Stigmatized Architecture: Mobile Home Parks and the National Register of Historic Places

Madison Rippy (Western Kentucky University)

In this paper, I will argue that mobile home parks and mobile homes are a valid form of housing in vernacular architecture and should be added to the National Register of Historic Places. Mobile homes are one of the most common forms of vernacular architecture in the United States and have the potential to satisfy the National Register’s requirements of age, importance, and distinct characteristics that set it apart from other forms of architecture. However, due to its mobile nature, ordinariness, and stigma against mobile homes, examples of this kind of architecture have yet to be added to the Register.

Part of 22-02 Home, Environment, and Material Culture, Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm