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Pleasantview House is a guest house in Wilmore KY close to Lexington amid Kentucky's beautiful central Bluegrass Region. Rental rates: 1-2 nights $150 per night/ 3+ nights $125 per night Weekly : $850
Ahead of its Time? Pleasantview House is a Gunnison Home. Randy Shipp, who has done a great deal of research on Gunnison Homes, had this, in part, to say: The first half of the twentieth century saw a change in the housing needs of the United States as more individuals sought easily built, affordable housing. These changing needs mandated that the construction industry re-evaluate what could be offered to the public. Various groups and individuals began to look at prefabrication as the answer to this need. Numerous proposals were developed that took advantage of such materials as wood, steel, aluminum and cast concrete. In the early 1930s, Foster Gunnison, Sr’s, … a successful lighting designer and manufacturer from New York, …. interest in the concept of prefabricated housing led him to join with a group of likeminded individuals, … to study its feasibility. Having studied the subject from many angles, this group felt that the use of stressed plywood panels could offer a strong building at an economical price. This group … promote(d) the idea of prefabrication, but never produced units themselves. Instead, they were facilitators bringing the market and the manufacturers together. By joining forces with experts in engineering, plywood production and architecture, he (Gunnison) arrived at the system of using stressed panels that took advantage of concepts used in the manufacture of airplane wings. The structural wood frame sheathed with plywood provided an extremely strong yet lightweight panel. The (eventual) result was a complete housing unit that could be shipped on a single trailer truck and assembled on the customer’s foundation in a very short time. It was said that if the construction crew arrived at the site on Tuesday morning, the owner could have supper in his new house on Friday. Pleasantview House is an important reminder of a highly significant piece of the history of single family housing construction in the mid-twentieth century. Maybe it was just ahead of its time. Not unlike the ideas behind the homes in the article below, Gunnison Homes were created around similar needs and goals.
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