Guide to the Lustron Corporation Collection 1949-2001MG 1677

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note:

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Container List

Lustron Documents

Guide to the Lustron Corporation Collection 1949-2001MG 1677Processed by Evan Panayi.

Guide to the Lustron Corporation Collection
1949-2001
MG 1677



The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
© 2006 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Processed by Evan Panayi.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. August 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lustron Corporation
Title: Lustron Corporation Collection
Dates 1949-2001
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

Historical Note:

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.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Content Note

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.

Return to the Table of Contents


Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Organizations:
Lustron Corporation
Subject Topics:
Construction industry.
Dwellings--New Jersey
Historic buildings--New Jersey
Historic preservation--New Jersey
Prefabricated houses--New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Alpine (N.J.)
Bergen County (N.J.)
Closter (N.J.)
Document Types:
Audiocassettes.
Letters (Correspondence)
Photocopies.
Programs.

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1677, Lustron Corporation Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michelle Boyd, 2004.

Return to the Table of Contents


Bibliography

"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/>

Return to the Table of Contents


Container List

 

Lustron Documents

Box Folder Title Date
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

Return to the Top of Page

Submit a request to copy part of this collection

back

The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place - Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-8500 - Fax: (973) 596-6957
Contact NJHS
Copyright © 2001, The New Jersey Historical Society
Our Privacy Policy - Site Map