The Lustron Locator is a searchable database of Lustron Homes. Information contained in the database includes location, model type, color and historic designation.
Why the Lustron Locator?
Documentation is a key part of the historic preservation process. In order to preserve and protect the remaining Lustrons, it is important to know where they are. It is estimated that approximately 2500 homes were manufactured by the Lustron Corporation before the company closed in 1950. It is unknown exactly how many of these homes were actually produced and of these, how many survive and in what condition. It is hoped that the Lustron Locator can change that by: establishing an accurate count of all the Lustrons erected in the United States, documenting the existing condition of remaining Lustrons, and identifying threatened, demolished and disassembled Lustrons.
The Locator is easily searchable, providing Lustron owners, historians, State Historic Preservation Offices, researchers, Preservation Commissions, potential Lustron buyers, and the general public with a means to search for specific Lustrons in their town or state, or around the country. By linking the Locator information to a Google map, users can finally see the geographic distribution of Lustrons in the United States, and identify them by their location, color, model type, or condition.
Your Help is Needed!
You play a critical role in this effort to track the elusive Lustron! The Locator database was created from a variety of sources including: the Lustron Locator, lists provided by State Historic Preservation Office and beta testers.
Although we strive for accuracy, not all the information in the database has been “field verified.” Perhaps you have discovered an elusive Lustron that is not already listed in the database or discovered an entry that isn’t accurate. Help us by correcting or expanding existing entries, or adding your information to the Lustron Locator. Start by searching the Locator for an address. If that Lustron is already entered, check the information to verify its accuracy. Since the information comes from a number of different sources, there may be errors. If you spot any, or want to add new information to the entry, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what needs to be changed. To start a search, click here.
Make a New Entry
If “your” Lustron isn’t listed, you login (link), create a user ID and add a Lustron to the Locator—just fill in the fields with the appropriate information. If you already have a login ID, click here to create a new database entry.
Angie Boesch began the task of tracking Lustrons several years ago using her ‘Lustron Locator,’ a searchable, on-line listing of Lustrons that she created to compile and verify reported property locations. Her diligent efforts laid the foundation for our Lustron Database. We couldn’t have done it without her.