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|Title:||Lustron Corporation Collection|
|Abstract:||This collection contains materials pertaining to the Lustron prefabricated home building company of the late 1940s.|
|Quantity:||.03 linear feet (5 folders)|
|Collection Number:||MG 1677|
At the end of World War II, America faced a severe housing shortage due to the large number of troops returning from Europe and the Pacific. In response to this need, the government explored the idea of the mass production of prefabricated homes. Of the various companies involved in the building of these homes, Columbus, Ohio-based Lustron Corporation manufactured homes made of porcelain-enameled steel and became one of the most successful in the process. Lustron was unrivaled in scale and became the standard for the factory made house. The creator of this inexpensive housing option was Carl Strandlund (1899-1974), a Swedish-born American inventor and entrepreneur. Lustron's success was shortlived, however, due to several factors including company mismanagement and corruption, and the company went bankrupt in 1950.
Of the 2498 homes that Lustron produced between 1949 and 1950, there were supposedly 16 manufactured in New Jersey. There are 2 known existing homes in Bergen County, the Harold Hess House in Closter and the Hiorth House in Alpine. In 2000 Preservation New Jersey listed the remaining Lustron homes on its list of most endangered historic sites. Lustron homes in other states have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and some have been turned into house museums.
This collection contains materials about the homes manufactured by the Lustron Company and the efforts taken to preserve these homes, as well as other sites in New Jersey. The majority of the documents in the collection are photocopies of original documents. There is information concerning the origins of the Lustron Company as well as information about historic preservation. This collection also contains a number of official documents from the National Register of Historic Places concerning various Lustron houses and properties. There is also an Y2K edition of the "The Lustron Home" book which features copies of articles about Lustron. This collection also contains an audiocassette of an interview with Lustron homeowner Harold Hess conducted by Michele Boyd.
|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Historic buildings--New Jersey|
|Historic preservation--New Jersey|
|Prefabricated houses--New Jersey.|
|Bergen County (N.J.)|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1677, Lustron Corporation Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Michelle Boyd, 2004.
"Lustron house." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 17 Jul 2006, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 21 Sep 2006. <hhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lustron_house=64219139>
Preservation New Jersey. 21 Septmember 2006. <http://www.preservationnj.org/>
|1||1||Historic Preservation documents||2000-2001|
|1||2||National Register of Historic Places related documents (Continuation Sheets, Pictures, Forms)||1999-2000|
|1||3||Information about Lustron Company and construction of homes||1949-2001|
|1||4||"The Lustron Home special Y2K edition" binder of photocopied articles on Lustron houses||2000|
|1||5||Audiocassette of interview with Harold Hess (owner of Lustron home) of Closter, NJ, conducted by Michele Boyd (Two Sessions)||2000-2001|
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