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On steel-framed housing. Produced by Jam Handy for the Stran-Steel Division, Great Lakes Steel Corporation.

Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other...


The Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition was part of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The Fair's theme that year was a Century of Progress, and celebrated man's innovations in architecture, science, technology and transportation. The "Homes of Tomorrow" exhibition was one of the most noteworthy exhibits of the Fair, and showcased man's modern innovations in architecture, design, and building materials.

In addition to several unique art deco and contemporary designs for a dozen model homes, futuristic home furnishings and accoutrements such as a personal helicopter pad were anticipated. Several architects and firms used the model homes to demonstrate their techniques for the pre-fabricated home and new materials. Baked enamel and Rostone — a man-made type of masonry that could be molded into specific shapes and produced in various colors — were hailed as affordable and durable home construction options.

The following homes were showcased in the exhibit which ran the duration of the fair:

- Weiboldt-Rostone House, Walter Schuler, Architect

- Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House and Stran-Steel Garden Home, O'Dell & Wirt C. Rowland, Architects

- House of Tomorrow, George Fred Keck, Architect
- Masonite House: Frazier & Raftery, Architects
- Armco Ferro Enamel Frameless Steel House, Robert Smith, Jr. Architect
- House for Brick Manufacturers Association of America: Andrew N. Rebori, Architect
- Florida Tropical House, Robert Law Weed, Architect
- American Forest Products & Lumber Industries House: Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. Architect
- General House, Inc., Howard T. Fisher, Architect
- Design for Living Home, John C.B. Moore and Horsley & Wood, Architects
- Cypress Log Cabin
- Universal Houses' Country Home...


Thatcher Homes were a post–World War II housing complex set up in Norwood Park Township in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

During the last half of the 1940s... the U.S. Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Housing Administration and authorizing it to contract with local authorities to construct temporary veterans housing. Under this authorization, the Chicago Housing Authority contracted to lease a parcel of land from the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The area in Norwood Park Township northwest of Chicago, between Montrose Ave. on the north and Berteau Ave. on the south and between Thatcher Ave. on the east and Pueblo Ave. (later renamed Cumberland Ave.) on the west, was designated as one of those temporary housing sites and was named Thatcher Homes.

The agency contracted with Stran-Steel, a Division of Great Lakes Steel Corporation, and Kimberly-Clark, maker of recently declassified Kimsul insulation, to erect approximately 184 units patterned after the Nissen Quonset Hut... the plan was later modified to include approximately 57 barracks-like structures with straight walls. While the Quonsets were built over plywood floors on steel joists placed directly on the ground, the barracks were slightly elevated on wooden joists over an 18 – 24” crawl space which aided in heating them during the winter months.

Construction began in 1946 and was completed before the end of 1947 when the first families began to move in. The external construction utilized corrugated sheet steel for roofs and siding while the portions which contacted the ground were covered with a 3/16” thick asbestos shingle which measured 2’ x 4’...

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