2013 Lecture Series – Parkbelt: Greenbelt’s Modern Prefabricated Homes

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

A Greenbelt Parkbelt home, circa 1937

Join us on July 16, 2013, 7:30pm to learn about Greenbelt’s Parkbelt homes.

Tucked away on a wooded cul-de-sac in Greenbelt, Maryland are ten prefabricated, steel-framed, single family homes, remnants of an experiment by Howard Fisher and the federal government to develop modern housing using new building materials in a cooperative setting. Built in the planned community of Greenbelt, the Parkbelt homes reflected the “modern” social and architectural values of the community and its residents. Ultimately, they were the result of an integrated vision of housing held by its architect: Howard Fisher.

Howard Fisher said that “the time has come to design our houses at least as well as we design our factories.” This lecture, to be given by Stephen Oetken, who holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from University of Maryland, will trace the journey of the Parkbelt houses from a socialist vision to prefabricated reality, and why this idea of building prefabricated housing in the government’s planned community did not come to fruition. Free!  Lecture will take place in the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 201, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. There is ample free parking on both sides of the building. Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum.

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