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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 hut in downtown San Andreas.

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location: California

date approved: 4/20/2020

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Next to the fire station. A coté de la caserne des pompiers.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sara et gege

location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

date approved: 4/9/2020

last visited: 10/4/2019

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This Quonset Hut is located in Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada.

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location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 4/1/2020

last visited: 5/4/2020

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A quonset hut in Ehrenberg , AZ.

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location: Arizona

date approved: 3/6/2020

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This Quonset Hut is located in south Fargo, between the river and University Drive.

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location: North Dakota

date approved: 2/2/2020

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Quonset hut for a local business.

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location: Florida

date approved: 10/8/2019

last visited: 9/24/2019

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Soccer Complex Quonset Hut.

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location: North Dakota

date approved: 8/6/2019

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A pair of Quonset huts laid out in an "L" serve as barns on the Circle R Ranch in Oakland, Maryland. They can be seen from above on Sand Flat Road.

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location: Maryland

date approved: 7/20/2019

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A Quonset hut is along the drive from Bumble Bee Road up Airport Road to Garrett County Airport in Accident, Maryland.

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location: Maryland

date approved: 7/20/2019

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The Garrett County Agriculture Fair has a pair of Emkay Quonset huts on the southwest border of the fairgrounds. They serve as exhibition halls.

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location: Maryland

date approved: 7/20/2019

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This Nissen/Quonset Hut definitely looks abandoned, beside the main road into Manilla.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie

location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 6/30/2019

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Quonset hut located off of 15th Street East in Bradenton, Florida.

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location: Florida

date approved: 6/4/2019

last visited: 5/30/2019

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Large Quonset hiding between buildings in Gadsden, AL.

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location: Alabama

date approved: 5/27/2019

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Not far down for the 'Village car park' is a large, white Quonset Hut.

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location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 5/15/2019

last visited: 9/24/2019

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There are many outbuildings at the Collingwood Agricultural Society's Fairgrounds. The name of this one leaves no doubt as to what type of building it is.

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location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 5/12/2019

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This quonset hut makes for a little bit of an odd site right in the middle of Vauxhall's downtown. But it serves a useful purpose.

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location: Alberta, Canada

date approved: 4/26/2019

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This Quonset hut is at the birthplace of the Quonset Hut! (On land formerly part of The Quonset Point Naval Air Station/Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center.) The Town of North Kingstown owns/operates the Allen Harbor Marina. Free parking.

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location: Rhode Island

date approved: 3/15/2019

last visited: 3/15/2019

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A number of quonset huts dot the landscape of the community of Vanastra, which was once a military base. This one is home to a woodworking company.

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location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 2/13/2019

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A group of seven Quonset Huts in Kress, Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 1/21/2019

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DE: Paintball-Halle am Fühlinger See in Köln. EN: Paintball hall at the lake Fühlinger See in Cologne.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 1/18/2019

last visited: 3/16/2020

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Clemens Field Quonset Hut - Hannibal MO

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location: Missouri

date approved: 12/30/2018

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The Quonset hut constructed within this Massachusetts-based Bob's Stores department store building is used for display purposes on the exterior and fitting rooms within the interior portion.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 401Photos

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 12/17/2018

last visited: never

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Coupled quonset huts used as church after WW II.

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location: Zeeland, Netherlands

date approved: 10/7/2018

last visited: 10/8/2018

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A Quonset Hut Hangar at Smartt Field in St. Charles County, Missouri

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location: Missouri

date approved: 10/6/2018

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A vintage World War II-era quonset hut that appears to be owned by the City of Junction City.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/6/2018

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