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by tallrick
Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 713

I am no expert in this field, but when I think of Wright I think of natural surfaces. Wood looks like wood, concrete looks like concrete, etc. What people call Googie reminds me of the tropical modern architecture we had in Florida. It was all about grabbing your attention, blue bricks, stainless st...
by tallrick
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: mid-mod driveway gate - seeking photos for inspiration
Replies: 18
Views: 947

I was thinking of the same thing when I was going to build a home in rural Florida. The gate I wanted to build was a one-piece rolling gate with concrete piers and flagcrete plaster to imitate what I was going to put on the house. To get a true 50's feel I was going to make a frame from 3 inch steel...
by tallrick
Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Walgreens to destroy 1955 Chinese joint in D.C.
Replies: 14
Views: 735

One place I grew up bowling at. Hialeah Lanes was demolished to be replaced by....you guessed it....a Walgreens. Walgreens also popped up where a cool 50's style medical building was, a two-story modern dream replaced by a one story clone. Recently Don Carter's Kendall lanes was demolished for a sho...
by tallrick
Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Interior Trimout
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

I think it's nice to see modern somewhere other than California!
by tallrick
Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Show us your mod home office
Replies: 24
Views: 3115

My home office is a mess since I started this book scanning project, but here is my temporary desk. A section of bowling alley approach filler makes the desk, and the 1A2 telephone and Electro-voice mike are actually used. The GE wall fan and Cincinatti clock work and give the "real office"...
by tallrick
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Small, square, glazed tile
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Vippie wrote:There are some cool choices at

http://www.modwalls.com/


WHOA! Whoever priced this must be smoking some good stuff! .LOL!
by tallrick
Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Small, square, glazed tile
Replies: 13
Views: 964

I was looking for unglazed floor mosaics and sad to say, none are made in the US anymore. However, I was able to find a tile outlet with authentic 1 inch unglazed tiles with square-cut edges! You have to get them from China. What I have not been able to find is the 1", 1" x 2" and 2&q...
by tallrick
Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Why did modern fall out of favor?
Replies: 18
Views: 863

Why did modern fall out of favor?

This may seem like the obvious question but why did people stop building the mid-century modern style and go to much uglier styles? I enjoy looking at old books or architectural magazines of both commercial and residential properties to see what good taste really is. Everything from the 70's on seem...
by tallrick
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cool montage of 50s & 60s lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Very odd the user removed it.
by tallrick
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: light bulb question
Replies: 9
Views: 626

I just remembered one oddball bulb for those fixtures, the Tovibulb. It was a bulb in a chrome housing that was often used with fixtures like that. I had one around here....somewhere...
by tallrick
Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: When bad things happen to good mods ~ Remuddle of the month!
Replies: 30
Views: 2206

If homes were affordable like they were 40 years ago I would have bought one of those "remuddles" and reversed it back to original, just to show off good taste. I just can't see how anybody considers this ugliness to be beautiful.
by tallrick
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ridge beams, maximum span
Replies: 14
Views: 474

Rilco used to make glue-laminated beams of that length. I have seen an old Ranch House restaurant with a 25 foot span like that with two beams carriage bolted together. A laminated beam could be used in a building like that. It may also be steel but I doubt it. Also that bolted connection in the cen...
by tallrick
Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To build or buy, a difficult question
Replies: 13
Views: 851

You would be amazed, but I built my current home in 1990 for 25K. It's all concrete, roof and all. I did it by not buying anything except rebar, blocks, concrete pipe and wire. My dad and I did most of it, only hiring labor to help place concrete. Everything else was salvaged or built by me. I would...
by tallrick
Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Source for Modern pottery for plants in L.A. area?
Replies: 7
Views: 520

I was thinking of making my own saucer-shaped planters, like Morris Lapidus used to use in his designs.
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It's just concrete and 1/4" wire fabric. Perhaps someday when I figure out where I will be living for sure.
by tallrick
Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Fort Worth MCM We Just Bought
Replies: 30
Views: 2064

It's a good thing it's not in California, I get tired of seeing all those California homes that few can afford. It's just wacky to pay 1-2 million for a 2000 square foot tract home. There is a home that was remodeled in the 60's and has a modern look to it, but is also Japanese style with bamboo and...
by tallrick
Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Original Sesame Street no longer suitable for children?
Replies: 4
Views: 328

