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Oregon woman’s claim to fame: inventing the house that cleaned itself

In an undated handout photo, Frances Gabe in the kitchen of her “self-cleaning house” in Newberg, Ore., in 2002. Though it generated news stories around the world, Gabe’s patented concrete home, in which each room was essentially a giant dishwasher, remains one of a kind. Its quixotic, visionary inventor died on Dec. 26, 2016, at age 101. (Shane Young via The New York Times) — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED OBIT-GABE BY FOX FOR JULY 19, 2017. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. —

Frances Gabe, a once-celebrated inventor who died in obscurity late last year, was the creator, and longtime sole inhabitant, of the world’s only self-cleaning house.

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