Paper Houses for Olympic Contestants (Oct, 1931)

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Paper Houses for Olympic Contestants

MORE than 3,000 young men athletes, representing over fifty nations at the Tenth Olympiad, at Los Angeles, in 1932, will be housed in two room structures built of paper composition on wooden frames. A minimum of 800 of these unusual houses is now being erected to form “Olympic Village,” which will be the home of the contestants while they are attending the ancient games.

This is the first time since the Greeks sheltered themselves in tents during the first of the Olympiads, centuries ago, that an effort has been made to bring the housing and feeding of all the contestants at any of the Olympic games into one centralized locality.

  1. Hirudinea says: November 15, 20119:45 am

    I wish they had given more details on the houses, were they papercrete or what?

  2. dave says: November 17, 201111:19 am

    It makes sense not to build a permanent structure when the Olympics last only a week or two. I’ve always been kind of fascinated by the fact that the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and a WWI Triumphal Arch erected in Madison Square Park in NYC were both temporary and made of plaster, yet all the pictures make them look like grand marble structures. The fact that they took to much time to put all that detail into something so temporary really says a lot about that era.

  3. Toronto says: November 17, 201112:55 pm

    Dave: These days, it’s not uncommon for Olympic villages to be designed to covert to condos afterwards, to help offset the cost. Vancouver, however, had trouble selling theirs.

    Then again, paper cottages wouldn’t have worked too well for a Winter Games.

  4. M.S.W. says: November 17, 201112:57 pm

    “Those whom stay in cardboard house, shouldn’t smoke”-1932 Olympic Proverb

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