The Mail Order American Dream

The author of the blog McMansion Hell does a deep dive into the history of the “mail-order home” or kit home — a time when you could order a three-bedroom bungalow from a catalog for just $900 (via kottke.org)

The kit house, a product of mass-production took the pattern-book concept even further. For each kit house, every piece of lumber, siding, doors, windows, columns, etc. were produced to exact precision in a factory, numbered for easy assembly, and sent to the site by rail and delivered to the lot via cart or truck.

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