Lustron House documents
Collection number: ahc.MSS815f
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and documents pertaining to the William R. and Ruth Knight Lustron historical home, Jafra Incorporated of Georgia, and the Lustron Corporation. Materials include copies of fact sheets about the construction of the houses, aerial layouts, by-laws, franchise agreements, and planning guides.
- 1949-2001, undated
- Jafra Incorporated of Georgia (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
Carl Gunnar Strandlund (1899-1974), an engineer who held over 150 patents for farm implements, was born in Sundsvall, Sweden and raised in Moline, Illinois. In response to the housing shortage at the end of World War II, he developed the Lustron house, an all-steel, prefabricated, bungalow-style home. Chicago architects, Roy Burton Blass (1907-1981) and Morris H. Beckman (1911-2003) helped develop the prototypes. In 1946 the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) loaned $12.5 million dollars to help finance the Lustron Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. As the business continued to grow, Lustron created a network of dealerships across the country in order to distribute the homes. The Atlanta metro area franchise dealer was William R. Knight (1898-1996), a local real estate agent and the founder and president of Jafra Incorporated of Georgia. Knight also purchased a home, one of only ten Lustron houses built in the Atlanta area. The William R. and Ruth Knight Lustron House is located at 1976 Northside Drive in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and was listed on March 18, 1996, on the National Register of Historic Places for Fulton County, Georgia. Due to overrunning costs and production problems, the RFC foreclosed on the Lustron Corporation in 1950.
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2018.
- Lustron House documents
- Louanne Heintz
- September 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.