The Century of Progress Exposition was conceived in an atmosphere of economical, political, and social crisis. The Fair assumed National importance during the Great Depression. Because of the vision of Robert Bartlett, Beverly Shores was the recipient of the five Worlds Fair houses on Lakefront Drive and the replicas of he Colonial Village. The village buildings are no longer standing, except for the Old North Church. You can see photos of them along with artifacts from the Fair at the Depot Museum.