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Mistakes in reports:

"..And built-ins: cabinets in the kitchen, a bookcase in the living room, a pass-thru in the dining room and a vanity in the master bedroom. All of these features, not to mention the outside and inside walls and roof, were all made of porcelain enamel on steel." (-Not true. All of these mentioned 'features' are just painted steel.)

Movie "Tucker" mistake:

Movie says that Strandlund got the building that Tucker lost in court. -Not True.  Strandlund wanted that building, but Tucker already had it, and wouldn't share. Strandlund's second choice was an almost new aircraft plant in Columbus Ohio. Wison Wyatt persuaded the war Assets Administration to lease this plant to Strandlund at $425,000 a year.

Nick-Names:

TILE HOUSE
METAL HOUSE
HEAVY METAL HOUSE
TIN HOUSE
STEEL HOUSE
WAR HOUSE
FANNY MAY HOUSE

Problems:

Doors make noise, fall off
Broken door latches
Bad drafts
No air filtration
No dryer duct exit
No bathrom fan
Windows leak
Window cranks stripped out
Leaky bathroom walls
Holes in walls
Won't hold paint
No grounded outlets
Musty
Floor sunk. High footings.
Can't hardly modify/change

Good:

Nice and cool in summer
Easy to clean
Cute
Geometric asthetics
Magnet collecting
In great shape for 50 years old!

FACTS:

  • 2,498 were built, although serial numbers were reported as high as 2512.
  • 3,000 pieces, one custom made delivery truck.
  • Built in 350 hours.
  • A two-bedroom Lustron with 1,025 square feet of space cost about $7,000 in 1948, making it competitive with similarly sized wood-framed houses. However, cost overruns forced Strandlund
    to raise the price to $11,000 soon after they started coming off the assembly lines.
  • 12 tons of steel
  • Several pastel colors -- Pink, Tan, Yellow, Aqua, Blue, Green and Gray
  • The houses are grounded by large cables for protection in electrical storms -- though lightning isn't much of a concern, since the structure can't catch fire.

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Picture of a very odd Lustron.  Perhaps a prototype model? Note strange windows, odd wall vent on porch, and overall small size.

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Rare, smaller two bedroom layout. I haven't seen pictures of this model anywhere.

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One of the three bedroom Lustron layouts.

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A couple of variations on the three bedroom Lustron.

Picture of a Lustron with matching garage.

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Indiana Historic Home/Museum.

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Cartoons of The Era-

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"It's just ordinary pine. You won't be able to get imitation wood until 1948."

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"They said something about a perfect example of an integrated, demountable, prefabricated dwelling unit."

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"Well we're DATED; -that abstractionist next door built his house in space-time!"

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"Well, what kept you? The plumbing contractor has come and gone."

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