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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 061117 | ADDED 090811 | MILTON, DELAWARE, USA | HOME | LOCATIONS - LIST - PREVIOUS - NEXT
Eagle Crest-Hudson Airport, Milton, DE 19968, USA | 38°46'24.31"N 75°13'43.56"W
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Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - kaszeta  
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Update 102916

This Futuro recently made an appearance in the local press. An article by James Fisher and Jason Minto appeared several times in local publications as well as online around the end of August 2016. The article was a rather general story about the Futuro and it's resident, Richard Garrett, and it really did not tell us anything new. The various iterations of the article were accompanied by a nice set of photos, both exterior and interior.

The photos below show the article as it appeared in The Daily Times [082716], The Sunday News Journal [082816], The Daily Times [083016] and The Daily Times [090216]. These publications appear to be a part of the same group [and also part of the USA Today network]. The Daily Times is online at delmarvanow.com [though I cannot seem to find this article on the site] and the News Journal is online at delawareonline.com; the Futuro article can be found here.

Interesting to note that the article appeared in print under three different headlines; "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish and sci-fi flavor" [082716], "'Mad Men'-era home in Milton" [082816] and "Life in a UFO bubble in Milton" [083016 & 090216]. Online the headline was "A 'Mad Men'-era home with Finnish, sci-fi flavor", ever so slightly different again. My thanks to Gary Knox who first alerted me to the article online.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - The Daily Times 082716  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - The News Journal 082816  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - The Daily Times 083016

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - The Daily Times 090216 - Page 37  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - The Daily Times 090216 - Page 39

The various versions of the article were accompanied by some or all of the photos below. The originals of these photos, copyright James Fisher and Jason Minto, can be found online here.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 1

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 2  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 3

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 4

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 5  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 6

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 7

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 8  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 9

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 10

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 11  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - DW Online & various Print Publications - 12



Update 071115

Gary A. Knox captured this great set of photos 070815. They are displayed here with Gary's permission - thanks Gary. I particularly like the black and white and partially black and white shots. The "filtered" shots are interesting and before you scroll to the last one grab your shades!

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 1

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 2  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 3

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 4

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 5  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 6

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Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 8  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 9

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Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 12  Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 13

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Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Gary A. Knox - 070815 - 15



Update 081014

John Gardoski sent me an email a week or two ago with some historical information about this Futuro. John also sent the photo below; there are many photos of this Futuro and this one is not unusual as far as the Futuro itself is concerned. That said I particularly like John's photo because the Futuro is "posed" with John's very cool Lincoln.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - John Gardoski



Update 080913

The photo below was shot by Nan Palmero on 072813. The photo, shown below under CC 2.0 license clearly shows signs of degradation in the body of this Futuro. This not new and can be seen in many earlier photos but Nan's photo shows the degradation very clearly.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Nan Palmero



Original Images 090811

In addition to taking the shot of the Milton Futuro featured above kaszeta also took a couple of shots of a Futuro brochure that was displayed in the Blue Plate Diner in Lewes, DE just a short distance from the Futuro. These shots are diaplayed here courtesy of kaszeta.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Blue Plate Diner Ad 1

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Blue Plate Diner Ad 2

The most recent photos I have seen of the Milton Futuro set the confirmed date to 092412 and were taken by vmanpics. They are reproduced here with permission.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - vmanpics1

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - vmanpics2

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - vmanpics3

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - vmanpics4

I have always tended to use Google Maps/Street View and/or Google Earth for my research with Bing Maps only being a fall back on a few occaisions. However in the case of the Milton Futuro Google Street View only provides a very distant, unclear and grainy view of the Futuro whereas Bing Maps and its "Bird's Eye View" perspective provides a rather cool view of the Futuro as seen below.

Futuro, Milton, DE, USA - Bing Maps
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There is no shortage of photos of this Futuro. Check a few of them out using these links:
 
Update 071115

An article by Ron MacArthur titled "2015: It's Still A Space Oddity" was published 062315 on CapeGazette.com. In this well researched article MacArthur provides some interesting information and history relating to the Milton and Houston Futuros as well as some historical information on New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. a Futuro distributor "back in the day" owned and operated by Joe Hudson [who is also the owner of the Milton Futuro].

