I think Highway 276 is a path of hidden gems. If you’ve only made the drive once or twice, you may have missed them. For those who love to dance, or a buy one get one steak deal, Southern Junction is a popular destination. For the roadside food connoisseur, there are roadside BBQ and tamale stands in between the long stretches of road. For those who prefer a casual sit down spot, you have mouth watering brisket quesadillas at Richards BBQ or home style burgers at Burgers & Fries. Or, if you’ve ever been to visit a friend in the area, they’ve probably told you to turn at the spaceship.
Recently, D Magazine wrote a blurb on our local spaceship, and unbeknownst to me, this strange structure in the middle of nowhere has a short, strange story. It’s better known as a Futuro House. The house was designed by Finnish Architect Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a ski cabin. It’s design was to allow it to be used mountainside, as it was easily transportable, had low maintenance, and shed snow easily. The Futuro House measured 26 feet in diameter and came furnished with custom furniture that fit its shape. The Futuro House was met with public hostility and in many cases, didn’t meet metropolitan area zoning requirement, not to mention, banks were scared to finance the structure. It isnt clear of the origins of the Royse City Futuro House. There have been stories written it was used in Garland as a retail shop, or in Houston as a small restaurant. It is, though, a rare item to be seen.
In all, there seemed to be approximately 100 of these homes made and somewhere around 50 still standing. If you want a glimpse of what one of these homes look furnished and inhabited, there is one still occupied in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. The Futuro House is also located in Australia (5), Denmark, Estonia, Finland (6), France, Germany (5), Greece, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand (10), Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA (12)…..which includes are very own in Royse City.
Just something to think about next time you take a right at the spaceship.
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