Park Forest 1950s Museum

Old Plank Road Trail (IL)

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A woman and child standing on the completed sidewalks of Park Forest, IL. Park Forest was the first fully planned, post-World War II suburb.

Following World War II, many American veterans and their families searched for new homes. To accommodate the expanding need for housing, Park Forest and other communities across the country built the first mass-produced suburbs. Suburban homes were constructed using materials produced on factory assembly lines, so all the houses were architecturally identical. At the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, visitors can learn about “America’s Original GI Town” and explore a 1950s home, room by room.


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