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UER Forum > US: Mid-Atlantic > Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For (Viewed 1188 times)
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Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, Lustrons were stainless steel prefab houses manufactured from 1947 to 1950. About two and a half thousand were built, and around two thousand still stand. There's maybe a dozen or so within easy driving distance from my house, and I've visited and photographed all the ones near me. I'd never been inside one, though, until a couple weeks ago, when I found out that this one is vacant.

1. Exterior. Damn near everything you can see here is steel or glass (and what looks like an addition out back is actually a separate building).



2. Living room. Likewise almost everything here is steel too. If you wanted to hang something on the wall, you used a magnet rather than a picture hook.



3. Dining room. I know that built in cabinet sort of looks like it might be wood, but that's rust.



4. Bedroom.



If you want to know more about Lustrons, this Wikipedia entry is a good place to start: https://en.wikiped...wiki/Lustron_house

And there was a great documentary made years ago (and where I borrowed the thread title): http://lustron.org/index.htm




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1000 square feet and no way to fix a wall if its dented? Pass.




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1000 square feet and no way to fix a wall if its dented? Pass.


Liquid N2.
Or hang a picture, piece of furniture, etc.
Or bragging rights; that where I slammed that bastard into the wall!


Excellent find, story and shots, Punchy

Thank you for sharing this.
The still existing ones speaks volumes of their longevity and popularity.




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I certainly wouldn't live there, but great to photograph! They must rust pretty quickly in our humid mid-atlantic climate. Everything looks so... linear. Do you know how long this one's been abandoned?




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1000 square feet and no way to fix a wall if its dented? Pass.

Haha. There's actually one for sale near me, and I've seriously considered making an offer on it. The house I live in now is only 1,100 square feet...

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Excellent find, story and shots, Punchy

Thanks!

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Do you know how long this one's been abandoned?

I don't know for sure, but definitely since 2011 and possibly as far back as the mid-90s.




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What are the ceiling tiles made of?
A very cool piece of post WW2 history




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How interesting !

I never heard of this type of home!
Thanks for this enlightening post.

I would not think this very warm however....everything steel is kinda odd to me lol




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Reminds me of the houses in Fallout. They were built like that.




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What are the ceiling tiles made of?

They're enameled stainless steel, just like the interior and exterior walls.

Posted by leafloving4x4gal
I would not think this very warm however....everything steel is kinda odd to me lol

Haha, probably not. The radiant heating system relied on hot air blown into an enclosed space above the ceiling. The Wikipedia article says that "in cold regions, the ceiling's radiant heat systems were often replaced."




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do they get hot in the summer?




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They're enameled stainless steel, just like the interior and exterior walls.


Haha, probably not. The radiant heating system relied on hot air blown into an enclosed space above the ceiling. The Wikipedia article says that "in cold regions, the ceiling's radiant heat systems were often replaced."


Very durable and unique. Not much sound deadening though and bass music would rattle the whole house

A radiant heating system in the floor would have worked much better




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do they get hot in the summer?

Probably no more so than any other house, but they didn't come with AC. Most of the ones that I've seen have some sort of window unit air conditioner jammed into one of the windows or a hole cut in the wall.




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Wow, really cool post. I've seen these homes around in some of the older suburbs of Virginia. I never knew the name or history behind them. Your inside photos are great!




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Reminds me of the houses in Fallout. They were built like that.


This thought came to me as well. It would make sense, given the Lustron history. Another reason to appreciate Bethesda ;)




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Wow, really cool post. I've seen these homes around in some of the older suburbs of Virginia. I never knew the name or history behind them. Your inside photos are great!

Thanks! I saw my first Lustrons when I moved to NC way back in the '80s. There used to be a pretty good Lustron Locator online database that would tell you where to find them, but it seems to have gone dormant. The next best thing, I guess, is this list of Lustrons on Wikipedia, but it's nowhere near complete.

https://en.wikiped..._of_Lustron_houses




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Another the only reason to appreciate Bethesda ;)


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Very cool




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Thanks for the little bit of info on them, this is pretty cool




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During the mid century / post war boom there were sone super rad prefab and catalog homes, I was unfamiliar with these, thanks for sharing.




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