John Gleissner residence

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John Gleissner residence in 2011. Photograph by Brian Chatham

The John Gleissner was an enameled all-steel prefabricated house constructed in 1949 for John and Katharine Gleissner at 2420 Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook. The 3-bedroom "Westchester" model house ordered by Wright from Realty Investment of Birmingham was manufactured by the Lustron Corporation in Columbus, Ohio.

The 1,209-square-foot rectangular gabled house used approximately 3,000 pre-fabricated components which were shipped to the building site on a single specially-modified truck for assembly. The house was designed with a large living room open to a dining space and kitchen. A utility room was screened off from the kitchen by a partial wall. Three bedrooms and a bath on the back of the house were accessed from a small vestibule off the living room. The exterior of the house featured 2-foot square enameled steel exterior panels, in "desert tan".

The house was later owned by Cynthia Thomas. Later it was purchased by developer Margi Ingram as a rental property.

As one of just 11 Lustron houses remaining extant in Alabama, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 2000.

In 2015 Ingram demolished the house as well as the adjoining Bernice Wright Lustron house for construction of the Manning Condos.


  • Ford, Gena A. and Trina Binkley (January 2000) "Lustron Houses in Alabama". Multiple Property Docoumentation Form. National Register of Historic Places
  • Poe, Kelly (March 3, 2015) "Two historic Lustron houses to be demolished for The Manning condos." The Birmingham News