International style modern exterior wrapped around a warm and bright interior with a spacious and open floor plan. Corner lot in highly desirable neighborhood adjacent to Marion Avenue and Buckingham Pond. Owner has updated and restored all aspects of this beautiful mid-century home.
Built 1960 • 1,994 square feet • .43-acre wooded lot • 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths
Architect: William N. Marden • Inspired by California designer Craig Ellwood
The Lustron home was a post-war effort at manufactured housing in a modern style. All of the basic structural features – walls, ceiling, roof, framing – are made of steel. Though they briefly captured the American imagination, fewer than 2,500 Lustrons were built between 1948 and 1950. In the greater Capital Region, approximately 20 Lustrons still stand.
SOLD January 2014, $110,000
355 South Main Avenue is a Winchester model with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a detached garage on a slab foundation. It features a newer kitchen (some steel cabinets remain) and a brand new bath and has just been re-carpeted. Besides the metal walls, doors and ceilings the original features include a TV/shortwave radio console (not functioning) and a vanity in the larger bedroom. It sits on an over-sized corner lot, one block from Whitehall Road.
There’s a great deal of information on the web about Lustrons. For starters, check out Lustron Preservation and Lustron Connection, which has a very active Yahoo discussion board. Also of interest is The New York State Lustron Project, which was sponsored by the Historic Albany Foundation.