How the U.S. Government Waged War Against the House of Tomorrow

Matt Novak:

The house of tomorrow — the miracle, push-button, prefabricated house of the future — was on its way even before WWII began. These promises were a hold-over of pent up desires left simmering and unfulfilled during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The legendary World’s Fairs of 1933 in Chicago and 1939 in New York gave Americans a look at the house of the future, and after years of toil and sacrifice, luxury was surely coming soon. Or so they were told.

As Americans became more and more confident of victory in WWII during the war’s later years of 1944 and 1945, cracks started to appear.

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