Carlisle Area Historical Society

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Save the Lustron Home

October 25 news

The rain has delayed the work on the site for the Lustron Home. Dirt work is finally (almost) complete. The last step will be building dirt ramps leading up onto the slab to enable the mover to back the house up onto the site but that cannot happen until after the footings and slab have been poured. The delay moves our window for moving the house to the third week of November. Actually that may be beneficial as the ground should be firmer then!

Donations and pledges toward the project amount to over $18,000. but a significant amount more will be needed.

We have set levels of giving for those who would like to donate or pledge. Please    donate today to ave this iconic home for future generations.

Use the Pay Pal button on our donation page or mail check to CAHS P.O. Box 137 Carlisle, IA 50047

Friend $1-$499

Partner $500-$999

Advocate $1,000-$4,999

Benefactor $5,000-$9,999

Sponsor $10,000 and over


The old house is gone. The site has been prepped and is ready for the slab to be poured. The Lustron House interior walls are being dissembled to prepare for the move.

Tentative date for the move is October 29th but we are expecting rain for the next several days and this may delay the project.

To date we are about 1/2 way to our fundraising goal. Donation and pledges have come in totaling over $17,000 but some costs are difficult to estimate. How many man hours to remove the needed interior panels? Will that go smoothly? How about the reassembly, the panels are 70 years old and may be difficult to put back. Costs could go over the anticipated budget and we need your help. There is a PayPal button on our Donate page or you can mail checks to P.O. Box 137 Carlisle, IA 50047.

Carlisle is home to a unique post WWII home that is becoming rarer every day. The Lustron Corporation designed the all steel, pre-fab home as an answer to the GI housing crises that occurred after the war ended. GIs came home, married their sweethearts and started families but few homes had been built over the war years and housing was in short supply. 
A Lustron Home could be sent on a truck from the factory and erected on a slab in as little as two or three days. Each home was made up of a series of panels that are bolted together. All enameled steel they are rust proof, pest proof homes that could last forever! Think about it. No maintenance except a simple wash down with the garden hose. No roof repair. No painting! Truly the home of the future.
Unfortunately due to some bad business decisions and the economics of the times the company went out of business after producing only about 4000 of the remarkable homes. Fewer than 2000 are left world-wide and many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Only three exist in Warren County. 
This Westchester model #00864 was erected by Cloy Waters in 1948. The home was later occupied by Corda James, Scott James grandmother. She lived there for many years. The house sits at 210 School Street. You have probably driven past it numerous times without even knowing its history. Currently it is owned by the school system and they need to have to space for future expansion. It is being donated to the Carlisle Area Historical Society but must be moved. If we do not save it then it will be destroyed. Thanks to Pete Peterson we have an area on our campus where it can be placed. The house on the corner of 2nd and Penn will be burned later this month. Then work needs to be done on the site. We will also need to hire a company to move the home. All told this project could cost upwards of $30,000 and would be a unique addition to our complex and a feather in the cap of our small town to have this one of a kind home. We need your help. Donate today by mailing a check to CAHS P.O. Box 137 Carlisle, IA 50047 or   clicking the PayPal button on our donate page. We are a federally recognized non profit and all donations are fully tax deductible. Look for upcoming fundraising events and other ways you can help.