They were designed by Carl Strandlund (1899-1974), an inventor born in Sweden who grew up in Moline. The kit homes of some-3,000 pieces were shipped to their sites and assembled on cement slabs.
Lustron homes first started going up in 1948. But when Strandlund’s plant in Columbus, Ohio, could not keep up with its projected production, the financiers foreclosed and operation ceased in 1950.
The “Surf Blue” Lustron Home in Grand Ridge is a “Westchester Deluxe” model believed to have been built in 1950, said Karen Meagher, who bought the house with her sister, last year.