Unlike some Disneyland features, I never seem to tire of looking at the Monsanto House of the Future. It still looks futuristic more than 50 years after its construction; somehow it almost glows with optimism. It's fun to imagine what the Hollywood Hills (for instance) would look like if this kind of home had caught on.
Here's a great photo from 1958 (still pre-Matterhorn), with the House gleaming in the sunlight as it "floats" above the water and the (Japanese influenced?) gardens. Real humans (not plastic!) can be seen through the windows, exploring the wonders of sonic dishwashers, microwave ovens, and Acrilan carpets.
Some of you may recall that I posted some photos taken by a LIFE magazine photographer a while back. Well, a few weeks ago I was in a Burbank bookstore, digging through old magazines, and bought a few to take home (long story). The November 11, 1957 issue's cover story was "Tomorrow's Life Today". Sounds like a fun subject, doesn't it? Take a look at page 135:
Looks familiar, doesn't it? I did not link to this exact photo in my blog post, but you can see it here. I think it's interesting that there's no mention of Disneyland; perhaps the editors thought that the Monsanto house would be taken more seriously if the Disney connection was avoided. Who knows. Anyway, you can read the entire article (or every issue of LIFE magazine!) on Google Books. See the November 11, 1957 issue HERE.