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 October 22, 1999

Levittown cited as first model of mass-produced housing

The mass production of housing with the efficiency of Henry Ford’s automobile-manufacturing industry was first taken to a science in Levittown, N.Y., after World War II. And Levittown’s large-scale tract housing would become the model of mass-produced suburban housing.

Both Tom Clark, chairman of the department of planning and design at the University of Colorado, and John Prosser, former dean and professor of architecture and urban design at the university, point to Levittown as the landmark. “(Bill) Levitt was absolutely the originator of mass-produced housing,” Prosser says.

Levittown was funded by the federal government to service the needs of returning military personnel in the post-war era because the housing shortage was “ferocious,” as Prosser puts it. Metro Denver alone was 40,000 housing units short. Virtually nothing had been built during the war because special permits had been required.

— Jeanie Straub

The mass production of housing with the efficiency of Henry Ford’s automobile-manufacturing industry was first taken to a science in Levittown, N.Y., after World War II. And Levittown’s large-scale tract housing would become the model of mass-produced suburban housing.

Both Tom Clark, chairman of the department of planning and design at the University of Colorado, and John Prosser, former dean and professor of architecture and urban design at the university, point to Levittown as the landmark. “(Bill) Levitt was absolutely the originator of mass-produced housing,” Prosser says.

Levittown was funded by the federal government to service the needs of returning military personnel…

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