Steel Yourselves: The Brief but Illustrious History of Lustron



The concept was simple: enamel-covered steel, prefabricated houses that would meet the surging post-war housing demand in the late 1940s. The stage was set for the Lustron corporation to change the American landscape forever. This hour we’ll discuss how a company that called itself “The House America’s Been Waiting For” ultimately got left behind.


  • Barb Powers, Head of Inventory and Registration and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office
  • Cameron Wood, curator at the Ohio Historical Society
  • Steve McLoughlin, President of the Whitehall Historical Society


Starting July 13, The Ohio History Center will feature a new exhibit - The 1950s: Building the American Dream


The Lustron Preservation Society’s website features an exhaustive guide to Lustron houses including location, preservation, original manuals, listservs and more.

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