Title/Object Name: Dymaxion House
Creator: Unknown photographer
Date Original: Circa 1949
Physical Details: 8 x 10 inches
Description: Exterior, front view of “Wichita House,” constructed near Wichita in Rose Hill, Kansas, in 1948. A 1948 Packard automobile is parked at right. The visionary design by R. Buckminster Fuller was based on his 1927 plan for a mass-produced house called the Dymaxion Dwelling Machine. Beech Aircraft Company constructed the house to demonstrate affordable, prefabricated housing that would take advantage of World War II surplus materials. The structure was made of aluminum and designed to withstand the elements, including a Kansas tornado. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Keywords: People, residences, transportation, architecture, houses, children, goats, automobiles, Butler County.
Subject: Wichita (Kan.) -- Pictorial works
Date Digital: 2003