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House in a Box: Prefabricated Housing 1900-1960

Cynthia Johnson and Rachel M. Kennedy

“Imagine selecting a house from a catalogue and having it deleivered in a package complete with windows, doors, trim, and roofing material ready for assembly. The iddea of recieving a house in a box may seem unusual, but surprisingly thereare houses in twentieth century neighborhoods that orginally arrived in such a bundle. Prefabriated houses, though modest in scale with few distinguishing characteristics to make them noticeable in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the country, actually contributed greatly to twentieth century American domestic architecture. What makes prefabricated housing significant in American cultural history?”

 

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