and Sons announced on May 7, 1947 that were going to build 2,000 rental
homes for the veterans and their families. The New York Herald Tribune
printed a story 2 days later that 50% of the homes were already rented
and they weren't even built yet. The housing boom was started, and
Levittown was created.
Because of this housing boom, Levitt and Sons needed to build these
houses fast and cheap so the veterans could be approved for their loans.
So the developer and his sons decided to build the homes on concrete
slabs, elimimating basements. This was something they had done for the
Navy Housing in Norfolk, Va. So the zoning for the town had to
change the building codes so they could go on with the housing plan.
Buyers at settlement.
[Nassau County Museum]
Levitt and Sons owned a lumber yard in Blue Lake, California and a nail
factory. These were purchase over the years as they had built previous
developments. With building techniques that they used in the past were
implemented with the developing of Levittown. So all the lumber was
precut and shipped from California, in which they reopened an abandon
rail line to bring in materials.
Basic Cape framing
were arguments over the usage of
non-union labor, but this was necessary to keep the cost down. They were
so successful of the
usage of the production line technique, by 1948
they were turning out thirty houses a day.
The community almost
immediately needed a school district. ''In 1949 we had potato
fields.'' said Dr. Herman A. Sirois, Superintendent of the Levittown
School District. ''In 1950 we had a school system. In 1952 we had
down on Levittown, c. 1956, Jack Rosen
Levitt and Sons couldn't keep up with the demand
of hundreds of veterans who were
applying for houses. Even though all of the 2,000 houses that were built were rented. So
they decided to build an additional 4,000 homes. Before they knew it schools, a
post office, streetlights and phone service was in the community. So in 1949,
they stopped building rental homes and designed the "Ranch Style" home which was
advertised as a large, modern home with the price of $7900. All you would needed
is a $90 down payment with monthly mortgage payments of $58 per month.