House of the Future Past

Disneyland Montsanto House of the Future, Yesterland

While we wait for the results of the first ModernismProject photo challenge on architecture, we figured we’d share this blast from the past.  One of our Facebook friends posted this on our page this week and we couldn’t help but share it again.  Check out Monsanto‘s incredible House of the Future which lived in Disneyland‘s Yesterland from 1957 to 1967.  The four-lobed raised home was entirely built out of plastic and meant to be a living demonstration of style and technology.  It was apparently nearly indestructible.  When demolition day finally came in 1967, the wrecking ball literally bounced off the walls.  Workers were forced to take hacksaws to it in order to remove the suspended structure, which was designed by San Diego-based architect Vincent Bonini.

Montsanto House of the Future
This house portrayed the projected living environment of 1986.  Among the interesting features; dishwashing with ultra sonic waves, the smell of roses released into a room with your heat, closets full of polyester clothing, an experimental microwave oven, and tons of other displays of the various ways that plastics could be employed throughout the home.
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Clearly, what was modern then is not modern now but has our vision of the future been clarified or clouded with the passage of time?  What’s really next?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Photos via The World is Our Oyster, Yesterland, and Private Stock Brand.

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One thought on “House of the Future Past

  1. Jennifer says:

    The design is wonderful. It’s a shame that they pulled it apart and down. I’m sure someone would have loved t have lived in it. It’s just awful that Monsanto had it’s hand in it though. And realistically the world can’t support all that plastic. Interesting for it time.

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