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History of the Bathroom Part 4: The Perils of Prefabrication via @LloydAlter

History of the Bathroom Part 4: The Perils of Prefabrication via @LloydAlter

In 1940, Buckminster Fuller receieved Patent 2220482 for a prefabricated bathroom. Fuller wrote in his claim: Attempts have been made heretofore to provide prefabricated bathrooms with the object of lowering the cost of building a bathroom into a dwelling. Such bathrooms, however, by reason of their great weight and more or less conventional construction, have involved relatively high costs by the time they have been shipped and installed for use....It is an object of my invention to provide a compact, light prefabricated bathroom which may be readily installed either in a dwelling under construction or in a dwelling that is already built. Fuller's design was very clever; it was designed to break up into slices so that it could be carried up a stairwell if need be. But Siegfried Gideon was not impressed: As so often in the eagerness of full mechanization, the construction ...

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