Lustron Homes in South Bend: Metal Houses from the 1940s

by Nick Molnar on October 25, 2009

Recently architects have been working on plans for stylish pre-fab houses built out of things like shipping containers or that are easy to install after disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The idea is to make possible an appealing house that is less expensive, more durable, and completed more quickly with less skilled labor than traditionally built homes.

This is not a new idea. After World War II, Carl Strandlund developed a mostly metal home, the Lustron House that ¬†was built on an assembly line, delivered on a truck, and promised to “defy weather, wear and time.”

The Lustron Corporation quickly ended in bankruptcy, but there are three Lustrons in South Bend. Here is a photo of one on Mishawaka Avenue.

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Barb October 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Not the prettiest home I’ve seen. Guess that was not the thought behind his idea though.


Captain Bob January 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

Interesting idea. We have one in our small town, Gahanna, OH on Hamilton Rd.


Dustin May 14, 2017 at 3:03 am

There are 4 still remaining in South Bend and this one on Mishawaka Avenue. The 5th house, near Notre Dame, was removed.


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