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The Futuro House was conceived by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a "portable" ski chalet. It is an iconic piece of architecture and this website is devoted to documenting the history of the Futuro House and the current status and whereabouts of the remaining examples.

                   

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         UPDATED 030919 | ADDED 123118 | JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA, USA | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT

         Previously located at 1243 West Baltimore Pike, Media, Pennsylvania 19063, USA | Moved 2018
         And on County Highway J, Rockland, WI 54653, USA | Moved 2018
Joshua Tree, California, USA [Vicinity Only]
Featured Image By Ronald Jackson | Image Date 030519
 
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Joshua Tree, CA - Ronald Jackson From IG Story 030519  
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Notes, History & Resources
Updated 030919

The photos and videos below are sourced from an Instagram Story from owner Ronald 030519 and give us a first look at the first of two Futuros that will be located in the high desert. For a little more information see right.

Joshua Tree, CA - Ronald Jackson From IG Story 030519 - 1  Joshua Tree, CA - Ronald Jackson From IG Story 030519 - 2

Joshua Tree, CA - Ronald Jackson From IG Story 030519 - 3  Joshua Tree, CA - Ronald Jackson From IG Story 030519 - 4

These videos are embedded using the HTML5 Video tag but I have only tested in my current version of Chrome. In other browsers/versions this may or may not function. If you are unable to view the embedded videos click the link under each video which should then play the video in your browser; to download and save locally right click and select "save as".

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Original Information 123118

There are no images yet available of either of the Joshua Tree Futuros in their new location. The images below [and the image above of Rockland] show these Futuros in previous locations. Additional photographs and historical information can be found on the Media and Rockland pages.

Media Past Locations | Rockland Past Locations

MEDIA, PA

35mm Slide - Llanerch Futuro - Hamburger Stand - 1973The Media Futuro started out life in 1974 when Joan and Matthew Lallo purchased a Futuro and opened a Hamburger restaurant they called The Roundhouse in Llanerch, PA.

This slide, from my collection of "Things Futuro", shows the Futuro at that location [2710 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA | 39°57'54.51"N 75°18'5.04"W]. The slide is annotated C. 1973 but from 1974 or later.

35mm Slide - Llanerch Futuro - Hamburger Stand - 1973 - Detail

The Futuro was relocated to Media, PA sometime around the end of the 1970's and, while it changed hands a couple of times without being moved it remained there through December 2018 when new owner Ronald purchased it and moved it to Joshua Tree. Over the years the condition of the Futuro deteriorated significantly and the photos below show a little of that degradation.

Futuro, Media, PA, USA - Just Before Dismantling 1 July 2012 | Paul Sable

Futuro, Media, PA, USA - Cinnamon McClocskey 1 - 111513 November 2013 | Cinnamon McCloskey

Futuro, Media, PA, USA - Cinnamon McClocskey 3 - 111513 November 2013 | Cinnamon McCloskey

Futuro, Media, PA, USA - aka Skycat Ranger - 053014 May 2014 | aka Skycat Ranger

Futuro House - Media PA - 010115 - Lisa Blohm - 3  Futuro House - Media PA - 010115 - Lisa Blohm - 4 January 2015 | Lisa Blohm

Futuro House - Media PA - 010115 - Lisa Blohm - 5  Futuro House - Media PA - 010115 - Lisa Blohm - 6 January 2015 | Lisa Blohm

Media Futuro - 100818 - rainbowpoopingunicorns - 1 October 2018 | rainbowpoopingunicorns

Media Futuro - 100818 - rainbowpoopingunicorns - 2 October 2018 | rainbowpoopingunicorns

Media Futuro - 100818 - rainbowpoopingunicorns - 3 October 2018 | rainbowpoopingunicorns

Media Futuro - 100818 - rainbowpoopingunicorns - 4 October 2018 | rainbowpoopingunicorns

Media Futuro - 100818 - rainbowpoopingunicorns - 5 October 2018 | rainbowpoopingunicorns

ROCKLAND, WI

The Rockland Futuro started out life at the Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva. The photos below are of a Press Photo from my collection of "Things Futuro" showing the Futuro at the Playboy Resort. Among markings and annotations on the rear of the photo are a red stamp that reads "Sentinel Copy" [perhaps the Milwaukee Sentinel], a date stamp in red which is a little unclear but I believe reads 041870 and a stamp identifying the location of the photograph as the "Playboy Club-Hotel, Lake Geneva, Wis, 53147" and the photographer as one Sol Frishman.

