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August 28

Developed at the beginning of WWII by engineers Peter Dejongh and Otto Brandenberger of the Fuller Construction Company, the quonset hut derives its name from the location of the Fuller production facility near Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Icons of military presence, quonset huts were designed as prefabricated shelters that could be easily shipped anywhere in the world and readily assembled by untrained troops in the field. The arched form of the quonset was lightweight and strong, composed of a ribbed metal shell with wood framed endwalls. Over 170,000 quonset huts were produced by the end of WWII... and many of these rugged structures still survive today in new lives as shops, warehouses, stores, and housing.

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