Sunday, June 10, 2012

Quonset Hut

Steve Arens asked where the name for the Quonset hut came from. The Quonset hut was a priority item in World War II because it was a lightweight prefabricated all-purpose structure that could be easily shipped and assembled on site. It was usually constructed of corrugated galvanized steel, but the ones destined for tropical regions often used spruce to prevent rusting in humid climates.

The George A. Fuller Construction Company won the contract. Their factory was located in Quonset Point, a small peninsula thrusting into Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Quonset Point was the site of a large naval base at that time.

As the March 1, 1942, Chicago Tribune explained, “The navy calls the prefabricated steel houses ‘Quonset huts’ because they are made in Quonset, Rhode Island.”

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