Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For
- 2004 CINE Golden Eagle Award. People and Places category
- 2003 Regional Emmy, Documentary Program
WOSU TV was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For. The award was won in the People and Places category and announced at the 45th Annual CINE Golden Eagle Awards Gala at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. The one-hour documentary tells the story of Chicago inventor, Carl Strandlund, and his crusade to revolutionize homebuilding by mass-producing steel houses —100 each day — on an assembly line.
Post-WWΙΙ, America experienced economic woes and massive housing shortages. President Harry S. Truman believed the time was ripe for an entirely new industry — prefabricated and manufactured housing. Carl Strandlund stepped up to the plate. While the Lustron house — a one-story, gabled-roof ranch with a bay window and side porch — looked like other postwar-era dwellings, behind its traditional façade lay hopes and expectations for a new era in American housing.