Classic films collection following the home building, home builders, and residential construction industry.
A Report To Home Builders
Length: 21 Minutes
Post World War II America was moving away from war time pursuits to peace time living. Soldiers coming from home wanted nothing more than the benefits of a comfortable, affordable home that he and Mrs. G.I. could enjoy in peace. A Report To Home Builders, shows how post war America was able to afford such peace time offerings. Building your house out of Stran Steel was not only smart because it was durable and reliable but because it was cheap and easy to mass produce. Hawking the benefits of steel the film is not only an informative look at the housing industry and post war materials used to construct houses but, on the attempt of a nation to return to peaceful pursuits.
Community Growth: Crisis & Challenge
Length: 16 Minutes
It used to seem that land was inexhaustible. The whole vast sweep of the American continent, three million square miles of the richest land on earth, a land of quiet main streets, rolling farm lands, plains, forests and mountains; a land with elbow room, with unlimited space for our towns, our cities, and our people to grow. The challenge of growth and preserving the land is one of creating planned cities, cities that make the most out of space and economics, is a challenge which has plagued America for years. The housing boom of the 1950s led to debate over land use and smart growth as people discussed how to manage one of Americas most precious resources, land. Instead of building, bland, sprawling suburban homes in rows that go on forever, the film suggests adding curves, beauty to what should be planned developments. The film raises some extremely compelling points on suburban developments and city planning.
The 1965 Parade of Homes
Length: 31 Minutes
A film from the builders point of view, Parade of Homes features new houses as they are being built in Birmingham, Alabama in 1965. Focusing more on the brick and mortar details, explanations ensue about the materials used, the architecture, and the foundation of the houses. The film promotes the quieter home built in new ways that allows less sound in from the outside, revealing characteristics of past home building techniques. The materials used include gypsum, brick, wood, and, of course, asbestos. Overall, Parade of Homes opens the front door on home building in mid 20th century America.