Hunt County landmark finds new home in RockwallPublished: April 01, 2013
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Visitors and employees arriving at the Rockwall County Courthouse may be surprised this morning to discover a new addition to the property. Situated on the grassy area next to the parking lot is what appears to be, well, the picture says it all.
On late Saturday afternoon, county crews traveled across the Rockwall-Hunt County line and retrieved the "Futuro House" (known to many as "The Spaceship") on Highway 276, and moved it to the Courthouse grounds. Final plans for the structure have not been released to the public, but speculation has already begun. One scenario calls for it to be refurbished and used as a tourist information center to attract more visitors to the Courthouse.
"We felt it was under-utilized at its former location, and we approached the owner with an offer to clear it from his property free of charge," a highly placed source in the county offices stated. "It had deteriorated to the point where it was a liability."
Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen initially as a ski cabin it ended up being a prefabricated and easy to transport home which could be mass produced and transported anywhere. A Futuro home could be assembled / disassembled on site in a couple of days or, for the more adventurous, it could be airlifted in one piece. Produced during the late 1960's and early 1970's the Futuro then fell victim of the mid 1970's oil crisis. Being made of primarily of plastic the threefold increase in oil prices effectively destroyed the homes financial viability and production ceased.
Some doubts remain as to the legality of Rockwall's acquisition of the "UFO House." Hunt County officials declined to comment, but one source who preferred to remain anonymous said, "We are launching a full investigation. Rockwall County can expect a strong response, and all options are on the table."
Submitted by Bob Lewis
April 1st - Rockwall, TX