Iconic Frisco ‘Spaceship’ house burns

By on October 20, 2022

(Frisco Fire Department)

Frisco Fire Department

This brief account of the fire that ravaged the famous ‘Spaceship’ house in Frisco was posted by the Frisco Fire Department on their Facebook page on the morning of October 20.

Sad to report, Frisco lost a piece of history last night. The “Spaceship” is no more.

Thank you to all the Firefighters for a job well done!

Chief 42

See Daniel Pullen’s photos on his instagram page.


History of the house

Originally part of a story written by Neel Keller in 2017 for the Outer Banks Sentinel.

Often called the Frisco UFO House — but referred to by owner Leroy Reynolds as “the spaceship”— the structure is officially a Futuro House, one of nearly 100 built in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Constructed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, the 13-foot-tall by 26-foot-wide homes were designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen as structures that could be easily transported, assembled and used as vacation homes. It was once advertised in Playboy Magazine as a “portable playhouse.”

The UFO house was originally bought in 1972 by vacationers Lee and Mary Jane Russo, who used it as an oceanfront cottage in Hatteras Village until the 1980s. Bought by Scotch Bonnet Campground owner John O’Brien, the house was later moved to several different locations in Frisco, where it was used as a Boy Scout meeting place, a magazine office, the Scotch Bonnet office and finally as the Scotch Bonnet’s “Footlong Out Of This World Hot Dog Stand.”

Reynolds said he bought the house in 1994. Back in 2017, as the future and fate of the structure was being wrangled over, Reynolds spoke during public comment at a Dare County Commissioners meeting.  Introducing himself as “the alien at the Frisco UFO for many years,” he began by declaring simply: “I come in peace.”

 


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Comments

  • Greg

    The Space House ….It was oceanfront at The Ferry dock in Hatteras originally. That surf spot was named “Space House”

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 9:02 am
  • Lilly

    So sad to see the “spaceship” bruned up!! It truly is a quirky piece of Frisco history. Too bad it cannot be restored. Maybe it can???

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 10:59 am
  • Diane

    Oh no. Was my favorite artsy thing. So sorry.

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 1:46 pm
  • Travis

    Folks, this is why you don’t play games and jettison the warp core at the first sign of a breech.

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 2:51 pm
  • Phoebe

    It would have been nice if there was an actual story written on the origin and history of the “Spaceship of Frisco”. And not just a nice job well done! Sad to see this happen. It’ll be missed by many….

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 8:42 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Phoebe, we did add some historical info to the story.

    Thursday, Oct 20 @ 9:38 pm
  • Poochie

    And suddenly every property within eyesight had its value increase.

    Friday, Oct 21 @ 8:18 am
  • Stephen Miller

    Very sad. Been looking forward to driving past since the 80’s.

    Friday, Oct 21 @ 3:34 pm
  • Shevawn

    From Lone Cedar, Cotton Gin, countless homes in KDH, Duck, Southern Shores and most recently, a home in Martins Point….we rarely hear about the results of these fire investigations……

    Saturday, Oct 22 @ 7:52 am
  • Lemonshirt

    As my friend Mr. Spock often said: “Fascinating!”

    Monday, Oct 24 @ 7:45 pm
  • Raifish

    weird, one of these burned in California last week.

    Sunday, Oct 30 @ 1:16 pm