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by googieagog
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Daylighting
Replies: 17
Views: 3724

We installed a solar tube in 2007. It's in a tight foyer where we would have preferred to continue the clearstory windows in nearby rooms, but couldn't without moving plumbing. The tube crosses about 16'' of dead space (I wouldn't call it an attic) between the roof and ceiling. We also have a skylig...
by googieagog
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Lloyd Wright's Moore House (1959) threatened with demolition
Replies: 12
Views: 5168

This is one of the more obnoxious preservation "news" stories I've seen in a while. The writer and/or editor clearly have a property-rights agenda, or perhaps are just golf buddies with the owner. Note the house is identified as the "so-called Moore House," most most pro-preserva...
by googieagog
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Base Molding: A naive Q
Replies: 16
Views: 3648

Nearly all architect-designed MCM houses I've seen use the square base. It looks very tailored but catches more dust & dings. For our place, on the early side (1950), not architect designed and a touch rustic, we went with rounded edge window stop. It was flexible enough that I could snug it to ...
by googieagog
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Base Molding: A naive Q
Replies: 16
Views: 3648

Nearly all architect-designed MCM houses I've seen use the square base. It looks very tailored but catches more dust & dings. For our place, on the early side (1950), not architect designed and a touch rustic, we went with rounded edge window stop. It was flexible enough that I could snug it to ...
by googieagog
Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:18 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Julius Shulman: Chicago Mid-Century Modernism
Replies: 3
Views: 1833

Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond hosted a book release party May 23 at Deever Rockwell's House On A Bluff, one of the houses in the book. It's stunning, a sort of Farnsworth House with the bugs ironed out, and spectacularly sited. Rockwell himself attended the party and talked about the house. A book-si...
by googieagog
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:48 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Pittsburgh???
Replies: 9
Views: 5764

Check out the Tin Angel restaurant, a Miesian box cantilevered on the edge of Mt. Washington, if not for a meal than at least a drink. Good architecture and a great view. Ride up there on the Incline, really cool in an HG Wells steampunk sort of way. There's also a good and interesting restaurant in...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mod home library must-have title list. Collaborative.
Replies: 27
Views: 7440

1. Atomic Ranch - book 2. Collection of Atomic Ranch magazine 3. Eichler - Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream 4. Julius Shulman - Modernism Rediscovered 5. How to Build Modern Furniture - Mario Dal Fabbro (DIY) 6. How to Make Built-in Furniture - Mario Dal Fabbro (DIY) 7. Mid Century Modern - Fur...
by googieagog
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Chicago architect Bruce Graham dies
Replies: 1
Views: 1523

Thanks for posting this. Graham was the Big Architecture guy at the firm that invented Big Architecture. His complete obit appears here: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2010/03/bruce-graham-architect-of-willis-tower-and-john-hancock-center-dies-.html To me his most beautiful build...
by googieagog
Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Wayne IL 1965 Schweikher inspired on acreage
Replies: 0
Views: 782

Wayne IL 1965 Schweikher inspired on acreage

This house was designed by modernist landscape architect Helen Frazel in 1965 as her own home. Its design was inspired by the family's previous 1954 home nearby, by Paul Schweikher. They moved to get a bigger and better yard -- nearly 5 acres with a beautiful stream running through it. Priced at $73...
by googieagog
Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: 1929 Kiddieland in Chicago
Replies: 1
Views: 1384

The very best rides were the old trains -- a steam-powered streamliner and a straight-eight powered faux electric diesel; the flash-gordon spaceships; and the metallic flake gelcoated '60s flying saucers. There's talk a water park owner in Utica IL near Starved Rock State Park might buy everything, ...
by googieagog
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New Guy Intro, and my WILD 60's modern home...
Replies: 27
Views: 5004

Stunning house, just spectacular. Great site, too. Moderns-r-us nails it in asking about Goff. Ajango graduated in 1959 from University of Illinois, which had a Wright-influenced architecture school. Champaign is also home to three or so Goff houses, originally built for U of I profs during Bruce's ...
by googieagog
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Wright McDonald Williamson tour
Replies: 0
Views: 415

Wright McDonald Williamson tour

Finally got around to uploading some photos from the Wright & Like 2008 tour in Wisconsin this past June, which focused on '50s designs. We did not have time to shoot a lot -- we really had to rush from one site to another, in order to see them all. The Gobbler restaurant also was on this tour, ...
by googieagog
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Robie House Rip-Off
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

