Insights on ’50s Residential Architecture

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The first stop on the tour features Gunnison and Lustron homes at the corner of Lakeside and Winston streets. The second stop will tour a Lustron home on Dover Road. Gunnison and Lustron houses were designed to solve mid-century affordable housing shortages through the use of modular kit-construction. The final stop on the tour will look at one family’s addition to their 1954 ranch-style house on Chamberry Lane.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Amelia Armstrong, who is currently completing her master’s degree at the University of Kentucky College of Design’s Department of Historic Preservation, will lead a presentation and tour at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference in Louisville on Thursday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 2.

Armstrong will facilitate discussions regarding prefabricated and contemporary ranch-style houses built between 1930 and 1955 in Louisville. The field session will review the history of the homes and how families have adjusted them for present-day use. Regional experts, including UK College of Design professors Mark O’Bryan and Greg Luhan, will discuss three different building types: Gunnison, Lustron and contemporary ranch-style houses.

The first stop on the tour features Gunnison and Lustron homes at the corner of Lakeside and Winston streets. The second stop will tour a Lustron home on Dover Road. Gunnison and Lustron houses were designed to solve mid-century affordable housing shortages through the use of modular kit-construction. The final stop on the tour will look at one family’s addition to their 1954 ranch-style house on Chamberry Lane.

The sites will be part of a bus and walking tour from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 and from 1:45 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 2. Admission to the Field Session requires conference registration and an event ticket. More information is available online.


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