Prefabricated Housing

Archive Report

Dawn of Mass Production Era in Housing

Prefabricated Homes and Community Buildings

Home Building, the mass-market industry that has clung most tenaciously to handicraft methods of the pre-industrial age, is at last being converted to mass production and there are many indications that the factory process will become of increasing importance to house construction in the years ahead. Not only is there growing public acceptance of the so-called “prefabricated” house, but factory methods are being successfully adapted to conventional on-site construction. More and more essential parts are being manufactured in finished form for use not only by erectors of factory-built housing but also by regulation builders.

Contrary to earlier expectations, prefabrication has not supplied low-income families with suitable housing at cut prices. But neither has it justified ...

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