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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

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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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A small quonset hut in downtwon Chiloquin, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/13/2018

last visited: never

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A quonset hut located by the train station in Klamath Falls, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/13/2018

last visited: never

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Quonset Hut building hidden in a local tourist attraction.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

location: Florida

date approved: 8/11/2018

last visited: 8/11/2018

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This Quonset-style hut is located in downtown Richmond.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Burrow

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 7/8/2018

last visited: 7/20/2018

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Relocated Quonset Hut on factory premises.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F

location: Flevoland, Netherlands

date approved: 7/6/2018

last visited: 7/16/2018

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[FR] Bâtiment de type "Quonset Hut" situé à Pouzay. [EN] "Quonset Hut" building located in Pouzay.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LeBourguignon

location: Centre-Val-de-Loire, France

date approved: 6/8/2018

last visited: never

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This Quonset Hut was formerly located on the Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase a few miles East of its present location.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker

location: North Carolina

date approved: 6/8/2018

last visited: never

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Un Quonset hut qui sert de garage pour les bétons Demix.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LadyKarine

location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 6/8/2018

last visited: never

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Cet abri Quonset se trouve aux Fermes Fortin et Daigle. This Quonset hut is located at Fortin & Daigle Farms.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member machard

location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 4/5/2018

last visited: never

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La Menuiserie Moussion-Gauvrit à Grosbreuil

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Zam's

location: Pays de la Loire, France

date approved: 3/13/2018

last visited: 2/11/2018

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Second of two Quonset Huts at Bee Builder's Supply, Melissa TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/6/2017

last visited: 12/3/2017

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One of two Quonset Huts at Bee Builder's Supply, Melissa TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/6/2017

last visited: 12/3/2017

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A quonset hut serves as the city hall for the tiny town of Hillman MN, which was profiled as the 37th of 100 cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Minnesota

date approved: 7/27/2017

last visited: 7/27/2017

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The Worley Grange 348 in Worley, ID.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: Idaho

date approved: 7/19/2017

last visited: never

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Another farmer who is using a Quonset hut to replace and old barn and store his equipment.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 6/3/2017

last visited: never

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On private property, visible from the road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/5/2017

last visited: never

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A building within a building! This Quonset hut is located inside the Museum of Flight on the first floor of the Personal Courage Wing. Admission fees apply.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

location: Washington

date approved: 4/26/2017

last visited: never

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Part of the Coi complex une partie du complexe du Coi

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sara et gege

location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

date approved: 3/21/2017

last visited: 3/21/2017

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Set behind what was the Barberie Machinery agricultural machinery sales yard, is this moderately large Quonset hut.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie

location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 1/29/2017

last visited: never

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The hut is for the public work department of the town of Hagerman, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: New Mexico

date approved: 12/22/2016

last visited: never

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A small town Quonset hut.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Keldar5

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 12/11/2016

last visited: 10/5/2016

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This army green Quonset is located on WI just on the edge of Sparta, Wisconsin.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 11/21/2016

last visited: never

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At the small airport of Schwenningen, Germany, Baden-Württemberg exists a small nice aviation museum. The main building of the museum is an old hangar in the design of a Quonset Hut.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tante.Hossi

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 9/26/2016

last visited: never

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New home on old farm land

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 7/9/2016

last visited: never

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This Quonset Hut is located in the town of Granville Ferry near Annapolis Royal on the Annapolis River.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Nova Scotia, Canada

date approved: 6/23/2016

last visited: never

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