Mrs. M and I have radically different tastes in entertainment, but we can find a few patches of common ground. For example, the occasional show on HGTV makes for a decent compromise — but not any of the DIY-home-improvement shows, because they tend to give her ideas that will either make me nervous or further expose my awkwardness. But the shows that feature folks choosing from several houses, or detailing neat gadgets that people have incorporated into their homes will keep us tuned in much of the time.
It was in this spirit that I was tickled to discover an article from the June 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics that takes a look at a new home in Colorado Springs, CO, the 1150-sq.-ft. residence of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. They designed the home and lived there until they moved to Santa Cruz in the 1960s, and the magazine offers an account of the house’s many unusual features, including a touch I admire a great deal, as RAH describes:
All the convenience electrical outlets are at comfortable hip height. I’m through stooping over to the baseboard whenever I want to plug in an appliance.
Unfortunately, later owners have added another story to the house, but the “gee-whiz” attitude of the article seems perfect for 1952’s “House of the Future”, with inhabitants to match. Of course, the article says the house is only 1150 square feet, but I wonder how carefully they checked it…