Americans at Home

The arc of the Great American Dream since the Second World War

.........a project by

 

                                         Charles Mintz

This artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2015

 

Lustron Corporation manufactured porcelain baked enamel coated, all steel houses between 1948 and 1950 in Columbus OH. Virtually everything, exterior, roof, interior walls, cabinets and ceilings were made out of the stuff. The house was shipped to site on a specially designed trailer and assembled by local contractors.

 

Lustron Homes are among the most successful examples of the Modernist ideal of using industrial techniques to create affordable housing.

 

Lustron is long gone, but about 1500 of the 2500 are still in use. This project set out to discover who lives in these homes 65 years later? It is a journey through the Great American Dream after the Second World War. It is a tale of people who live in modest homes, most of which were two bedrooms and one bath, just under 1100 square feet.

 

Copyright 2015 - Charles J. Mintz