August 15, 2010Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Mid-Century Modern Lustron Pre-Fab Home For Sale
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!
A vanity to die for.
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!!