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Quonset huts - those icons of WWII American ingenuity - can still be seen all over the world... although they aren't always immediately recognizable! Your mission: find one and tell us how it's being used today!

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Quonset huts are prefabricated, corrugated steel structures having a semicircular cross section. They were developed at Quonset Point (hence the name), at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville, RI. by the George A. Fuller construction company as a cheap means of shelter and storgage facilities during World War II.


(Why yes, that is Bob Hope with the troops.)

The design was based on the Nissen hut (which in turn were loosely based on the Iroquois Longhouses), developed by Major Peter Norman Nissen for the British during World War I.

The open interior was meant to be very flexible, being used for offices, barracks, and sleeping quarters. Various designs of Quonset Huts were made before, during, and after the war. Here is a partial list;

T-Rib Quonset Hut - 16' x 36' and 16' x 20'

The original, or T-Rib, Quonset hut was modeled closely on the Nissen hut. Approximately 8,200 T-Rib Quonset huts were produced.

Stran-Steel Quonset - 20' x 48' and 20' x 56'

The last major redesign came in about 1943 when the factory was phased out and the contract for production transferred to the Stran-Steel Division of the Great Lakes Steel Corporation.

Jamesway Hut - 16' x 32'

The James Manufacturing Company of Fort Atkinson, WI., created a version with wooden ribs and an insulated fabric covering, designed for arctic weather when construction is needed to proceed quickly.

Pacific Hut - 18'-6" x 37'-4"

The Pacific Hut Company in Seattle, WA. started producing this all-wood Quonset design around 1942. Steel rusted quickly in the tropics and, in the Arctic, permitted cold temperature migration across metal structures. The Pacific hut is easily recognizable by its exterior of celotex, a waterproof form of Masonite, and by the triangular ridgeline vent cover.

Armco Hut - 20' x 50'

During World War II, the Armco International Corporation of Middletown, OH., produced arched corrugated ingot iron bunkers, ammo magazines, and personnel shelters. "Armcos" were strong enough to be completely buried in up to six feet of dirt.

Butler Hut - 16' x 48'

Developed by the Butler Manufacturing Company of Kansas City, MO., the "Butler hut" was an all-steel arched hut. With U-shaped arched ribs around an eight-foot radius, its profile was slightly more than a half circle. The endwalls were framed with steel, and all walls were enclosed with 2' standing seam metal sheets.

Utility Building - 40' x 100'

"Utility Building" is a larger version of the Quonset hut. Sometimes nicknamed "elephant hut", the building evolved over a period of time and could be adapted to tropical climates. A total of 11,800 Utility Buildings were fabricated by the end of World War II.

Quonset Redesign - 16' x 36' and 24' x 60'

The Quonset Redesign came with a modified arch with four-foot vertical sidewalls. Furnishings could be placed flush to the walls. Approximately 25,000 Quonset Redesign huts were produced.

Stran-Steel Quonset 24 - 24' x 36'

The Quonset 24, a two-thirds Quonset hut, provides a flat side for the installation of doors larger than could be accommodated in the ends or left entirely open.

Portaseal Hut - 16'-2' x 37-0'

Most likely a Canadian version of the wood-framed, plywood-clad Quonset-type structure. Identified by a tar paper finish nailed atop plywood sidewalls, end walls with large windows, and wide trim boards atop the end walls' vertical panel joints.

Emkay Hut - 20' x 48'

Morrison-Knudsen Company of Boise, ID. designed the "Emkay" (M-K) hut to shelter their crews for their large and remote military construction contracts. The Emkay had laminated wood ribs. Its distinct "two-centered arch" appears pointed, or gothic, in profile. All styles were built entirely of wood and wallboard, and could accommodate different climates.

Cowin Hut - 36' x 60'

Cowin and Company, Inc. developed large, semicircular steel warehouses (slightly less than half a circle). These 36' x 60' structures were called "Steeldromes." To resist thrust on the arch caused by snow loads, Cowin used a truss system of horizontal steel tie rods and vertical steel hangers, but proved inadequate for Alaskan snow loads. Not many were shipped to Alaska after 1943 because a number of them collapsed in their first winter of use.

