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Covington – 224 Wright St.

Posted: October 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Covington, Residential | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
Futuro House 224 Wright St - Covington

Photo: kymodern staff

Covington can boast of having one of the rarest prefab houses of all time: the Futuro! Less than 100 of these flying saucer inspired plastic and fiberglass homes were built. Designed in Finland in 1968 by Matti Suurone, the Futuro was originally purposed as a vacation home. Rising oil prices led to skyrocketing plastic costs and was one factor that doomed the Futuro. It is believed that there are less than 60 still standing today.Nestled on a Covington hillside, the Futuro is visible from the KY-Ohio Brent Spence Bridge, especially in the fall. It is still in use as a private residence.

Property Type: Residential
Year Built: circa 1970
Sq. Footage: approx. 525 (per Futuro blueprint)


Lexington – 430 Mt Tabor Road

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UFO House at 430 Mt Tabor Road, Lexington KYThe two-story house on the corner of Mt. Tabor Road and Kasey Court remains one of the most controversial structures in Lexington. Dubbed the “UFO House” by many Lexingtonians, it was in jeopardy of being razed on several occasions.

It was the brainchild of developer P.M. Combs but was lost in bankruptcy while still unfinished. The property was purchased by a real estate agent who intended to finish the project started by Combs. Shortly after purchase, the home was vandalized and set on fire. It was then sold to the current owner in 1989 for $25,000. By 1991, the vacant property remained unfinished and in disrepair with gaping holes and broken windows. Neighbors and a local councilman attempted to have the property condemned claiming it was an eyesore and violated building codes, but this proved unsuccessful. It is unknown if the house has ever been occupied. From the outside it does appear relatively finished.

Property Type: Residential
Year Built: 1986
Sq. Footage: 1578 (per PVA)