Naval History and Heritage Command

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Quonset Hut Manuals 


Placing the Quonset hut on a trailer bed, Majuro Atoll.

Placing the Quonset hut on a trailer bed, Majuro Atoll.


In 1941, the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor. The George A. Fuller construction company was selected to manufacture them.

The structure of a Quonset hut may seem simple, but it did evolve over time. Adapted to meet a variety of climates and conditions, the Quonset hut demonstrated its mandate to be easily installed, taken down, and transported. While there are many types of arched-ribbed huts, the Quonset hut remains unique.

After World War II, a number of surplus Quonset huts were sold to civilians for residential and commercial uses. The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum has digitized our manuals to assist patrons refurbishing or refabricating Quonset huts. 

Published:Wed Dec 14 16:57:09 EST 2016