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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Nagel House

Picture of property 1411 Wilson St
Great Bend (Barton County)
Listed in National Register Mar 2, 2001

Architect: Brack Implements, Great Bend, Kansas
Category: secondary structure; single dwelling
Thematic Nomination: Lustron Houses of Kansas

The Nagel House was nominated for its architectural significance as one of fewer than 100 extant Lustron houses in Kansas. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, architectural pundits heralded the prefabricated house - particularly the metal house - as the wave of the future. The most famous producer of the prefabricated metal home of the postwar era was the Lustron Corporation, which manufactured an all-steel house that it boasted could be sold for $7,000. The Nagel Residence, constructed in 1950 by Brack Implements of Great Bend, is the Newport Deluxe two-bedroom model with a "Dove Gray" exterior and green roof tiles. There were eight Lustron dealers in Kansas - including Brack Implements in Great Bend. The Nagel House was one of nine Lustron houses to be built in the Crescent Park Addition of Great Bend.

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