General Electric's Living Environments Concept House in Pittsfield, which was all the rage in 1989 for showcasing the latest technologies, has been dismantled.
``The house no longer serves the purpose for which it was intended, and maintenance costs now add very little value to GE Advanced Materials,'' wrote GE spokesman Robert Hess in an April 12 e-mail.
``We have elected to remove the house and to redeploy the maintenance costs to new products and technologies in material science,'' he said.
GE dismantled the 2,900-square-foot home in late February through early March.
The home featured materials advancements in siding, windows and electrical systems, and it was the first to showcase injection molded roofing panels. GE had discontinued tours of the home in the late 1990s.
Hess said the materials that could not be reused were disposed of properly in accordance with local regulations. Furniture and decorations were used in a United Way auction in Pittsfield.
``We do not plan to replace the house,'' Hess said.