The Verona Area Historical Society
Verona, Wisconsin
"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Next VAHS Event:

*Saturday 6/10/17, 10:00am: "Delma's Lustron Home", with guest Delma Basthemer.  Verona Senior Center.

On Westlawn Avenue sits a unique piece of post-war American history - one of Verona's "Lustron" homes.  These homes began mass production in 1948 and promised to provide returning GIs and American families with a futuristic alternative to traditional housing.  Each home was ordered and arrived in roughly 3,300 pieces to be assembled on site by a team.  Modern features included an outer shell of enamel-coated steel panels, which would "defy weather, wear and time" and promised to provide all members of the family with more leisure time due to the reduced need for household maintenance (source:  Wikipedia).  Did they live up to this promise?  Let's ask Delma!

Henry Basthemer ordered a Lustron home 1949 - the same year he and Delma married.  Their 3,300 pieces arrived in a trailer on Westlawn Avenue in April 1950 and waited in the package (due to a labor strike) until June of that year.  In that same month the last Lustron home was made as the company shut down.  Delma has enjoyed and lived in her house for 66 years.

We will start our meeting at the Verona Senior Center by watching a short video on Lustron homes with Delma.  We will then carpool to Westlawn Avenue to see the home up close!  

     Location:  Verona Senior Center (108 Paoli St, Verona, WI 53593.)

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About the Verona Area Historical Society:
President - Jesse Charles
Vice President - Art Cresson
Secretary - Ruth Jensen
Treasurer - Beverly Beyers
Board:  Lisa Olmsted

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