Los Angeles Conservancy has hailed the find of this lost treasure and has acknowledged its importance to one of the most "unusual and pedigreed chapters in the history of manufactured homes".

Original Prototype on Site

Photo courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  Used with permission.  Julius Shulman Photographer.  c. J. Paul Getty Trust.  Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).

 

Consolidated Vultee Prefabricated House.  c.1947

Los Angeles Conservancy has hailed the find of this lost treasure and has acknowledged its importance to one of

the most "unusual and pedigreed chapters in the history of manufactured homes".

Originally built in an aircraft factory, the house is made up of lightweight aluminum panels with a paper honeycomb core.  These full-length panels were unique to the design of the house and resembled nothing like the pre-fab houses of its time.

Photography by Julius Shulman
Photography by Julius Shulman
Photography by Julius Shulman

Photos courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  Used with permission.  Julius Shulman Photographer.  c. J. Paul Getty Trust.  Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).

The House Built in a Factory.

Henry Dreyfuss, Designer and Edward Larrabee Barnes, Architect

Originally built in an aircraft factory, the house is made up of lightweight aluminum panels with a paper honeycomb core.

These full-length panels were unique to the design of the house and resembled nothing like the pre-fab houses of its time.

The Fleet House is featured in Tashcen's PREFAB HOUSES - 2010.  It is referenced in numerous publications documenting the history of pre-fab housing and has been photographed by noted post WWII architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

A Gem in the Architectural Community.

The Fleet House is featured in Tashcen's PREFAB HOUSES - 2010.  It is referenced in numerous publications documenting the

history of pre-fab housing and has been photographed by noted post WWII architectural photographer Julius Shulman.