Frances Gabe and the Self-Cleaning House
January 24, 2010 8:42 PM Subscribe
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Everyone has fantasized about it, usually while scrubbing a floor or cleaning a toilet. Well, Frances Gabe
did something about it: she invented the self-cleaning house, the one the future has been promising us for years.
(This 2007 Weird America Interview/Tour
mocks her, but it's the only video of the house I could find.) Just imagine: You put your dirty dishes back in the cabinets which double as dishwashers; the closets are laundry machines. Every room has wash, rinse, and dry buttons.
Sadly, sometime between this People Magazine interview
(1982) and this
New York Times interview
(2002; missing the picture of the house in action), an earthquake damaged many of the 68 mechanisms in the house designed to clean it. Still, as of 2004
, you can call her up at her home in Newberg, OR, and schedule an appointment for a private tour.