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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Expand-A-House "Entertaining" configuration
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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 631, Expand-A-House, 1948-1954

Summary: Bel Geddes's design and prospectus for low-cost houses with removable walls was a nationwide merchandising scheme. The job consolidates Lehigh Valley Housing (job 632).

For a more detailed description of holdings, see Kristen Noel Brown, House Designs of Norman Bel Geddes: Four Projects from the Collection of the Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin thesis, 2007).

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 49 631.1-2 Presentation Book "The Norman Bel Geddes Expand-A-House Tomorrow's House Today".
box 49 631.3 Prospects Correspondence 1950, 1953.
box 49 631.4 32 Blueprints of plan sketches.
box 49 631.5 Data --- Patent Search - Correspondence and patents.
box 49 631.6 Data --- Expando Apartment ms. notes. Clippings, flyer 1948-1951.
box 49 631.7 Expand-A-Bed --- Englander Prospect - Memos, correspondence 1954.
box 49 631.8-9 Expand-A-Bed --- Disappearing Beds Presentation Book, memo.
damaged flat box 20 631.1 Kitchen Unit for Living Room --- 2 Sketches.
damaged flat box 20 631.2 Levitt House --- Better Homes and Gardens offprints, plan set of 6 blueprints, 2 drawings. Lehigh Development Corp. --- NBG designs - 7 drawings, 5 sketches, 2 blueprints.