Thanks to our friend over at A Time To Get for reigniting an old love– the military Quonset hut. And wouldn’t you just know it– the LIFE archive has some amazing images of them being uniquely repurposed for life off the base. If I do ever end up hitting the skids, at least I have a plan B for cheap and practical lodging.
Quonset Huts rented out during a housing shortage for $32 per month for a maximum of three years. --1946
Veteran's families lining up to look at Quonset Huts rented out during a housing shortage. --1946
Family demonstrating living in a Quonset Hut. --1946
Elementary class held in quonset hut. --Los Alamos, NM 1948.
Elementary school teacher holds class in quonset hut. --Los Alamos, NM 1948.
An exterior view of the new Keedoozle automatic grocery store which is housed in a former quonset hut. --Memphis, TN 1948.
An interior view of the new Keedoozle automatic grocery store which is housed in a former quonset hut. --Memphis, TN 1948.
Quonset hut serving as the National Bank of Guam. --1945
US Marines of Devilcats squadron hunting through magazines to add to their collection of nearly 3,000 pin-ups (including over 200 of Marilyn Monroe) serving as wallpaper for their Quonset hut during the Korean War. --Korea, 1952.
American bomber crew serving in the frigid Aleutian Islands play cards while relaxing in their quonset hut, the ceiling of which is covered with hundreds of glamorous female pinups. --Aluetian Islands, 1944.
American servicemen relaxing in a quonset hut being used as a library on an island base during WWII. --Gilbert Islands, 1944.