12 very hard working community service participants helped with a very interesting project, on Saturday. They cleaned up the last known Lustron House in Mount Vernon, on West Lamartine Street. The house is owned by the Knox County Landmarks Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the County’s historic sites.
Lustron Houses were built in Whitehall, Ohio, from 1947-1950, to meet the post-war housing shortage. Made entirely of porcelain coated surplus steel, these unique houses were all metal. Each house was individually numbered and came disassembled on a truck in about 3,300 pieces. It took about 30 days to assemble houses on site. The Lustron Corporation made about 2,500 houses and only about 1,000 still survive.