There are a few unique metal homes in Mitchell, South Dakota. If you didn’t know what you’re looking for you may just drive right past them. These little ranch style homes are one of the results of the housing boom that followed World War II.
In 1949 and 1950 almost 2500 of these home were built. They were designed to be a maintenance free, rodent proof and fire proof home. Everything is porcelain-enameled steel panels. The roof, the walls (inside and out) are all metal. There where nearly 25,000 of these home on order when the manufacturer declared bankruptcy in 1950 – only about 10% of those were built.
There are about four of these homes in Mitchell. They are located near Dakota Wesleyan University – near the junction of Mitchell Blvd and Foss Place. They are all private homes, so just enjoy them from the street. If you want to learn more about Lustrons, including interior photos visit the Lustron Connection.