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Prefabricated building systems can be traced as far back as the seventeenth century when a panelized wood house was shipped from England to Cape Ann in 1624 to provide housing for a fishing fleet. Swedes introduced a notched building-corner technique for the consturction of log cabins just a little over a decade later. By the nineteenth century, portable structures had grown in number as new settlements and colonies were formed, and with them, a demand for immediate housing solutions. The kit houses shipped by rail during the California gold rush in 1849 are one example. Iron buildings shipped to British colonies later in the century are another. By the early part of the twentieth centruy, architects and inventors J. A. Brodie developed wood-framed duplex units in 1904. Four years later, Thomas Edison developed a poured-concrete house meant to provode workers with housing that was not only safe and affordable but also, as described by Scientific American, "artisitic, comfortable, sanitary and not monotonously uniform." Despite Edison's best intentions, it was never built because it was simply too heavy.