Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TPE: Monsanto's House of the Future

I will often rip on Tomorrowland. Despite having some very fun attractions (Star Tours, Space Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters), it just does not have the innovation or futuristic vision of hope that this area's name would imply. The construction photos shown here are of one of the most legendary and forward-thinking attractions ever to be presented at Disneyland. The Fickle Finger of Fate Award will be bestowed upon the reader who can identify these shadowy figures that I have zoomed in on:

Wacky beyond belief, this "Home of the Future" gave guests a glimpse of what sponsor Monsanto thought would eventually be standard to homeowners.

Zooming in again, you can see The Carnation Plaza Gardens area and the lattice-work that is now under construction for a Princess Meet-And-Greet. Once again, I digress.

Back to the Future...construction began at Disneyland on January 7, 1957. The house was made from eight prefabricated white plastic sections with large windows and was anchored to a solid concrete foundation that was earthquake rated.

This September 1958 color image shows the finished product. Inside were plastic furnishings and fascinating modern appliances such as dishwashers, microwave, an intercom system, and closets filled with polyester clothes.

The kitchen table is ready for the next meal:

Zooming in, you can see that the "Weldron" vinyl chair was furnished by the Barash Company:

How about a large-screen TV? I wonder if it actually worked?

Back on the outside, the landscaping was definitely lush, nicely offsetting the sterility of the exterior design.

Besides giving guests hope of new gizmos for the future, it also gave them hope that love could still be found...even behind the bubbles.

See more vintage Disneyland House of the Future photos on my House of the Future web page.


K. Martinez said...

While Tomorrowland still needs work, I think it’s better than it was just over a decade ago. I just wish they’d make a decision on the PeopleMover tracks. Do something or get rid of them. The tracks looks bad just sitting there with no action.

I have no idea who those people are, but the pics are really cool. I like the Carnation Plaza Gardens and Home of the Future construction shots.

Space Girl! Her special “space” heels designed for walking on the moon’s surface, not to mention her scientifically designed space suit. Tomorrowland - where science-fact meets science-fantasy.

Connie Moreno said...

Holy smokes, Dave, this post had me drooling all over my keyboard, LOL! Phenomenal photos!!

Darryl said...

Would the lone person in the top photo be John Hench?

Daveland said...

Darryl - I'm pretty sure it isn't Hench; it looks more like actor Phil Silvers, but I'm sure that's not right either.