Monsanto House of Tomorrow: better living through plastics

Here's a 15-minute industrial film promoting the Monsanto House of Tomorrow, an all-plastic house shaped like a wheel of gouda, which guarded Disneyland's Tomorrowland for many years, starting in 1957. As John Frost notes on The Disney Blog:

There was a time when Disneyland’s Tomorrowland positively reeked of futurism. Mass transportation, space exploration, and the benefits of scientific research were all put on a pedestal for the American public. One of the most famous examples of this was a partnership with Monsanto, MIT, and Imagineering to build a home made of plastics.

The home sat at the entrance to Tomorrowland, where the Pixie Hollow meet & greet is now, from 1957 to 1967. Touring inside the “House of the Future”, you would find a variety of innovations each with the promise of making living easier and more comfortable. From plastic furnishings to a microwave oven or electric dishwasher guests were wowed with what the future would bring. At least for a few years before these things actually did start to make it into the common household.

House of the Future Video


  1. Yeah, yeah. People used to think plastic was cool. Ha! Ha! Now, instead, we are into new stuff like 3D printers — which churn out plastic widgets…

  2. Vinyl flooring, plastic dishes, plexiglas windows, plywood…”Even the fabrics on furniture are of man-made fibers.” 

    Jeez imagine the outgassing.

    And after a few years, everything all scratched and brittle and yellowing.

    The past is a foreign country …

    1.  Did early adopters in the past think that plastics of the future would magically become more comfortable in the near future, or were they just too entranced by the novelty of it all that they failed to notice how sweaty their asses were getting from sitting on vinyl upholstery while wearing polyester trousers?

  3. “…At least for a few years before these things actually did start to make it into the common household.”

    Some years ago, while heavily involved in streaming media development, and visiting Epcot (innoventions, spaceship earth, etc.) and realizing that all of the big breakthrough technologies for the “future” involved video streaming (or robotics or hydroponic gardening).

    I assume they’ve redesigned innoventions since then.

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