There's a more accurate Robie copy that went up two years ago on a double lot in Villa Park IL. It has a much longer porch cantilever than what's shown at PrairieMod. PraireMod's outrage is noted, but given that most new McMansions are faux English, French or Italian, I'd rather see neighborhoods of...
by googieagog
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pittsburgh PA MCMs
Replies: 4
Views: 926

One of my favorite MCM spots in Pittsburgh is the Tin Angel restaurant, a Miesian box cantilevered off the side of Mt. Washington. It was built in '57, if memory serves, and the steel & glass exterior looked pretty much original the last time I was there about a dozen years back. It's seems it w...
by googieagog
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Ralph Rapson: Designer of Case Study House #4, 1914-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Rapson headed the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) in Chicago for a time before heading to Minnesota, during which he designed the Gidwitz House, located down the street from Wright's Robie House and the Keck bros. own apartment building. The Gidwitz House (1943) technically was a remodel of an exi...
by googieagog
Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Early 50s Kodak slides of a modernist home under constructio
Replies: 13
Views: 1773

Great photos, thanks so much for posting this. Note the wood walls are stud construction, not the sandwich walls used by Wright. Good move, they're much easier to wire/plumb and are much more stable over time. Look at the heft of those 2x4's, back when they really were 2x4. Also note the cross braci...
by googieagog
Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: atomic ranch doors
Replies: 12
Views: 2346

Sweet house, nice roofline & masonry. Although the door faces the street, it's tucked into a niche and isn't really supposed to stand out -- a Wrightian trick employed in many an MCM house. With your nice clean lines, how about a simple solid-core flush door? They're about the most affordable ki...
by googieagog
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: Midcentury pottery Stanford, Shawnee, Holt Howard
Replies: 0
Views: 991

FS: Midcentury pottery Stanford, Shawnee, Holt Howard

Stanford Sebring large freeform bowl/planter: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150221906053&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=005 Shawnee freeform bowl/ planter: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150221906659&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&a...
by googieagog
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LAX Theme Building URGENT ACTION
Replies: 40
Views: 7159

Thanks for posting -- that is one cool chair. Can you tell us anything more about them? Who designed it; are they comfortable or tippy; why these are no longer in the restaurant (replaced with reproductions or another design)? I've never made it to Encounter, though it's on my lifetime checkoff list...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Milwaukee WI two great art shows + architecture
Replies: 1
Views: 756

Milwaukee WI two great art shows + architecture

We visited the Milwaukee Art Museum yesterday for a couple of exhibitions covering a huge swath of 20th Century modernism (and as always, to enjoy the wonderful Saarinen and Calatrava buildings). Foto: Modernity in Central Europe 1918-1945 is loaded with great photos, collages & graphic design f...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:44 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!
Replies: 8
Views: 2465

I've got two of these, one with a wood stock and the other plastic, both handed down by older brothers. The wood stock I think is early '50s and the plastic one late '50s. I recall some neighborhood kids would scuff their feet on doormats to tear up the little rubber nubbs, then load those into BB g...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Seattle Denny's landmarked !
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Cool. This wasn't originally a Denny's, but some of their 50s-70s buildings deserve protection (and restoration/de-"updating") as well. You've gotta love the term "Scandigooginesian." As for the guy who said "the building is in such bad shape, it has no use," I get so t...
by googieagog
Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Suzanne Pleshette 1937-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 838

It never made sense to me that Rod Taylor had dumped her and pursued Tippi Hendron in "The Birds." You'd think his eyes had been plucked out before the film started. Of course Hitch was obsessed with icy blondes, but everyone else could see Suzanne was 20 times hotter.
by googieagog
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: Space-age desk set
Replies: 0
Views: 928

FS: Space-age desk set

This set would look right at home on a high-end MCM desk, perhaps in the executive offices of Spacely Sprockets or Sterling Cooper.

by googieagog
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Bertoia or not-Bertoia...
Replies: 7
Views: 2073

by googieagog
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Problems going from floor to wall toilet
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

What is missing in this case is the flange and mounting that went into the wall in 1959. I would imagine that indeed those parts are no longer available. The missing parts probably got trashed with the whole house ... Egads points out a key issue when salvaging fixtures. The lines should be removed...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Problems going from floor to wall toilet
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Recoloring of fixtures typically is done with an electrostatic sprayed enamel, rather than powder coat. Resprayed fixtures don't hold up well. They often stain and chip within a few years, leaving you with an unsightly and irrepairable mess. You are better off searching the Web & local salvage y...

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