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The Futuro House

One of Covington’s quirkiest landmarks is known locally as the Spaceship House.  Perched halfway up a no-outlet street in West Covington, the privately owned building is not open to visitors, but it is worth driving by to see the 26′ diameter “Futuro House.” The first Futuro House was built in Finland in 1968, made entirely of reinforced plastic and light enough to be transported by helicopter. With 525 square feet of living space, the Futuro House could accommodate 8 people because of space-saving innovations like built-in furniture. The rising price of plastic in the 70s made production of the homes impractical, so only 96 Futuro houses were ever built. Covington is fortunate to have one of these sci-fi homes on a quiet residential street.  In 1973, Rob Detzel purchased this Futuro House and exhibited it at a Home & Garden Show.  In 1976, he had the Futuro relocated to Covington where it remains today.   This site is not open to the public.

 

Pictured is a replica of the Futuro house found in Covington.    Picture By Peter Dowden – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6440711

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