In 1949, industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and architect Edward Larrabee Barnes created the Vultee, a prefabricated home produced in the Consolidated Aircraft Factory in South Pasadena. Unfortunately, prefabs didn’t have the same trendy cachet that they do today, so only two prototypes were made. It was believed that the prototypes were long gone until a new owner planned to raze the house and the South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission rediscovered it and informed him of its significance:
Comprising 28 parts, the two-bedroom, one-bath structure appears larger than its 810 square feet because 75 percent of the exterior walls are windows. The remaining interior, roof, and garage walls are constructed of “lumicomb,” a lightweight material made of a cardboardlike honeycomb core bonded between sheets of high-strength aluminum, used at the time for airplane bulkheads. The lumicomb adds to the open feeling of the house by requiring less floor space than traditional wall and roof construction. Now, instead to tearing down the house, the new owner wants to build a
McMansion house on the same lot and use the Vultee as a guest house. Dreyfuss and Barnes probably didn't have a four bedroom Spanish style in mind when designing their prefab.
· Snatched from Oblivion [Metropolis Mag]