|This house on Sutherland Drive was featured at the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. Image from Google StreetView.|
This home on Sutherland Drive in North Four Corners seems like any other house in the Four Corners area. It is a 1 and 1/2 story cape cod style house on a standard sized lot. It appears to be well kept up, with some nice Hydrangea bushes under the front windows. It just seems like an ordinary house. I wouldn't have thought anything different, had it not been for a placemarker on Google Maps in the general vicinity of the home that said "1939 Worlds Fair House". When I saw this, I was confused. I have lived in Four Corners for my whole life, and I had never heard anything of a World's Fair house being in the area. I assumed any house from the World's Fair would be an architecturally unique looking one, like those that make up the Polychrome Historic District. I thought the marker had been misplaced, since this house is on the same street as the Polychrome houses, albeit in a different neighborhood. Turns out it wasn't misplaced at all.
|"The Town of Tomorrow" exhibit #15 at the 1939 World's Fair. This is the exact same home that is now on Sutherland Drive. Click image for bigger version.|
It was called the "Triple Insulated Home" when it was on display at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York for the 1939 World's Fair. The Triple Insulated name was not referring to the physical insulation of the home, but rather, "Protection against fire, weather, and wear". It was on display at the fairgrounds in flushing for the better part of a year, in an exhibit know as "The Town of Tomorrow". It was on display along side 14 other homes from varying architectural styles. The home was designed by the architectural firm Goodwin, Thompson, and Paterson and furnished by Gertz, Jaimaca, L.I. (whoever they are). The Fair brochure described the home in the following way:
|Drawing of The Town of Tomorrow at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The house that is now on Sutherland Drive is top, second from the left.|
|Fair visitors checking out the house.|
UPDATE: Turns out this house is an exact duplicate of the World's Fair Home, but not the same one that was on display. This blog post suggests it is the only such duplicate, however, so I guess it's still historic.