Editor’s note: Earlier this year, we ran a story about the Barton County Historical Society Museum’s Lustron House. Here, an update.
We’ve all seen posts on social media from friends on a quest to see a game in every Major League Baseball stadium in the country, to find the best barbecue in the state, or to take a photo in front of the welcome sign to each state in the union. Opting into the adventure of a quest looks appealing, and the experiences along the way tend to make life richer. If you’ve been itching for adventure too, you can get started today, right here, in Great Bend.
Earlier this summer, the Barton County Historical Society Museum’s Lustron house made it onto another must-see list, this time for the website, Retrorenovation.com. The list, “59 mid century and modern historic house museums that you can visit,” features the Lustron as one of three recommended stops in Kansas. The others include the Frank-Lloyd Wright designed Allen-Lambe House in Wichita, and the 1950s All Electric House in Shawnee.
Other notables on the list include several other homes designed by architect Frank-Lloyd Wright, and homes of 20th century icons of music and art, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and homes once lived in by painters Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollack.
A map showing the location of each of the 59 homes can be found at the website
(https://retrorenovation.com/historic-mid-century-modern-house-museums/#respond), and a link to websites for each of the museums can be accessed by clicking on the associated icon.
Great Bend has been the destination of Lustron enthusiasts for many years. According to Bev Komarek, director at the BCHS Museum, she has learned from members of various Lustron groups, the Great Bend Lustron is the only one in the country that is open and on display to the public because it is owned by a museum. Others are privately held, and only open by consent of their owners.