1950 Lustron – Oak Park, MI

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Added to OHD on 12/21/17   -   Last OHD Update: 11/3/19   -   35 Comments

23420 Oneida St, Oak Park, MI 48237

  • $79,900
  • 2 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1021 Sq Ft
If you are looking for a unique home here it is, a 1950 Lustron. Steel and porcelain frame and wall panels with a metal roof too. Original owners had this home delivered by truck in 1950 and are selling now for the first time. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1021 square feet. 2,500 of these homes were built in the USA in 1949 and 1950. 5 of them are in Oak Park with a few more in Ann Arbor. Own a piece of American home history with this very unique house.
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Kelly O'Meara, RE/MAX Eclipse,
(248) 792-2621


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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Ross for sharing!

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    • Ross says: 2524 comments

      And thank YOU, Kelly, for posting the house!

      The house is in unusually original condition. LOVE that it retains its vital original windows.

      I wrote about Lustron’s homes here:

      https://restoringross.com/a-lustron-in-emporia/

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      • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1771 comments
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        1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
        NC

        Three cheers for Ross for bringing us this house! It ought to be a museum, too fabulous. Original windows, yes, but my favorite thing is the perfect and perfectly original dressing table complete with wall mirrors. If it were human I’d give it a big smooch!

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  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Three homes to the left and the one on the right are Lustron homes too!

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  3. Marja says: 26 comments

    This has to be one of the most fascinating properties I’ve seen yet!

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  4. says: 76 comments

    I read that there are only 400 something left of these in the US? There are two in my small town of 10,000. They are both blue and look to be in very good condition. Neat little homes.

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  5. ddbacker says: 493 comments

    Steel walls, ceilings, cabinets. If it gets dirty, just hose it down!

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  6. Jeanne Smith says: 66 comments

    I pray that the person buying this keeps it in it’s original condition.

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  7. Mike says: 2 comments

    I have seen one in Albany NY

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  8. Mimi723 says: 4 comments

    Madison, Wis. has several Lustron homes. I’d love to have lived in one.

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  9. Sam Clonts` says: 1 comments

    For those interested in learning more about Lustron homes, there is a wealth of information on the web regarding Lustron homes that were built aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA after WWII. There was a small neighborhood of some 60 homes in an area called Geiger Hills ( named after Marine General Roy Geiger) overlooking the Potomac River. I was stationed on Quantico and well remember this unique little area.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/28/AR2007092802377.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/realestate/2002/02/23/a-door-closes-on-the-past/5b14ad5c-17b4-41e8-a328-6c9b562b6abe/?utm_term=.92c5cba9463f

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lustron_house

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    • Oli says: 62 comments

      Sam: interesting articles! I only wish I had read them 11 yrs ago- could have moved them to my land in NM and done vacation rentals. Its odd that the Quantico ones were listed in the National Register of Historic places and yet still were demolished- how does that work?

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    • Bethster says: 933 comments

      Sam: Thanks for those links. It’s awfully sad that just one of the Quantico homes ended up being “rescued.” The challenge of disassembling and then reassembling them must have been a big obstacle for a lot of folks. It’s too bad they couldn’t simply be moved like other houses. Since they were so small, they should have been relatively easy to transport.

      P.S. To my surprise, the 2002 WaPo article mentions a small grocery store that was just a couple of miles from where I grew up! “The Short Pump Grocery and Shell Station near Richmond [VA] survived demolition in 1996 when the Rockville Centreville Steam and Gas Association bought it for its ‘Field Days of the Past’ tourist complex. The association moved the building, built in the late 1930s and eligible for the National Register, four miles west to Goochland County.” The surrounding area had begun to be developed by ’96. It’s now become the sprawl of malls and traffic congestion known as Short Pump. 🙁

  10. Connie says: 24 comments

    There were two,of these in Mexico, MO, but they’re gone now. Very retro! Love it!

    • Oli says: 62 comments

      Connie: do you know when they were removed and what happened to them? Could be sitting at a scrapers somewhere? Maybe could find and piece back together? (I live in MO)

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  11. Jenni Smalley says: 7 comments

    we have at least two in des moines, iowa

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  12. Jbilly says: 45 comments

    The Ohio History Center has a Lustron fully restored and decked out inside their museum….I think a wee vacation is in order. They even have a Pop Culture Day coming up on January 6.

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  13. KentDLDKentDLD says: 17 comments
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    There is one on a main street here in my town. Amazingly, when it sold a few years ago, the new owner covered it with vinyl siding. It now sits empty.

  14. Oli says: 62 comments

    I saw one just like it in NW Indiana. So excited to see the inside. Love the pass thru kitchen and built ins. I love metal kitchens – and a whole house wow. So easy to keep clean. Very envious of the utility room. I wonder how acoustics are?

  15. Ken D. says: 81 comments

    Fascinating. One wonders how comfortable a metal house is during those Michigan winters.

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  16. GoddessOdd says: 335 comments

    I agree Ken, that was my first thought…metal is durable, but really transfers temperatures readily, so potentially freezing in the winter, sweltering in summer? I wonder how well insulated it is, and how noisy. I also wonder if there are any in Florida… I would think they would be rusted out in no time. This is just such a Jetson house, all it needs is a robot maid! I would love to visit one, check out the acoustics and soak up the retro vibe.

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  17. Oklahoma Houses By MailOklahoma Houses By Mail says: 87 comments
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    Tulsa, OK

    I believe Charles Mintz interviewed the owners for his book a few years ago. LUSTRON STORIES – AMERICANS AT HOME
    http://lenscratch.com/2015/02/charles-mintz/

  18. Brian M says: 8 comments

    I would guess that if you wanted to hang pictures you would use suction cups? I have never seen a home like this.

  19. Doreen says: 236 comments

    Somewhere out there in the ethers, there is a video (not the documentary that is on Youtube) about the tragic tale of the original manufacturer of these and how horrible the whole ordeal was “creating” these homes. I actually was so upset when I watched it that I had to leave the room.

  20. Faith says: 20 comments

    A friend lived in a Lustron home in Marengo, IL for years until about 3 years ago. She loved it but it could no longer comfortably hold her growing family. Still, she says she will always remember it fondly.

  21. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $79,900 from $120k.

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