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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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A repurposed quonset hut located at the Flabob Airport in Riverside.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 5/3/2016

last visited: never

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This is one of the most unusual Quonset huts you will ever see. Built on the side of the city pier adjacent to one of three rows of boathouses, this Quonset hut serves as a shop. It's specific offering may vary from year to year....

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sagefemme

location: New York

date approved: 4/19/2016

last visited: never

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This quonset hut is home to a guided tour of a Russian submarine known as the 'Scorpion.'

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: California

date approved: 4/11/2016

last visited: never

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A simple quonset hut along S Briggs Rd in Santa Paula, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 4/7/2016

last visited: never

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Bâtiment pour la vente de matériau pour la construction et les travaux publics. Building for the sale of material for the construction and public works.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine

location: Centre, France

date approved: 3/28/2016

last visited: 4/6/2016

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Quonset HutsOberon Dam Storage Hut - Oberon, NSW

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A large quonset hut sits below the dam wall near Oberon.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tuena

location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 2/29/2016

last visited: never

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A quonset hut on Kentucky Ave in Woodland, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/25/2016

last visited: never

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This Quonset hut is now the function room for the local American Legion Post.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar

location: Illinois

date approved: 2/6/2016

last visited: never

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This This Quonset Hut is located somwhere in nowhere between the two little villages "Wiblingen" and "Unterkirchberg" near Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member [somnambulist]

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 2/6/2016

last visited: never

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This 'large' corrugated iron, "Q" style Quonset hut houses the majority of the aviation displays for the Williamtown RAAF base Fighter World history museum. It has a quite large 'diameter' - possibly 35 m.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie

location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 2/5/2016

last visited: never

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Located on Wolf Hill Rd

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 11/10/2015

last visited: never

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This L shaped Quonset Hut is on historic Route 60 in Mesa, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/26/2015

last visited: never

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Quonset HutsWeather Shack Quonset Hut - Mesa, Arizona

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This Quonset Hut houses the Weather Shack on East Main Street in Mesa, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/26/2015

last visited: never

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Quonset HutsMcdowell Blvd Quonset Hut - Apache Junction, Arizona

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This Quonset hut sits off Mcdowell Blvd in Apache Junction, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/23/2015

last visited: never

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Extra large, 96 ft. wide by at least 100 ft. long. Six very large, very tall doors. Possibly they slide to open.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sbcamper

location: California

date approved: 10/15/2015

last visited: never

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This Quonset huts is on the grounds of Agritopia, a demonstration garden in Gilbert, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/5/2015

last visited: never

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Quonset HutsCampbell Enterprises Quonset Huts - Gilbert, Arizona

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These two Quonset huts are located on the east side of Gilbert Road at Warner Road in Gilbert, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 10/5/2015

last visited: never

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Quonset HutsCesar Chavez National Historic Monument Hut - Keene, CA

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A quonset hut on the grounds of Cesar Chavez National Historic Monument.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 9/20/2015

last visited: never

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A quonset hut on Ave 248 outside of Tulare, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 9/13/2015

last visited: never

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A hut in Poplar, CA for a mechanic shop.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/31/2015

last visited: never

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[FR] Un camp Quonset dans le quartier de Trentemoult à Rezé. [EN] A Quonset hut in the Trentemoult quarter of Rezé.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Pays de la Loire, France

date approved: 7/31/2015

last visited: never

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Owego Station 4 is on the South side of the Susquehanna River.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff

location: New York

date approved: 6/28/2015

last visited: never

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Justin Lodge No. 963, A.F. & A.M is located at 208 S FM 156, Justin, TX. They meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM, with a meal at 6:30 PM.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil

location: Texas

date approved: 5/31/2015

last visited: 9/14/2015

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This quonset hut in suburban Ballarat is used as a shed by the Ballarat East Community Men's Shed (BECS).

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ThePacman

location: Victoria, Australia

date approved: 5/25/2015

last visited: never

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Quonset Huts602-604 Chemin de Saint-Jean, La Prairie, Qc, Canada

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Un Quonset Hut avec améliorations. A Quonset Hut that has been much improved.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LeGrandChrist

location: Quebec, Canada

date approved: 5/2/2015

last visited: 4/3/2016

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