A historical classic

August 11, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Phyllis Nichols, State Farm agent, stands in front of the Lustron House exhibit at the Boone Historical Society. Nichols helped save the last Lustron-style house in Columbia when she purchased the property and called the historical society when she could find no buyers for the home. The house has been dissassembled and will be reconstructed at Boone Junction when funding permits.

Lustron houses were designed for returning WWII veterans and their families. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, , rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

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