Quonset hut : metal living for a modern age by Chris Chiel, Julie Decker

By Chris Chiel, Julie Decker

While global conflict II got here alongside, the yankee army chanced on itself short of a prefabricated, light-weight shield which may be simply shipped and speedy assembled. The quonset hut, that sliced tube of corrugated steel, used to be the reply. Over one hundred thousand have been produced as a part of the conflict attempt. In its aftermath, much more have been equipped and latest huts have been tailored to accommodate the postwar inhabitants increase. after all, it could not final: the yank hope for permanence intended decay and overlook for plenty of of those rough-and-ready shelters and quickie warehouses.

But in the course of its virtually tragic story of extinction, the quonset hut has emerged as an unforeseen icon of Americana and an oasis of architectural mind's eye. go back and forth the again roads of the US and you'll find the quonset's precise form enclosing every thing from homes ofworship to homes of pancakes.

Quonset Hut tells the tale of this exact architectural phenomena, from its delivery in the course of WWII as a mass-production safeguard to its new prestige as an icon of yank pragmatism, ingenuity, perseverance, and individuality

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This version of the Quonset hut cost just more than $1,300 to produce. A larger variation of the Redesign, 24' wide with varying lengths, was also produced. Front-page headline of Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner, December 7, 1941; OPPOSITE: Stran-Steel advertisement Construction drawing of 16' x 36' Quonset hut Redesign, approved October 21, 1941 Erection of Quonset Redesign, Nome, AK, ca. 1944; BOTTOM RIGHT: Newly completed Quonset Redesign, Ladd Field (Ft. Wainwright), Fairbanks, AK, ca. 1942 War On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese military led an unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor and nearly destroyed the Hawaiian base.

None of Alaska’s towns were prepared for the onslaught, and general services were intolerably strained. Housing was inadequate; water, sewer, power, and telephone systems were swamped. At the CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Recreation facilities building, Adak, AK, August 2, 1944; Interior of Naval Hospital, Attu, AK, December 5, 1943; Pin-up girls pose across the walls of a bomber-crew Pacific hut, Adak, AK, 1943 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Harold Hobbard, Alaska Highway comic, 1945; Jake Nunn, Wartime comic, ca.

They posted pin-ups along the curved walls of the huts, sometimes covering every square inch of the interior with photos of home and photos from girlie magazines. Alaska was in no immediate danger of attack or invasion following the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the Japanese military command would soon change that. The Japanese Navy had determined that its strategy in the Pacific War mandated the conquest of Midway Island at the far west end of the thousand-mile Hawaiian archipelago. , as the anchor for a forward, north-south defensive perimeter securing Japan’s Pacific interests.

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