Post World War Two Housing

"Post World War Two Housing" is intended for use by the students attending the class, "Is There Anybody Home? A Look at Post World War II American Domestic Architecture".


See the class description below.


Materials contained here will be available as handouts in class.

Class Description

Is There Anybody Home?

A Look at Post-World War II American Domestic Architecture

This class will look at the U.S. post-war housing shortage and discuss what caused it and what Americans did about it. When soldiers returned home from World War II, many had trouble finding a place to live. To address this housing crisis, Americans were forced to find innovative and creative solutions. Prefabricated homes and others built with unusual materials were among them. The Lustron House, a prefabricated, all-metal house, is a prime example. There were five Lustrons built in Macomb in 1949. The class will view clips from vintage WWII-era films featuring the Lustron House and will discuss its architectural features and benefits. Maximum enrollment: 24.

Class sessions: Wednesdays, March 23 & 30

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 E. Jackson Street

Parking: At the site

Cost: $5.00