Spartan Manor Home

Buckminster Fuller
Wichita House

Housing Act of 1969
Federal regulation for
mobile home loans
Commissioned by the Beech Aircraft Company in order to make up for the decline in airplane production after World War Two, the Wichita House was designed to sell for $6,500 or approximately 50 cents a pound. Fuller's concern with creating an inexpensive and efficient solution to the problem of housing led him to develop the Wichita House so that it could be erected by a single person.

Image Credit: The Artifacts of Buckminster Fuller, edt James Ward, Garland Publishing, 1984

As it happened the American public did not share Fuller's belief that mechanical efficiency ought to be expressed in their homes. The Wichita House went the way of its predecessor, the Dymaxion House.

At this same time Fuller was asserting that housing would come to be viewed as a service rather than a commodity, and that as a result consumers would be able to upgrade, as new models came out. In fact, this view more closely articulates housing as a kind of appliance. This perspective was shared in practice, if not in principle, by both the banking industry and the legal system which regulated credit loans for mobile home buyers.