Fair Lea Estates and/or ALCOA "Care-free" House
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#1 Aug 25, 2011
I am doing some research concerning ALCOA "Care-free" Aluminum homes that were built around 1957.
According to a brochure for these mid-century modernist homes, there was one of these built in Fair Lea Estates on Southampton Dr. in Dayton, OH.
This is one of the few of these roughly 25 homes that I have not been able to locate.
It is possible that this location was never built, it is possible that the home is no longer extant but I am still trying to track down any information anyone has on this house.
Can anyone help me locate the area, street, or development that might have been called "Fair Lea Estates" in the late 1950's?
Also, any information on the ALCOA home that may have been built in Dayton is welcome!
#2 Aug 25, 2011
Were these homes also called by another name?
There are two homes that featured square aluminum tile siding built on Franklin St.(Ohio 725)in Centerville Oh (45459) in the late 50's. Both are still standing, the siding has been replaced on one and painted yellow on the other. One has been converted to office space.
Both building are located just south of the intersection of Franklin St. and Hampton Rd.
So far as I know, the homes located on Southampton Dr. are an upscale neighborhood of all brick homes.
#3 Aug 25, 2011
Hello Wiser Now -
Thank you for your speedy reply!
Anything is possible but I believe they were only marketed as "ALCOA Care-free" Homes.
I will look into the two houses that you described above and see if either is the house I am researching.
Is Southampton Dr. in Fair Lea Estates?
#4 Aug 25, 2011
Hello Wiser Now -
I believe I have found the house.
I went back and looked at the Southampton Dr. area a little more and found the house on Sanderson Dr.
It appears to still be in fairly original exterior condition but with a breezeway roof cut-out roofed over (not an uncommon change on these houses).
Thanks for your help!
#5 Aug 25, 2011
Parts of that neighborhood predate our move to Centerville in the mid fifties. That area is extensive and consists mostly of custom built brick ranch homes. That is the case with most of the Centerville-Washington Twp. area. With the exception of the "Concept Homes" developement in the area, the subdivisions in the area were custom homes and the neighborhoods weren't named at all. I have never heard of Fair Lea Estates.
I vaguely remember the "Concept" homes being built with aluminum interior walls and a sprayed on textured finish on the interior walls. I know someone who used to live in one of those homes and will check with her. The exteriors were brick and siding. I'll ask her about a name for the subdivision too.
#6 Aug 25, 2011
Hello again, Wiser Now -
Here is a link to give you a feel for the "ALCOA Care-free" home's aesthetics: http://retrorenovation.com/2008/08/04/1958-al...
They do include brick but for exterior walls/screens. Otherwise they really just use the Aluminum (both inside and out and on a majority of the surfaces) as a veneer over traditional post and beam / balloon framing.
#7 Aug 25, 2011
there are two Lustron homes on the property of Hawker UCC in Beavercreek.
#8 Aug 25, 2011
Interesting. Not at all the typical home for the neighborhood in question.
#10 Mar 7, 2013
I renember as a kid going to visit a purple aluminun exterior (I think)Alcoa house with my Dad. I will check with my sister and see ifshe has any recollection. There definitely was a metal exterior.
#12 Sep 22, 2017
Might be a little late but the house on Sanderson does exist. There is an estate sale going on there now if you want to go thru the house. 9/22/2017.
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