Information about New Dimensions Of Delaware Inc. can be found here and of course the Houston Futuro has its own page on this site.

As far as this particular Futuro is concerned the article informs us that the unit was originally one of New Dimensions' model homes and was displayed in Cave Colony, Delaware along Cave Neck Road, one of the distributor's earliest developments.

The Futuro has served in various roles over its years at the airfield. Those roles include spending time as a family guest house and serving as an office for Pilot Air which provided aerial transportation for Delaware River and Bay Pilots. The unit also sat vacant for several years before being restored by Joe Hudson during the 90's and now serves as a rental property.

Currently Richard Garrett who lives in Chicago but works at times in the Milton area rents the Futuro. Richard describes the rental as:

"... a great find for me and the price is right."

and goes on to liken living in a Futuro to living in an RV on vacation. Garrett adds that:

"Being plastic construction, rain sounds like Tupperware in a dishwasher."

Commenting on the construction of the Futuro Garrett points out that the sections of the unit are not heavy and are structurally weak but that the elliptical cross-section creates an overall structure that is strong and he observes that the "space ship" tolerates winds well.



Update 081014

I received an email from John Gardoski a week or two ago in which John recounted some of his personal recollections of the history of this Futuro. John grew up just a short distance from the Futuro and still lives only about a half mile away. John tells me that:

"... this particular [Futuro] was used as the office for the airplane hangar it's next too, through the 1970's it was the office for Allen Chorman's aerial spray business ..."

John recalls how in the 1970's he and his friends would ride dirt bikes around the Futuro and the hanger area; the Futuro had colorful bi-plane curtains in those days. John continues:

"They stopped using it as an office around the mid 80's it sat empty for a long time, close to 20 years, then I noticed some guys working on and around it a few years ago and it appears to be fixed up and is rented out."

Apparently Joe Hudson, the owner, has never inhabited the Futuro and it has spent it's entire "life" as a rental.

John - thanks so much for the info and the photo [see left].



Update 031813

I received an email from Barney Vincelette, owner of the Houston Futuro this morning; Barney tells me that the Milton Futuro was located in Broadkill Beach until the late 1970's before being moved to its current location. A second Futuro in Broadkill Beach was demolished.



Update 012613

In a post in the Yahoo Group futurohouse dated 010513 Barney Vincelette, owner of the Houston Futuro dropped a little nugget of information relating to this Futuro. In the comment Vincelette tells us that this Futuro is owned by Joe Hudson:

"who was selling them until about 1977 when he sold me (Vincelette) my Futuro House in Houston, DE"

To me it is cool to learn that at least one of this individuals who was involved in the "business" of Futuro's retains ownership of one to this day.



Original Information 090811

For a Futuro that has been photographed as much as this one there is, surprisingly, almost no information on its history on the web; at least not that I have been able to find.

Google Earth has satellite imagery dated 032392 which clearly shows the Futuro on site so it has been at its present location for at least twenty years but other than that there is really no information out there other than a few blog posts and articles which have photos but no information:


It seems likely that the Futuro is inhabited at least part of the time. Various photographs show blinds in different positions and regular day to day articles visible in the windows. A couple of photos show washing hanging out to dry beside the Futuro. The fourth picture from vmanpics in the left column shows clearly that there is a well maintained and secure looking "inner door". In addition to the photographic evidence there is one comment in a forum post in Yahoo Groups which suggests that the owner uses the Futuro in the summer.

Other than that this unit is a mystery. If you have any information that could shed some light on the history of this Futuro please let me know; thanks.

Latest Confirmed Date

Milton - Latest Confirmation - 060217 - timed85This photo by timed85 taken 060217.

timed85's original photo can be seen on Instagram here.


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As far as images go I am particularly interested in those that are either significantly better than the ones already on this page or show a different aspect or detail. If you own an image meeting one or both of those criteria I would love to be able to use it on this page but I will simply provide a link if that is your preference. Where permission is granted to use an image on the page appropriate attribution will be provided by means of a link to the original image, a link to a website of your choosing or both.
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