National Building Museum

Housing on the Home Front

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Planning the Home Front 

A potent mix of innovation, advocacy, and political debate spurred the housing field during World War II. Sarah Jo Peterson, author of Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run, shares the story of housing for war workers in Detroit and its suburbs. Debates about housing for the “Arsenal of Democracy” exemplified Americans at war, while setting the stage for post-war suburbia. A book signing follows the program. This program complements the exhibition House & Home, which will be open to attendees before the discussion.

1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)


$12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Photo: Book cover of Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Community at Willow Run. Courtesy of The University of Chicago Press.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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