CEE alumnus’ images of Monsanto’s House of the Future on display at MIT Museum
CEE alumnus Bob Whittier ’51 was project manager for construction of the Monsanto House of the Future, a futuristic house set in 1986, developed by MIT and Monsanto Co. in the 1950s and displayed at Disneyland from 1957 to 1967. The late CEE alumnus Frank Heger ’48, one of the founders of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, was the construction engineer, and the house was designed by MIT architecture faculty members Marvin Goody and Richard Hamilton. It was made of plastic and included microwave ovens, speaker phones and electric toothbrushes, among other now commonplace items. Whittier donated drawings and photographs of the Monsanto House to the MIT Museum, where they will be on display in association with a talk by the museum’s architecture curator, Gary Van Zante, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. “Back to the Future: A 1950s House of the Future” will be presented Thursday, April 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the museum.