Press Photo, 041870 - Lake Geneva, WI, USA - Front Photo

Press Photo, 041870 - Lake Geneva, WI, USA - Back Photo

In December 1971 the Futuro was moved from the Playboy Resort to a site in Janesville, Wisconsin where is served as both a realty office and a beauty salon. The photo below is from the 122471 issue of the Janesville Gazette and shows the Futuro on the road to Janesville.

Futuro Traveling Through Janesville WI - 122317

An article by Catherine Idzerda in the Janesville Gazette dated 110209 [originally online here GazetteXtra.com but no longer available - archived here included the photo below of the Futuro in Janesville. The photo credited simply as "submitted", so I do not know it's original provenance for credit.

Futuro, Janesville, WI - Janesville Gazette

Photo courtesy of the Janesville Gazette - Janesville resident Sue Campbell models outside of the Futuro home after it was moved to a spot near Janesville in the early 1970s. The structure was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen for use as a holiday home or ski lodge.

The Futuro was subsequently relocated to Sun Prairie, WI where is served as a hair salon and later a gaming arcade for a time. The undated photo below, from a 2013 post on the City of Sun Prairie Museum Facebook Page shows the Futuro in Sun Prairie.

Futuro Sun Prairie Wisconsin - City of Sun Prairie Museum Facebook Page - 102913

The Futuro was then moved [sometime around 1983/84] to a Christian Youth Camp based at Camp Wakonda where it served as a computer camp before being purchased by Doug Flahaut and moved to Rockland right around the end of the 90's. The series of photos were sent to me sometime ago by Doug and show the Futuro as it was in Rockland sometime around 2016.

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 1

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 2  Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 3

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 4  Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 5

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 6

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 7

Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 8  Futuro, Rockland, Wisconsin, USA - Owner Photos 110712 - 9

 
Updated 030919

Things are coming along nicely in Joshua Tree. The one time Rockland Futuro is now assembled in the high desert and, thanks to an Instagram Story from owner Ronald on 030519 we now able to catch a glimpse of the Futuro in its new home as well as get a look at a little of the process of reassembly. Also, in the IG story we learn that the Futuro will in time be available for rent as Ronald creates a "retreat". Very exciting - sign me up!

Some screenshots from the IG Story along with some of the videos that made up the story can be found at left. Great to see how things are going - thanks for sharing Ronald.

I also chatted briefly with Ronald the other day and he tells me his next activity will be to have some fiberglass work done to deal with the current non standard entrance which has the entrance elongated vertically such that it is actually merged with the window above it. Work will be done to recreate the standard configuration and then install the door from the Media Futuro.



Original Information 123118

I recently chatted with Ronald, newly the proud owner of not one, but two, Futuro Houses; the ones previously located in Media and Rockland

The original plan was to purchase a Futuro and locate it on a 5 acre plot in the vicinity of Joshua Tree, California and Ronald was in discusssion with Doug Flahaut to purchase the Rockland Futuro but it looked like that was not going to happen so he diverted his attention to the Media Futuro. Obviously that one was going to take considerably more work to restore but Ronald was "a man on a mission". Ultimately the sale of the Media Futuro went through and Ronald starting working with local folks to dismantle the Futuro ready for removal.

The day after the Media sale closed Ronald heard that the Rockland sale was again a possibility and in the end that sale went through also.

As of the time of writing the Rockland Futuro is already in Joshua Tree and Ronald expects it to be installed on site by mid January 2019. The Media Futuro will shortly be moved to CA and placed in storage prior to a restoration project which is expected to take somewhere between 6 and 12 months and possibly even longer.

Congratulations Ronald [a little "green" here]; looking forward to seeing how things move along with your new Futuros.


Latest Confirmed Date

Instagram Story from the owner 030519.

Sources & Reference
  • Ronald

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