Multiple Utility Building - 82' x 102'

The "Multiple Building" was a hut that could expand in both directions. It used many of the same parts designed for the Utility Building, but it accomplished larger spans by introducing a rectilinear steel frame upon which arched roof segments were joined one to the other with low, sloping valley gutters. The design allowed for expansion in both directions. In the years following World War II, National Steel Products constructed their Houston headquarters from an assemblage of units covering more than five full acres.

Modern Day Quonset Hut - Sizes vary

Today, instead of 2-3 inch round corrugation Quonset Huts are made with large angled corrugation, they required no framework at all.

Between 150,000-170,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War II. After the war, the U.S. military sold the surplus Quonset huts to the public for $1,000 each.

Many are still standing throughout the United States, and the rest of the world, being utilized for many different functions such as:

Churches

Fire Stations

Homes

Schools

Theaters

& Various Businesses

Drive around and you'll see them here and there.

Much more than relics of war, they're icons of a time in our history - icons that spread all the way from North Africa to the Aleutian Islands.

This category update is the result of four years' research. Some of the information and images were found at the following websites.
- Harvey Farkle, Team Farkle 7

Link Link Link Link Link Link Link Link

I highly recommend this excellent book,
"Quonset Hut: Metal Living for a Modern Age" by Chris Chiei & Julie Decker.

You can find information on it here. Link

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This quonset in Lincoln, Ca acts as a showroom for the Westside Concrete Materials Company.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas

location: California

date approved: 10/18/2007

last visited: 5/24/2008

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This quonset hut is currently being used by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. It is being used as a warehouse for the school district.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member FolsomNatural

location: California

date approved: 3/30/2012

last visited: 4/13/2012

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This quonset hut is the home of The Black Forest auto service company in Auburn, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 10/21/2010

last visited: never

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A Quonset Hut in Pollock Pines, CA. The hut house a flooring store.

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location: California

date approved: 5/17/2011

last visited: never

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Quonset HutsBonaza Market - Nevada City, CA

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Bonaza Market is housed in a quonset hut. The store is in downtown Nevada City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/30/2010

last visited: never

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A quonset hut along Hway 80 in Dixon. The hut is in a truck stop and sells fresh produce.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/6/2014

last visited: never

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A quonset hut in Linden, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 5/4/2010

last visited: 5/6/2010

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WW105.1 km

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An old Quonset hut in Pope Valley, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/15/2009

last visited: 10/15/2009

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A hut made from two connected huts in Lathrop, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 7/25/2013

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A quonset hut along Bryon Highway in Byron, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 5/14/2014

last visited: never

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Quonset Hut now turned into a manufacturing hall

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team

location: California

date approved: 2/6/2007

last visited: never

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Two Quonset Huts across the train tracks from the Martinez Train Station.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/21/2009

last visited: 2/5/2009

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A quonset hut in downtown Martinez, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 3/8/2014

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A Quonset hut along 8th St in Chico, CA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/1/2008

last visited: 8/4/2008

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A Quonset Hut on C and 6th St in downtown Tracy, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 9/22/2009

last visited: 9/24/2009

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This quonset hut located on a side street in industrial west Berkeley, is now home to Gring Pest Control.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Squirreleen

location: California

date approved: 6/24/2008

last visited: never

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A Quonset Hut at 2050 Orchard Ave in San Leandro, CA.

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location: California

date approved: 10/6/2009

last visited: 10/7/2009

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An abandoned looking quonset near the train tracks in Turlock, Ca. The building sits looking empty with broken glass.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas

location: California

date approved: 5/9/2007

last visited: 2/26/2012

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SS147.7 km

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A quonset Hut close to downtown Patterson. The hut belongs to a roofing company.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 3/3/2009

last visited: 3/5/2009

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A hut that's a centro de servicio, or community cervice store in the Decoto neighborhood of Union City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/17/2010

last visited: never

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A simple metal hut on a farm just outside of Patterson, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/1/2014

last visited: never

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Two quonset huts at the defunct Hunters Point Power Plant in San Francisco.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Squirreleen

location: California

date approved: 7/4/2008

last visited: never

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NWNW156.1 km

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Quonset HutsLos Molinos Quonset Hut - Los Molinos, CA

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A quonset hut on Hway 99 in Los Molinos, CA. The building is currently up for sale.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/11/2010

last visited: 9/13/2010

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