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Armco-Ferro House

photo of a white cube shaped house sitting on a hill with stairs ledding up to it

Armco-Ferro House, Beverly Shores, taken in 1994 by Jack Boucher, Photographer, Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service. House designed by Cleveland architect Robert Smith Jr.

The Armco-Ferro House is the only remaining house from the fair that met the Fair Committee's design criteria; a house that could be mass-produced and was affordable for the average American family. This seemingly frameless house boasts a revolutionary construction system: corrugated steel panels that are bolted together. This system resembles a typical cardboard box; it could be placed on its bottom, side, or top without damaging the structure. The corrugated panels are clad with porcelain-enameled steel panels produced by the Ferro Enamel Corporation. This construction system later provided the inspiration for the post World War II prefabricated housing developed by the Lustron Corporation. Several Lustron houses can still be seen in Beverly Shores.
 
black & white photo of kichen with stove, water cooler, black and white checked tile floor and cabinets.

Armco-Ferro House kitchen, taken in 1994 by Jack Boucher, Photographer, Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service.

Did You Know?

A 3 story round house stacked like a cake with windows all around it taken in 1933

“Century of Progress” homes at the 1933-1934 Chicago World’s Fair showcased innovative building materials and designs. In 1935, developer Robert Bartlett moved five of these houses to Beverly Shores. These homes are being restored.