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Robert Hardy House

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1949, Lustron Corporation. 59 Chellman St., West Roxbury.
  • Robert Hardy House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The Lustron Corporation of Columbus, Ohio, manufactured prefabricated porcelain enamel houses to meet postwar housing demand. In March 1949, Vern M. Oech erected 59 Chellman Street, one of three surviving Lustron houses in the Boston area, and sold it to Robert and Helen Hardy. The Hardys added the two-car Lustron garage in September. The light blue baked enamel design is the popular Westchester two-bedroom, created by Blass and Beckman, architects of Wilmette, Illinois. The all-metal design included porcelain enamel walls and built-in shelves and cabinets. The Beacon Construction Company erected nearby a second Westchester model in 1949 at 80 Lyall Street. New Century Homes constructed the third Lustron home, also in 1949, at 22 Payson Road, just across the Boston city line in Brookline.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan



  • 1949


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Keith N. Morgan, "Robert Hardy House", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 272-272.

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