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Welcome To Greenfield Historic Landmarks


Greenfield Historic Landmarks came to be as local residents saw historically significant buildings in our community targeted for demolition in the name of “progress.” Some buildings truly need to be saved to preserve our architectural heritage. This group hopes to preserve the integrity of our community’s unique structures to provide a legacy for our future generations.

Our group includes historians, artists, teachers, residents and community leaders. Meeting regularly, GHL tries to encourage the upkeep and upgrading of structures in our communities.

What We Do

Historic Preservation

Our group includes historians, artists, teachers, residents and community leaders. Meeting regularly, GHL tries to encourage the upkeep and upgrading of structures in our communities.

Ora Myers Photos

Prints of Ora Myers historic photos are available for sale. Please see order form. Additionally licensing is available for use of these photos to create unique items with a local flair.

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Ever heard of a Lustron House? These unique homes have an equally unique history. After WWII, there was a nationwide shortage of housing for our returning soldiers. Inventor and industrialist Carl Strandlund developed a prefabricated house that was made almost entirely from enameled steel. Interior and exterior walls, doors, ceilings, built in cabinetry, and the roof were all enameled steel. All the wall studs and roof trusses were steel as well. 

Available in 3 styles with a minimal list of additional options, the houses were shipped from the Lustron factory in Columbus, Ohio on specially designed trucks to the building site. The Lustron Corporation claimed that the assembly team could assemble the approximately 3300 individual parts in 350 hours. They were marketed as being extremely durable and needing almost no maintenance.  They were cheaper to construct than conventional housing and had modern, space saving, easy to clean styling. 

Unfortunately, the Lustron Corporation wasn’t able to maintain the production and distribution level necessary to generate a profit. In January of 1950, after only 20 months of production, the company was forced to declare bankruptcy and close. The company had built 2500 of their Lustron homes across 36 states, and it’s estimated that 2000 of them are still standing. 

Greenfield is fortunate enough to boast 2 Lustron houses. One is located on South State Road 9, just a few doors down from Shares, Inc. The other is on the corner of Boyd and East streets near Hancock Regional Hospital. 

Are you the owner of one of Greenfield’s Lustron houses? Please feel free to post any interior or exterior pictures so we can appreciate the design and detailing of these fascinating homes.Image attachment

Ever heard of a Lustron House? These unique homes have an equally unique history. After WWII, there was a nationwide shortage of housing for our returning soldiers. Inventor and industrialist Carl Strandlund developed a prefabricated house that was made almost entirely from enameled steel. Interior and exterior walls, doors, ceilings, built in cabinetry, and the roof were all enameled steel. All the wall studs and roof trusses were steel as well.

Available in 3 styles with a minimal list of additional options, the houses were shipped from the Lustron factory in Columbus, Ohio on specially designed trucks to the building site. The Lustron Corporation claimed that the assembly team could assemble the approximately 3300 individual parts in 350 hours. They were marketed as being extremely durable and needing almost no maintenance. They were cheaper to construct than conventional housing and had modern, space saving, easy to clean styling.

Unfortunately, the Lustron Corporation wasn’t able to maintain the production and distribution level necessary to generate a profit. In January of 1950, after only 20 months of production, the company was forced to declare bankruptcy and close. The company had built 2500 of their Lustron homes across 36 states, and it’s estimated that 2000 of them are still standing.

Greenfield is fortunate enough to boast 2 Lustron houses. One is located on South State Road 9, just a few doors down from Shares, Inc. The other is on the corner of Boyd and East streets near Hancock Regional Hospital.

Are you the owner of one of Greenfield’s Lustron houses? Please feel free to post any interior or exterior pictures so we can appreciate the design and detailing of these fascinating homes.
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We called them refrigerator panel houses

The Carlisle Area Historical Society recently obtained a Lustron Home and moved it to our campus. It is currently undergoing reassembly and will be open for viewing in the near future. Website: carlisleareahistory.org

There is also o e in Peru IN, close to Peru High, it is yellow.

The Columbia Hotel was located in the heart of downtown Greenfield, Indiana. It opened around 1895 and was located near the intersection of East and Main streets. As stated in its announcement in the Sep 12th 1895 issue of The Greenfield Democrat newspaper, it was described as: “…a magnificent hotel property that will be one of, it not the handsomest and best arranged hotels in Indiana for its size.  It was designed by the famous architect John H. Felt and was built by the Greenfield Hotel Company.  It featured the newest amenities including hot and cold water, a bar, bath rooms and a barber shop to make it an up-to-date hotel.”  Here are some photographs of the exterior of this gorgeous building, the announcement and the formal dinning room of the hotel.
 
Today, in its place is the parking lot next to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen.Image attachmentImage attachment

The Columbia Hotel was located in the heart of downtown Greenfield, Indiana. It opened around 1895 and was located near the intersection of East and Main streets. As stated in its announcement in the Sep 12th 1895 issue of The Greenfield Democrat newspaper, it was described as: “…a magnificent hotel property that will be one of, it not the handsomest and best arranged hotels in Indiana for its size. It was designed by the famous architect John H. Felt and was built by the Greenfield Hotel Company. It featured the newest amenities including hot and cold water, a bar, bath rooms and a barber shop to make it an up-to-date hotel.” Here are some photographs of the exterior of this gorgeous building, the announcement and the formal dinning room of the hotel.

Today, in its place is the parking lot next to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen.
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Sally Kenton

Really neat!

4 months ago

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The Greenfield Fire Dept celebrates 125 years this year. This is probably one of the earliest photos of the fire dept. They were stationed in the City Building which was built in 1895. Lucy Couture is currently housed in that building. Happy Birthday Greenfield Fire! ~Brigette Cook Jones ... See MoreSee Less