Lustron House

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1949–1950. 47 Highland St.

In Westover, a small municipality next to Morgantown, there is a neat little enclave of three Lustron houses. All three are set back about twenty-five feet from the sidewalk, with the longer facade facing the street. Older residences surround No. 47, the northernmost residence of the three Lustrons and a model for the Morgantown area. This Lustron is a Deluxe (02) version; its 1,093 square feet sit slab on grade. The end-gable structure’s original distinctively tiled green roof was still extant in the first decade of the twenty-first century but it has since been replaced with a slightly darker green metal-seamed roof. Originally Surf Blue, today the iconic square panels are covered white siding, but the home retains its pair of original matching front windows trimmed in green and the living room window’s slightly protruding bay. Although the original downspout with its zigzag decoration is gone, a no-frills replacement is located in its place at the corner of the front porch. From the front and sides, the house retains its original footprint and can still be recognized as a Lustron.

References

Fetters, Thomas T. The Lustron Home: The History of a Postwar Prefabricated Housing Experiment. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2002.

Jandl, H. Ward. “Lustron: The All-Metal Dream House.” In Yesterday’s Houses of Tomorrow: Innovative American Homes, 1850 to 1950, 183–199. Washington D.C.: Preservation Press, 1991.

“Lustron.” Ohio History Connection. Accessed November 2, 2021. https://www.ohiohistory.org/.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Rhonda L. Reymond
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  • 1947

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Rhonda L. Reymond, "Lustron House", [Westover, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-061-0006.

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