What's old is new again: Detroit's Quonset hut community opens for residents

Huts were originally developed for the U.S. military in 1941

By Ken Haddad, Alex Atwell - Photojournalist

DETROIT - Detroit is bringing in the old for a new type of neighborhood: welcome to True North.

Truth North is a Quonset hut community that opened earlier this summer to residents.

The community, located off Grand River and 16th, began building last year and now the small community is bustling with energy.

The huts are fully equipped with kitchens and plenty of space to create a home.

The huts were originally developed for the U.S. military in 1941, specifically for the U.S. Navy. They needed an all-purpose building that could be shipped easily to any place in the world.

Nearly 200,000 huts were manufactured during World War II. After the war, the U.S. began selling the huts to the public. They were used to various things, including student housing and other residential and retail needs.

Here's a fun history tidbit on the huts from Buildings Guide:

Quonsets also contributed significantly to the classic country music and the root of rock and roll. It was during the late forties and early fifties that Owen Bradley set up a brand new music studio now commonly known by the name of Decca Records. He assembled a Quonset hut steel building in Nashville, Tennessee and set the foundations of one of the most successful music recording studios in history. The shape and the steel construction of the huts proved to be ideal for the music recording business. The songs recorded in the metal Quonset building became famous due to the outstanding acoustic space provided by the arched walls. Well-known country music artists like Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and even Johnny Cash recorded music in the strong and economical Quonset hut during their most formative years.

Alex Atwell toured the new neighborhood this week, check it out below:

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