Register | Login


The Volcano House is a flying-saucer-shaped house that sits atop a 150-foot tall cinder cone of an extinct volcano in the western Mojave Desert of Southern California, the United States, in a place called Newberry Springs. The house was originally commissioned in 1968 by aircraft-mechanics genius Vard Wallace as a retreat for himself and his wife, and designed by the prolific and versatile Southern California architect Harold Bissner, Jr.

Vard Wallace was an engineer who made a fortune selling drafting machines and airplane parts to the likes of Lockheed & Co. during World War II. He was also an inventor who patented the first “skateboard”. Wallace hired Harold Bissner Jr. to design a home resembling the dome-shaped information center built in 1965 at the construction site of the nuclear generating plant at San Onofre. Wallace reportedly picked the remote location as a tribute to his passions for trout fishing and astronomical pursuits.

volcano-house-newberry-springs-4

Huell Howser pointing to Volcano House. Photo credit

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2015.





Bolly Babes Smoothe as Silk

Parvathy Nair Latest Photo Shoot

milky way, seen from the top of mauna kea, hawaii

milky way over new zealand

The Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia

Floating Umbrellas Once Again Cover The Streets in Portugal

Akhila Spicy Photo Gallery

1000 ferrari cars at silverstone circuit race