Asbestos wall board was used in building this town in Ohio

 Asbestos wallboard was used in building this town

The photographs below reveal that asbestos wall board was used in building this town in Ohio.

The men working on the Greenhills Resettlement project in 1937 were exposed to asbestos. I wonder if they became ill later and if the wallboard has been removed. Greenhills alone cost $11.5 million, which included purchasing 5,360 acres of land in Springfield Township. About 3,300 workers spent 4.3 million man-hours constructing the town, and many of them became its first residents.

Photojournalist, Russell Lee, visited the Greenhills project in February 1937 and took the following pictures of construction.

Beginning the construction of houses. Greenhills, OhioBeginning the construction of houses. Greenhills, Ohio Feb. 1937 russell lee

Asbestos board house. (When they thought asbestos was safe) Greenhills, Ohio Feb. 1937Asbestos board house. Greenhills, Ohio feb 1937 russell lee

A two-family asbestos board house. Greenhills, OhioA two-family asbestos board house. Greenhills, Ohio feb. 1937 Russell Lee

A group of houses at the Greenhills project. Ohio. These buildings have asbestos board sidingA group of houses at the Greenhills project. Ohio. These buildings have asbestos board siding feb. 1937 russell lee

House nearing completion. Greenhills, Ohio Dec, 1936 by photographer Brice MartinHouse nearing completion. Greenhills, Ohio Dec, 1936 by photographer Brice Martin

Construction on Greenhills project, Ohio Dec, 1936 by photographer Brice MartinConstruction on the Greenhills project. Ohio Dec. 1936 brice martin

Mixing wall plaster for a Greenhills, Ohio, houseMixing wall plaster for a Greenhills, Ohio, house 1937

Man plastering wall in Greenhills, Ohio houseMan plastering wall in Greenhills, Ohio house feb. 1937 russell lee

Houses under construction at Greenhills project near Cincinnati, OhioHouses under construction at Greenhills project near Cincinnati, Ohio feb. 1937 russell lee

Using the level to lay cinder blocks. OhioHouses under construction at the Greenhills project. Using the level to lay cinder blocks. Ohio feb 1937 russell lee

Laying brick. Greenhills project, OhioLaying brick. Greenhills project, Ohio russell lee feb. 1937

Men working on flashing of chimney. Greenhills, OhioMen working on flashing of chimney. Greenhills, Ohio russell lee feb. 1937

Workmen soldering metal trim on roof. Greenhills, OhioWorkmen soldering metal trim on roof. Greenhills, Ohio feb. 1937 russell lee

Pile of soil pipe. Greenhills, Ohio Feb. 1937 and old carsPile of soil pipe. Greenhills, Ohio feb. 1937 russell lee

Laying a hardwood floor. Greenhills project, Ohio Feb. 1937Laying a hardwood floor. Greenhills project, Ohio Feb. 1937 russell lee

Installing wallboard in a house. Greenhills project, Ohio Feb. 1937Installing wallboard in a house. Greenhills project, Ohio Feb. 1937 russell lee

Installing wallboard in a house at the Greenhills project, Ohio. Note sound proofing and insulationInstalling wallboard in a house at the Greenhills project, Ohio. Note sound proofing and insulation feb. 1937 russell lee

Plumbers at work in the basement of a house on the Greenhills project, OhioPlumbers at work in the basement of a house on the Greenhills project, Ohio feb. 1937 russell lee

View of the Greenhills project, Ohio Feb. 1937View of the Greenhills project, Ohio feb. 1937 russell lee

House under construction at Greenhills, OhioHouses under construction at the Greenhills project.2 Ohio feb 1937 russell lee

Aerial view of Greenhills, Ohio in January 1938

Greenhills15 Jan. 1938

Greenhills16 Jan. 1938

Greenhills17 Jan. 1938

Workmen going home from work. Greenhills, Ohio Feb. 1937Workmen going home from work. Greenhills, Ohio russell lee feb. 1937

More photographs of this unique and historic housing project of 1935

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One Response to Asbestos wall board was used in building this town in Ohio

  1. Ron (@asbestos) says:

    Not just wall board, but that picture of plumbers installing a boiler. I’ll be dollars to doughnuts that those pipes were going to be covered with asbestos air cell insulation. The gaskets and other Thermal insulation products were probably asbestos also. The cement board is much less likely to release fibers that the friable air cell type products

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