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Circa 1950 Kentucky Lustron Home For Sale $35K
June 11, 2022/
OHU50K Notes. $35,000
Well, someone doesn’t know what they’ve got here. It’s a Lustron home! The realtor couldn’t even be bothered to include interior pics, but if you click here, you’ll see what the original interior of the house should look like if it hasn’t been adulterated. The realtor states that our featured home is a fixer upper, so who knows?
The prefab, enameled steel, Lustron homes were introduced in 1948 in response to the need of housing after WWII. Our featured home today is the blue two-bedroom Westchester model. The Westchester is easily recognized by its notched porch outside of the living room. You can date the Westchester design by the bedroom windows. The earliest homes had pairs of small slit windows set high on the wall. In 1949 and 1950, they changed to the larger single window design that this home has.
In most cases, like our featured home, the foundation was a basic concrete slab. Windows were casement with aluminum sashes, and the skeleton framing of the house was steel. Porcelain steel panels formed the siding, interior walls and roof. The Westchester’s exterior came in four colors: surf blue, dove gray, maize yellow and desert tan.
Lustron homes like this one sold from the factory for about $7,500. By the time a foundation, erection costs and other fees were added, the total could amount to $10,000. At a time when similar-sized frames homes were going for $6,500 complete, $10K seemed a high price to pay for a small, plain looking house. Although about 2,500 Lustron homes were sold, the company soon folded.