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Quonset hut

Quonset hut

kiiti, Smiley Derleth, Andy Rodker, Jörg and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo


23 comments - The latest ones
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
nice bw
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Annemarie club
Many thanks, Annemarie!
2 months ago.
 polytropos
polytropos club
Quonset ist theplace where the hut stands or the material it is made of?
Beautiful shape!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to polytropos club
These WWII military huts, manly used as barracks, were made in Quonset, New Jersey. They were inexpensive and could be quickly built to suit the location. The design was copied from the British Nissen hut, named after its designer. The Nissen has a tighter arch than the American Quonset* The British released their patent so that other countries could copy the design during wartime. After the war, these have been used as residential housing, barns, warehouses and workshops. I happen to be very fond of them!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissen_hut
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quonset_hut

*I don't know the proper term for this.
2 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
Ah, thanks a lot for detailed reply and the links!
2 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Just like we have in Australia...here called Nissan huts...no idea why!
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Diana Australis club
That's the British name for them, they were invented during WWII by a man with the last name of Nissen. Americans copied the design, as it was "open-sourced" so other countries could build them. See links above in my reply to polytropos.
2 months ago.
 beapixa
beapixa club
Mit dem Kommentar alles sehr interessant.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to beapixa club
Thank you, beapixa!
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Aaaah, the Nissan hut's American cousin! I lived in a few of these early on in my Royal Navy career, mainly in training. They can be quite comfortable actually, an inner layer of corrugated iron - spaced away from the outer layer gives air insulation..........just add a couple of pot-bellied coal burning stoves and you're set.

A nice find and a lovely piece of nostalgia Diana.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Keith Burton club
There seem to be quite a few around here, as they were re-purposed for many other things in farm country.
2 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Here they always were known as Nissen huts. There used to be quite a few around, but it's some time since I saw one.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to tiabunna club
Right - see my links above in my reply to polytropos. Too bad you've lost most of yours! I think the ones here are mostly on farms, some are workshops.
2 months ago.
 Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters club
Here is one in rural England. Its double height windows make me think it is probably in industrial use. www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/26460323/in/album/514735
I like the simple lines of yours.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Phil Sutters club
That's a nice one! It certainly does look like work is going on in there, and maybe originally. They wouldn't do that for just a barracks, I suppose. Thanks for that, Phil!
2 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Used to see a lot of these in the 1950's and 60's Diane, especially in Wiltshire where there was a large army presence. Looks great in mono.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
They are kind of made for mono, I guess! I see them quite often around here. There has been a small military base here for many years, so they might have come from there after the war.
2 months ago.
 slgwv
slgwv club
Obviously, where the Quonsets live! ;)
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to slgwv club
Right, from the old animated TV show of the same name. pre-Jetsons
2 months ago.
 GrahamH
GrahamH club
Thanks for the photo and info. A long time since I've seen one in Australia.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to GrahamH club
Aw, that's too bad, I suppose they were recycled for the metal. I'm sure that many have met that fate in the US, but my particular area still has a lot of them. Makes a sturdy, cheap farm building.
2 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Similar to Nissen Huts, as has been mentioned above - common in the UK during WWII. They were still commonly seen when I was a child and (like Rosa) I remember them well.
2 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Thanks to Mr. Nissen's generosity, we had our Quonset huts. For some reason, there are a lot of them in and around Klamath Falls, some are in my gallery.
2 months ago.

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