Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The History of Modular Housing

Recently people have been asking me about the history of modular housing.  I am embarrassed to admit that I only know a small part of it.  I searched the Internet and found bits and pieces and some rather unflattering stuff but nothing was more than 20 years old.

I know that man has been building shelters since caveman time but systems building which includes modular housing is a 20th century thing. 


So I'm asking all my readers to help with a definitive history of every system built, from the Sears homes to the steel houses produced in the Midwest all the way through HUD, panelized, SIP, pre-fab and modular homes.

Simply email me with what you know about the industry in general but more specifically about the history of your factory. 

Include who started it, who owns it now, what type of housing you build, the highest number of floors or houses you produced and how many you produced last year (if it's not a big secret...everyone was down last year).

Send me what you know about your company's history and I'll start putting it together and hopefully with your help I will finally have the history our modular housing.  The names of everyone responding will be keep in strict confidence.

1 comment:

lavardera said...

Let me suggest a good book:
The Prefabricated Home by Colin Davies.

First I'll ask you to get past your objection to the title. The book was written well before the current fad with "PreFab" among architects. Davies is from the UK, and although the book spends a good deal of time on UK building systems, it also has a very good history of American off-site home building. Its a good read, and it will actually reinforce a lot of feelings that I am reading from you in your blog posts. It explains very convincingly how architects repeatedly miss the point with prefab, and yes, makes it very clear that many are doing the same thing again today.