This is a joke, right? I grew up watching this stuff and learned a lot. That and Mr Rogers neighborhood. No wonder I put a traffic light in my living room! Still hav my "big birds" and sesame street walking letters.
by tallrick
Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: When bad things happen to good mods ~ Remuddle of the month!
Replies: 30
Views: 2206

One of the worst places for stuff like this is Miami. The Cuban/Latin American influence of most residents brings out the tacky and tasteless styles of fake arches, fake columns and beige/brown ceramic tiles. In Coral Gables the city discourages modern styles and mandates "metiterranean" a...
by tallrick
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The ultimate modern kitchen
Replies: 6
Views: 841

The ultimate modern kitchen

http://youtube.com/watch?v=I7XYXRKIqeY&feature=related

Not even a Mc Mansion with all the gadgets has a setup like that!
by tallrick
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landmark Cohen "carousel" house slated for demolit
Replies: 30
Views: 1364

I know that from experience in Florida the homes in the most expensive areas were the first to get demolished, while poor areas still have most of the old structures. Those get torn down after being neglected or burning down. Looks like the one in these pics was mostly wood and was easily demolished...
by tallrick
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: arts & architecture casehouses
Replies: 8
Views: 313

I have never seen that magazine! This is what I wanted to do with my Architectural Record magazines, scan and post the ones out of copyright. Just have to find the missing ones from 1950-1960.
by tallrick
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landmark Cohen "carousel" house slated for demolit
Replies: 30
Views: 1364

What is that roof made out of, wood concrete or? In Texas it would be scary to pay 1/2 mil for a house with their outrageous property taxes. I have yet to see a modern home of any significance for a middle-class price of 150K or less. As long as they are expensive they will continue to be replaced w...
by tallrick
Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landmark Cohen "carousel" house slated for demolit
Replies: 30
Views: 1364

If only some of these houses were affordable, some would be saved.
by tallrick
Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To build or buy, a difficult question
Replies: 13
Views: 851

I want to keep the house small, but multiple buildings is how I want to go. 1500 sq foot house, maybe 1000 sq foot garage, 1200 sq foot rec room w/the bowling lanes. Don't want or need the government services. Prefer on-site well water, septic tank, and some kind of site-generated power source. I wa...
by tallrick
Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Rock Lath sources
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Rock Lath sources

I have run into a snag, none of the local suppliers sell rock lath anymore. I need to make a repair to my parent's home and will need about two bundles of the stuff. Does anybody else use it, or do you just settle for drywall? I can use expanded metal lath but always prefer to repair like with like.
by tallrick
Sat Nov 03, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern McMansion?
Replies: 24
Views: 1341

There was a home like that near me. Up on stilts, all wood with wierd angles and black windows. An 80's nightmare. It is gone now, thanks to a cigarette dropped on a sofa. I watched the thing burn, and it was all over before the fire department got set up. I had pics of it before it happened, but it...
by tallrick
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sliding Glass Door Repairs
Replies: 16
Views: 1150

My parent's home has a 1959 sliding door, and the plastic rollers finally gave way. I made new rollers out of nylon with sealed ball bearings this time. The track had become wavy from the stuck rollers mixed with grit and sand. You will have a hard time finding a replacement track. So when their doo...
by tallrick
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern McMansion?
Replies: 24
Views: 1341

Modern McMansion?

Although they had better taste 50 years ago than today, has anyone seen a Mc Mansion in the modern style? Part of mid-century modern is the long, low streamlined look but could a boxy, oversized Mc Mansion be called "modern"?
by tallrick
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New book about Miami Modernism
Replies: 5
Views: 148

I am amazed that anything from 50 years ago still exists in archtect offices in Miami! The older architects i knew were "neat freaks" and threw everything out. Perhaps if I can find a "pack rat" type architect that may be a good source of material for my mid-century library!
by tallrick
Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rockwood Lanes Portland Oregon Bowling Alley to be razed
Replies: 3
Views: 256

No wonder I am going to install bowling lanes at home. It's depressing to see all the bowling centers get demolished! In Miami we went from 22 to three, and only ONE left out of the original 22. Even the centers still open "remodeled" inside, YUCK! My two lanes will be true 50's style. Nob...
by tallrick
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: School pendant lamp?
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Are you looking for a concentric-ring fixture with silvered-bowl lamp? I remember those in some schools as well as the Holophane Paradomes which were still being produced up till a couple of years ago. I had 6 of the old concentric ring fixtures here with the 300 Watt silvered bulbs, and would proba...

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