Saturday, October 22, 2011


The 1962 World’s Fair put Seattle on the map, literally, with its pavilions full of unique exhibits, ground-breaking building design and the iconic Space Needle that would come to represent the city to the world. And one of those exhibits — according to area historians Alan J. Stein and Paula Becker — is sitting just off of SE 70th Place and East Mercer Way on Mercer Island.

An innovative, modular home created by the US Plywood Association, was billed at the fair as the “American Home of the Immediate Future,” and a “Living Research House” is one of many pieces of living history in the area — but one of the few being used for it's orignial purpose.

I'm struck by the similarities to Michelle Kaufmann's (the self-proclaimed inventor of modular housing) Glide House.  Does this mean that MKD, her design studio, is really just rehashing the looks of 50 year old houses that were featured at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle?  Here are some decide.

The floor plan for "America's Home of the Immediate Future" 

Today's view of 7000 East Mercer Way.

Michelle Kaufmann's Glidehouse


Fred Lash said...

Coach. I've been a reader of your blog for years. great read.
What I don't understand is how you think Michelle Kaufmann invented modular housing. Did I miss something?

William said...

Fred, the statement was "Michelle Kaufmann's (the self-proclaimed inventor of modular housing."
As you know from your quote, "I've been a reader of your blog for years" that Coach IS NOT A FAN of Michelle Kaufmann's. I do not want to put words in Coach's mouth but "fan" certainly is not one I think he would use. But having to be diplomatic on his blog I am sure he will let your statement pass, but I had to defend him.

Coach said...

Thanks William. I missed that when I read Fred's comment. I must be getting soft in my old age. The only thing she invented was a lot of hype for herself and her closed factory.

Anonymous said...

This house looks very much like the ihouse from Clayton. Back to the future Clayton. It's still an ugly house.