This house, which stands on the grounds of today's Discovery Garden, was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Made of Portland cement, it is the only one of four such houses constructed at that time that is still standing in what was then termed the "Model Homes Area."
The Official Texas Centennial Exposition Guidebook described this "Model Homes Area" as follows:
Why this particular house was left standing while the other three were demolished is a mystery. Perhaps it was deemed to difficult to destroy, being made of cement. Nevertheless, over the years it was neglected and by the late 1980s was in a terrible condition. It has since been restored to some semblence of its original condition. Although it is not open to the public, its windows are without curtains or blinds, allowing curious visitors to take a look inside what people of 1936 must have regarded as a "home of the future."
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