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Thursday, 29 October 2015 15:39

Photos: Lustron home living

Written by  CSI Media news staff
The Shimer family’s Lustron home is small in square footage but big on character, said Karina Shimer, pictured above in October 2015 outside the Lake Geneva home. The all-steel home is among some 2,500 of the prefabricated dwellings built in the late 1940s. The Shimer family’s Lustron home is small in square footage but big on character, said Karina Shimer, pictured above in October 2015 outside the Lake Geneva home. The all-steel home is among some 2,500 of the prefabricated dwellings built in the late 1940s. Terry Mayer/staff

Lustron homes, made of square enameled steel panels — known as Lustron for its “luster on steel” — were the brainchild of Illinois inventor Carl Strandlund.

He thought Lustrons could be built quickly during a post-World War II housing boom that saw scores of veterans returning to the states, marrying and starting families in their own new homes.

A grand total of 2,553 Lustrons were built between 1948 and 1950, before the company, tied up in financial and political difficulties, filed for bankruptcy.

About 120 remain in Wisconsin today. Photos by Dan Plutchak and Terry Mayer. STORY

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