The Good Housekeeping Stran-Steel House
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man's scientific progress from dinosaur times to 1933, the Chicago World's Fair received more
than 39 million visitors during its two years of activitiy. The fair covered over eight acres of space and
consisted of hundreds of buildings and exhibits. The variety ranged from a demonstration on the uses
of light at the Electrical Building, to an animal show at the Enchanted Gardens. With such a large
number of things to see from a variety of topics, it would have taken the average family a week to
see everything that was available to them. Carrying out the theme of the
fair, the Homes of Tomorrow exhibit in the Home and Industrial Arts
show illustrated the blend of modern technology and furnishings in affordable and prefabricated housing.
Many homes were commissioned and built especially for this particular area. Various companies tried
their hand at creating aesthetically pleasing homes that also had some unique features that combined
modern technology and futuristic design. Some were constructed of unconventional materials and
guaranteed fireproof while others were more traditional yet hailed modern appliances and features
built into the home interior design. Good Housekeeping magazine
and the Stran-Steel Corporation combined their mission to create a home
that would be fireproof, pre-fabricated, and also affordable to the average family.
Constructed of steel and baked iron enamel, this home was priced in
the $7,500 range. Although only 1,300 square feet, it did not feel small
due to the high ceilings and windows that give the illusion of
plans of the home call for a large recreation room on the second floor. A terrace covers most of the second floor roof area in a horeshoe
shape. Entertaining was also a concern when architects conceived this
design. A maid's room is adjacent to the kitchen area and a nice dining
room alcove sets off the living room. The rounded bay window with
casement windows and wooden blinds are also nice features.