Why aren’t houses fabricated from metal? Within the late Forties, one firm posed that query. Lustron made prefabricated houses that have been speculated to be the way forward for housing. So why did it fail?
For just some years — 1947 to 1950 — the Columbus, Ohio-based Lustron represented the way forward for housing. Utilizing a metal body and porcelain enamel-covered metal panels, Lustron made houses in a manufacturing facility and shipped them across the nation.
Vox’s Phil Edwards visited a Lustron residence simply outdoors Dayton, Ohio, to expertise the bizarre options, like magnetic partitions, for himself. This residence’s quirks weren’t relegated to the supplies. By means of a mix of presidency funding sources, an try to reinvent the manufacturing cycle for houses, and a novel distribution plan, the Lustron residence helps clarify how housing does — and doesn’t — work in America.
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