVP, contact Marian Quirk at 312.567.5000 or

Harold Olin designed six homes in Beverly Shores. He studied under Mies, worked as a draftsman for George Fred Keck, and was influenced by the eco-friendly practices of Alfred Caldwell. Olin and other architects helped introduce the International Style and New Bauhaus to the Indiana Dunes. Harold had a career in architectural research and was responsible for re-writing the Chicago code as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Codes and Standards at the Building Department of the City of Chicago. He is the author of the text book that continues to be used by most architecture students, Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods.


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