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Despite being manufactured three-quarters of a century ago, many LeTourneau Carefree Homes are still in use, happily occupied by a wide range of residents. In the April 2017 issue of IBI Magazine, Terry Bibo captures the history of an existing Carefree Home and profiles its owner and occupant. Read the article below to learn how the home looks and is used today.

Living in a Carefree Home - by Terry Bibo - Photography by Greg Neaveill

Considering the 80-year gap, it’s surprisingly easy to trace the spiritual connection between the industrialist and the artist. In 1937, Robert “R.G.” LeTourneau was an ironworker, carpenter, inventor, contractor and businessman whose company had recently relocated in central Illinois to be close to Caterpillar Tractor Co. In 2017, Sarah Nesbit lives, works, paints, plays, and teaches in one of the tiny steel homes LeTourneau masterminded as affordable housing for a Peoria workforce battered by the Great Depression.

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Brittany Brown, vice president of the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation, one of the partners in the Steel House Revival, addresses the press conference.

Cold temperatures greeted the media, shown on site at the Steel House Revival press conference

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Despite the frigid conditions, a crowd attended the January 9 press conference for the Steel House Revival project

Komatsu employees have offered to help restore the Steel House; here, the employees are thanked by Brittany Brown.

photos by Jim Bateman

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