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August 15, 2010

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Mid-Century Modern Lustron Pre-Fab Home For Sale

By RetroRuth

Well, hello there readers!  Not expecting me today, were you??  Well, I BEGGED Sablemable to give me a shot at this week’s WYBMN because I stumbled on a honey of a gem of a fun find. 

A Lustron home for sale in in Hays, Kansas! This gorgeous pre-fab home is ultra-mid-century modern, if that is even a term, which I am pretty sure it is now.

This cute baby is for sale by Steve.  It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and he is asking $85,000.  The fun site he created for the home is here, and you should check it out.  Not only does he have more pics of the house, but information on the Lustron line and some sweet vintage pictures. And I couldn’t resist posting a few of the more adorable bits here on this site.

A little bit of background on this one.  The Lustron homes were created by Carl Strandlund, a Swedish-born designer living in the US.  His vision was to create a mass-produced house made entirely of steel.  The Lustron homes were produced in Ohio from 1948-1951, when the company went bankrupt.  Only 2,500 homes were produced by the company, which makes this fun home even more unique. 

The house was described in a 2008 exhibit of the history of pre-fabricated homes in the US  in MOMA:

[The home] consisted of a concrete foundation and steel skeleton frame topped by trusses. All internal divisions are pre-fabricated modular units that double as shelving, cabinetry, closets, dressers and vanities, and the exterior is clad in porcelain-enameled steel panels.  The entire house was designed to pack flat for arrival on a Lustron truck. Assembly took approximately eight days with half-dozen workers.

So, after that fun intro, here is Steve’s house.  And his ultra-awesome collection of mid-century furniture and accents. Great job, Steve!

Close-up of the exterior.

The living room.  Notice the metal walls!

The dining room.  That view kills me, and I adore the light.

You know I love a cute kitchen!

Master bedroom.

A vanity to die for.

Guest room.

Another view of the guest room, so we can appreciate the coolness of the linens and the hotness of that Thermos collection. Love it.

So, anyone decided to move to Hays yet??? Be sure to check out Steve’s site for more pictures and a ton more information on Lustron.  Thanks, Steve!!

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7 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Mid-Century Modern Lustron Pre-Fab Home For Sale

  1. Lidian Reply

    August 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Oh, I definitely want this house! If only we could just pull up and move. If only we didn’t need at least 3 bedrooms! That vanity is incredible. And the dining room!

    Huge sigh. Thank you so much for posting all the pics – I love the scans of the article about the Lustron houses, I had never heard of them before.

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    August 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Oh yeah! We are totally moving to Hays now! 🙂 What a great house, I love those Lustron’s – and great price too! Great find Ruth, thanks for the post!

  3. Andrea Reply

    August 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, absolutely gorgeous! I am dying over the vanity and the kitchen really is so so cute!

  4. Meghan Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I love the dining room and vanity. His site says the kitchen cabinets are new – anyone recognize them? Are they IKEA?

  5. sablemable Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    OMG!!!!!! I never knew of these homes before! The exterior reminds me of a building in our downtown that had blue metal panels on the front. Wonder if it was Lustron?

    Great post, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth!

  6. Barbara Reply

    August 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I like retro homes, but not this one. Metal walls? No thanks!

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