Slap-Happy Homes (Dec, 1952)

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Slap-Happy Homes

YOU don’t need a house to have a home!

This is a fact which many ingenious Americans have discovered in the past few years of housing shortages, and they’ve come up with some of the weirdest substitutes for the conventional love nest. It seems as though just about anything can be used for a place to hang up your hat when the situation is really rough. If you’re having house trouble, don’t be discouraged. Maybe these pictures will suggest a solution to you. And if your unusual home costs little and keeps you warm and dry, it might not be so slap-happy after all.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Andre have a silo home near Palatine. Ohio. It once stored cattle fodder, now provides over 750 square feet of living area.

In Alexandria, Egypt, a landowner found his property too small so he built this house with two rooms upstairs and a regulation door, staircase.

Sons of R. T. Troxler of Elon College, North Carolina, returned from service, found 3,000 bottles, built this three-room summer house.

Pillboxes made of steel and cement are homes to these people in Milan. Italy. They’re sturdy, built for an atomic age, say their residents.

When a Cleveland. Ohio, winery thought prohibition was here to stay 25 years ago they sold these 6.000 gallon casks, now tourist homes.

When a transit line in Santa Monica. California, discarded an old bus it didn’t dream Miss Thelma Burnette would convert it into an efficient house.

R. Guy Davis of Macon, Georgia, bought an old coach from the Central of Georgia Railroad and made it into a home with all conveniences. When he wants to move he flags a passing train, asks for a tow.

  1. Hirudinea says: January 9, 20129:53 am

    The bottle house is cool, have a few parties and you can build a guest cottage, but I don’t like the barrel houses, people would always be asking to come over to suck your walls.

  2. Rick s. says: January 9, 20125:21 pm

    I remember those very wine cask cabins. We would pass them on our way from Cleveland to Sandusky’s Cedar Point back in the 40s when I was a kid. That was a time when motels were usually collections of small cabins. The nice thing about these was that they were right on the Lake Erie shore. They always looked kind of neat to me although we never had any occasion to stay in them since they were only about a half hour’s ride west of Cleveland. It’s nice to see them again. Thanks!


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