Latest in Homes Has Skyscraper Frame and Glass Walls (May, 1932)

Latest in Homes Has Skyscraper Frame and Glass Walls

CUBICAL in construction and designed to build for $2500 or less, the model house shown in the photo at the left has just been completed in Syosset, Long Island. It is intended to serve the needs of families whose income is $1800 a year or less.

Simple modernistic lines, with no fancy and expensive curlicues, characterize the design. Steel is used for the framework, giving it the durability of a skyscraper skeleton. Much glass is used to admit plenty of light.

A garage is on the first floor, with laundry rooms adjoining, and a porch alongside, open to the outdoors. The second floor has a living room, dining room, kitchenette, and one bed room. The third floor has two bed rooms and a closet, in addition to a large sunny terrace open to the sky for the children’s playground.

A small furnace for heating is also installed at the rear of the garage, and practically all the usual home conveniences are provided at a minimum of expense and slight costs of repair and upkeep.

  1. Al Bear says: March 24, 200912:59 pm

    Pretty cool and modern looking house but I hust don’t know about those pencil-thin support columns.

  2. Rick Auricchio says: March 24, 20092:38 pm

    No bathrooms?

    Long Island gets some serious winter weather. I suppose all that glass wasn’t practical from a heating standpoint.

  3. Eli says: March 24, 20095:58 pm

    Let’s see… a $2500 house for people earning less than $1800 a year? Looking at it in modern terms, that means the house cost about 150% of the annual gross income. According to the inflation index, it also means that it sold for about $38,000 in 2009 dollars. We should be so lucky…

  4. Rick Auricchio says: March 24, 20096:54 pm

    The price probably doesn’t include the land, which in many areas is more than the cost of the structure.

  5. rsterling78 says: March 24, 200911:35 pm

    “Simple modernistic lines, with no fancy and expensive curlicues, characterize the design.”

    That sounds so much better than “utterly impractical and ugly as hell”.

  6. Rangachari Anand says: March 25, 20097:40 am

    I wonder who was the architect. This house looks remarkably modern – would still be considered modern by current standards!

  7. Rick Auricchio says: March 25, 20096:33 pm

    The Bauhaus archictectural style was big in the 1920s and 1930s, so this design is no surprise.…

  8. Toronto says: March 25, 200910:10 pm

    Someone’s building a very similar house a few blocks from my 1890 semi. It’s got a hybrid frame – part steel, part OSB trusses – and they used those ‘Lego’ forms for the foundation, but stylistically it’s very close.

    The only other Bauhaus inspired homes nearby are a few in-fill carriage houses with the classic ‘carport’ notch and a upper section. They seem to be very space efficient. Heck, if I could subdivide my 14×160′ lot, maybe that’s what would work best (off the alley.)

  9. Torgo says: March 26, 200912:29 am

    Not a good design. An American tried to be a European and fell short.

  10. Slothtrop says: March 26, 20094:11 pm

    Actually Torgo, some folks agree that the design was quite good (e.g. Phillip Johnson, who new a bit about modern architecture I think). You can read about the house here: http://architectural-wo…. One of the architects (Albert Frey) worked with Le Corbusier earlier in his career.

    The house still exists– it was moved to the New York Institute of technology Islip campus about 20 years ago. Its in pretty bad shape, unfortunately

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