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March 18, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Mchenry, Illinois

By RetroRuth

This week we are lucky enough to have a Lustron home to show you!


This home is located at 2423 Mogra Drive in Mchenry, Illinois. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom and is approximately 1,000 square feet. It was built in 1955 and the asking price is $125,000. It has an offer pending, but you can see the listing here. From the listing:

A sweet piece of Americana, A Lustron Home! A welcoming ranch-style home made entirely of steel, these prefabricated homes are deemed to be three times stronger than a conventional, wood frame house. They are marketed as fireproof, termite-proof, lightning-proof, and practically maintenance free. Never needs painting. For buyers who value history and novelty in their homes, A Lustron home is an option that’s sure to please! Situated on a large corner lot with river rights~ Open floor plan, full basement and two car garage,windows replaced in 2015,newer carpet in bedrooms, wood laminate floors and ceramic tile. Split system ductless air conditioning, hydronic baseboard heat, water softner,finished basement great for entertaining with additional storage, large laundry area, MOVE IN READY! Plenty of room for your RV and boat in the driveway~Immediate access to State parks, The Chain O’Lakes and outdoor recreation~If you would rather spend time playing on the weekends, this home is for you

Living Room/Entryway




Dining Area / Kitchen









That was short but very, very sweet! What a little charmer. It doesn’t show it here, but the Instagram account of Kate Sanderson (@midcentury_chicago_realtor) where Sara found this house has a few extra pictures of this house. It has a basement with a gorgeous mural, so go check those out as well!

What was your favorite part of this house? I just can’t get over those walls. I just love them so much. And the built-ins!


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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5 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Mchenry, Illinois

  1. Ms. Vel-Vida Reply

    March 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    What fabulous little houses these Lustron homes are. There’s surprisingly several in my area, and always wanted to nab one for myself. Unfortunately the last time one came up for sale I wasn’t in a position to buy yet. Maybe someday, and if I’m ready to move on from my current house. Imagine how easy it must be to keep everything sparkling clean, all those easy to wash surfaces!

  2. Jacki Reply

    March 18, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    What a little charmer! I often drive by a Lustron in South Knoxville and I would just love to see the inside. A few weeks ago I saw a kitchen from a Lustron for sale on Craigslist in a state near me. The ad didn’t say anything about it being a Lustron, but there was no doubt it was one; it was so sad because I don’t think the owner knew what they had.

  3. Weirdly OCD Reply

    March 18, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    We have a few Lustron houses where I live here in Lima, Ohio (two hours Northwest of Columbus), but I’ve never seen or even heard of one with a basement – that’s awesome!

  4. Tess Reply

    March 19, 2018 at 6:58 am

    A lovely little home and fascinating glimpse at bygone ‘future tech.’ I have to wonder, though, how you’d hang art- or even curtains- in it? They certainly didn’t have cheap rare-earth magnets back in the day! And wifi/cell reception might be iffy inside a shiny metal box, too. All questions that weren’t even imaginable back in it’s heyday, for sure!

  5. Will Fox Reply

    September 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    From what I’ve read on the net, LUSTRON homes were out of production by early 1950, with most having been built around 1948. So this house can’t be dated at 1955. (The guy that started the company went broke I think?)

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