Historic House Gets New Home

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A historic house in central Illinois is getting a new home. In a collaborative effort, a carefree house made entirely of steel is moving to the Wheels O’ Time Museum.

Peoria industrial R.G. LeTourneau developed the concept for a steel home toward the end of the Great Depression.

Dozens popped up in central Illinois include the one on its way to the museum. It was a manufacturing office at the Komatsu factory site.

The company has donated the structure to the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, and the organization wants to share its history.

“As Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation to really have the opportunity to partner with both the Wheels ‘O Time Museum and the historical society is maybe even the longer term benefit to us as cultural organizations in the community,” the foundation’s vice president Brittany Brown said.

The total cost for the revitalization project is $180,000. That includes long-term maintenances.

They hope to have the exhibit ready for the public by the Fall.

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