Basement house, Minnesota, 1947, 

Via Honestly_ on Reddit, who says:

Due to major post-WWII housing shortages, some families excavated a basement on their lot and lived there until they could afford to build a house.

Photo from Minnesota Historical Society, published in Minnesota Modern, which covers midcentury modern buildings in the area.

Looks practical – cozy in the winter, cool in the summer. Though in the winter ventilation would be a problem when it gets piled high with snow. 

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