August 13, 2008
Cover Story

The Summer 2008 newsletter of docomomo_us features a cover story by Kimberly Alverez on Lustrons, their history, and efforts to preserve them around the country.

July 31, 2008
Arlington’s Lustron is the Story of the Week!

Read more about the exhibition and the installation of the Arlington Lustron at MoMA in Preservation Magazine‘s recent story on Preservation On-line. 

July 21, 2008
Disassembling a Virginia Lustron + “The Lustron Legacy” video

Learn how Arlington County, VA, disassembled the Krowne Lustron house for storage and reassembly in, “The Illustrious Lustron: A Guide for the Disassembly and Preservation of America’s Modern Metal Marvel,” by Cynthia Liccese-Torres and Kim A. O’Connell. Plus, watch a short documentary on the project!

July 21, 2008
Lustrons featured in new MoMa exhibition

The Krowne Lustron from Arlington County, VA, is currently being featured in the MoMa exhibition, “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling”.

Welcome to Lustron Preservation!

Your clearinghouse for Lustron information!

“One of the most-talked-about and least-understood products of twentieth-century technology-along with the atomic bomb-is the prefabricated house!”

The Prefabricated House: A Practical Guide for the Prospective Buyer, 1947

The Lustron House was an innovative solution to the post-WWII housing crisis. Many thought the porcelain enamel clad wonder would be the General Motors of the housing industry. Production began in 1948, but by 1950 production problems and a corruption scandal brought it to a halt. The factory was closed and the equipment sold or scrapped. All in all, only about 2,680 of these unique homes were built. Sadly, it is estimated that only 1,500 of these unique homes survive today. Each year, dozens more are lost to demolition, neglect, and unsympathetic changes and alterations.

Lustron Preservation, an initiative of the Ohio Historical Society, was created to help ensure that the Lustron legacy is preserved for future generations by creating a centralized source of first-rate technical information for Lustron owners and aficionados. The site is packed full of useful information, from trivia tidbits to high-quality information on how to care for your little porcelain enameled home. Here for the first time, we have assembled a veritable plethora of AMAZING features.

  • Plagued by vexing repair problems? Interested in learning more about getting your Lustron Listed in the National Register or locally designated? HELP FOR LUSTRONS is where you can find answers.
  • Have a hankering to hob-nob with other Lustron owners and aficionados? Pull up a chair and have a seat in the LUSTRON LOUNGE
  • Want to curl up with a good PDF? The LUSTRON LIBRARY is chock full of articles, pictures, ads, and even a downloadable copy of the elusive Erection Manual.
  • Share photos of your fabulous Lustron, regale fellow “netizens” with amusing stories of your life inside a lunch box? You can create your very own LUSTRON SCRAPBOOK here.
  • Longing to find the find the locations of Lustrons in your state? Visit our LUSTRON LOCATOR where you can find Lustrons, add your own or others.
  • Interested in buying a Lustron or selling a Lustron or just looking for parts? Visit BUY/SELL for hints and tips on how to find a Lustron to buy, sell a Lustron or find parts for your Lustron.

It’s all here! Enoy!