St Louis Quonset Huts
If I had to guess why I’d say that it’s the utilitarian simplicity of the design that just tickles me to no end.
Finding St Louis quonset huts is pretty much as easy as driving around for a couple of hours. You’ll really be surprised where they have tenaciously held ground and not been torn down.
There are lists of them available online (it’s where I got a lot of the huts listed here) but these things are being ripped up all the time.
They were never intended to be permanent – ideally they would have been used and either scrapped, resold, or left in place.
But here we are, and I love it.
A Quonset hut /ˈkwɒnsɪt/ is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel having a semicircular cross-section. Developed in the United States, the design was based on the Nissen hut introduced by the British during World War I. Hundreds of thousands were produced during World War II and military surplus was sold to the public. The name comes from their site of first manufacture, Quonset Point, at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville (a village located within the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, U.S.).