September 11, 2008 Mid-Century Modern

Arlington Lustron Sprouts in NYC

The Krowne Lustron

One of the 11 pre-fab, porcelain steel enameled Lustrons built in Arlington County after World War II that had been disassembled has been rebuilt in the middle of New York City. Inside the the Museum of Modern Art. The Lustron, which was donated to Arlington County in April 2006 by Dr. Clifford M. Krowne, is part of the MoMa’s “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling,” which runs through October 20. The Arlington Heritage Alliance Educational Tours is sponsoring a day trip on Oct. 18 to view the Krowne Lustron and see the rest of the pre-fab exhibit. See details here about the “Steel” Away to NYC trip.

Also, check out this great resource published by the county, which includes information about the Krowne Lustron, other Lustrons in the area and how to take apart and put together a Lustron if you ever find yourself faced with such a task. The guide was written by Cynthia Liccese-Torres, a historic preservation planner with the county, and Kim A. O’Connell, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Heritage Alliance. O’Connell, who specializes in writing about historic preservation and conservation, also wrote this piece last year in Preservation magazine.