Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane?
Using jet bomber technology and materials in 1949, industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and architect Edward Larrabee Barnes collaborated on the Vultee, the only house ever known to be built in an aircraft factory. Because sales never got off the ground, only two prototypes were made. Though they were believed destroyed and long forgotten, one was rediscovered earlier this year in South Pasadena, California, not far from the former location of the Dreyfuss studio and the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft factory. When the house was unknowingly offered for sale as a teardown, the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee rallied to save what represents one of the most unusual and pedigreed chapters in the history of manufactured homes.
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