"Rube Goldberg wouldn't Know It"

Gutheim, Frederick
July 1954
New Republic;7/26/54, Vol. 131 Issue 4, p14
Prefabricated houses, designed by the Charles M. Goodman for National Homes, a Lafayette, Indiana, corporation which today produces better than one prefabricated house in every four. This line starts with a $7,000. "Cadet" model that is definitely in the best-buy category, winds up with a really luxurious air-conditioned three-bedroom "Ranger" model that has both a living room, and "kitchen and family room," and sells on a good lot for $15,950. Both houses, and a number of variations in between, are conspicuous for their good architectural design. The interesting thing about the National house designed by Goodman is that it is a pretty efficiently mechanized version of standard 16-inch stud construction and not a highly rationalized assemblage of standardized parts. Rube Goldberg wouldn't know it.


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