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by babyblue65bird
Wed May 25, 2005 9:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Grand Avenue plan approved
Replies: 20
Views: 3054

I sure hope they don't tear out the courtyard gardens and that fountain; its a beautiful little oasis downtown. I'm at the courthouse fairly often and have been eating lunch down at that fountain for years; it's one of my most favorite spots in the whole city. Between the Superior courthouse, the mu...
by babyblue65bird
Thu Apr 28, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: L.A., CA - Is there such a thing as a Modern Condo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1104

L.A., CA - Is there such a thing as a Modern Condo?

For various reasons I may need to sell my happy atomic ranch house in Reseda and downsize to a condo. But I can't stand the thought of a tan shag carpet/popcorn ceiling/80's hollow core door kind of a place. Are there such things as MCM condo's around LA? Valleymodern is only houses, is there someon...
by babyblue65bird
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sunset-Vine Tower
Replies: 4
Views: 657

By the way, what's up with this building? I read, I think on this website actually, that it had been vacated because of a DWP equipment explosion under the street out front several years ago; I recently saw lights on inside and around the perimiter of the building but it's still boarded up and fence...
by babyblue65bird
Sat Mar 26, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Your Favorite Diner
Replies: 39
Views: 9559

by babyblue65bird
Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: John Delorean dies at 80
Replies: 27
Views: 72147

by babyblue65bird
Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Hi-Fi turntable repair in L.A.?
Replies: 4
Views: 2225

by babyblue65bird
Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Napa Wine Country Googie?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

by babyblue65bird
Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: IKEA - mixed feelings
Replies: 98
Views: 34683

Some Ikea stuff is classic and durable, and some stuff is really rather disposable. My Expedit wall unit was purchased in 1999, has been moved twice and supports over 1200 LP records. I used carpenter's glue on all of the little wood dowels when I put it together. It was made with maple veneer; it l...
by babyblue65bird
Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: EBAY: Incredible blue kitchen for sale on Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

EBAY: Incredible blue kitchen for sale on Ebay

This makes me sad...this original GE kitchen is gorgeous, and has obviously been kept spotlessly with a great deal of pride by its original owner (notice the dishwasher that has been modified to match the original color scheme), but an insensitive new owner wants it 'out the door' by march 1. Fricki...
by babyblue65bird
Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Anyone collect books and ephemera?
Replies: 8
Views: 2560

The Iliad is a great used bookstore in North Hollywood, not sure of the exact address (but it is right next to Odyssey Video - get the joke?), that has a good architecture section that has quite a bit of turnover. I picked up my copy of Hess' book on Googie coffee shops there for $5. Skylight books ...
by babyblue65bird
Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: In-N-Out Burger raises their prices, darnit!
Replies: 59
Views: 21715

I find it hard to describe any one burger as being the 'best', but there are many that are really great. If I'm in the mood for a quick bite, In-n-Out is THE one. I used to live in Florida, where we had Whataburger, Sonic, and Steak & Shake. They were all pretty good, but not as good as In -n- Out. ...
by babyblue65bird
Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Open Reel Tape is now extinct
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Open Reel Tape is now extinct

This is a little off topic, but somehow seems relavant to me: Quantegy, the last company that made open reel recording tape, has ceased operations. Thankfully, our musical heritage that matters will be preserved indefinitely on the tape it was recorded on back in the day. Future archivists are going...
by babyblue65bird
Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modern in Seattle??
Replies: 10
Views: 2072

Incidentally, there is an amazing Cinerama theater near downtown Seattle, with some outrageous light fixtures and a cool mosaid tiled wall.
by babyblue65bird
Fri Nov 05, 2004 2:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: EBAY: People are just plain ignorant
Replies: 6
Views: 2236

I just picked up a single porthole Westen-Holly for my kitchen for $50 from Ebay from someone else who was upgrading their kitchen--- and they threw in the matching 4 burner cooktop for free! I'm having some parts (burner grates, burner heads) reporcelained, and need to get the timer rebuilt, but fo...
by babyblue65bird
Mon Oct 18, 2004 4:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rainbird headquarters Threatened?
Replies: 9
Views: 2061

The plastic Rainbird pop up units are really very well made. But like all things that were meant to last (and not just be replaced) they need some periodic maintainence. If you download the instructions from their site, you'll see that getting ones that seem to stick in one spot or not pop up all th...
by babyblue65bird
Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Buyers On Budgets
Replies: 41
Views: 13610

I bought my 1956 ranch out in Reseda a year and a half ago. I would no longer be able to afford my house if I tried to buy it today- I'm priced out of my own neighborhood. It's completely insane what has happened to the median home price in the LA area - you need to be making 6 figures just to affor...
by babyblue65bird
Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:20 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Modern Banks in Los Angeles
Replies: 4
Views: 778

There is a Wells Fargo on Sherman Way just east of Reseda Blvd. that looks pretty 60's from the inside still - with the exception of the bulletproof acrylic over the teller windows. Before it became Citibank, the old California Federal building in Echo Park (you know the one, with the helicopter on ...
by babyblue65bird
Mon Sep 20, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Someone here needs to buy this oven!
Replies: 0
Views: 636

Someone here needs to buy this oven!

This may be the most incredible kitchen i've ever seen:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

Could you imagine getting this reporcelained in, say, turquoise or pink??


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by babyblue65bird
Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Cal Oaks Pharmacy in Pasadena
Replies: 12
Views: 3895

by babyblue65bird
Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: SEXYVIXXEN:Intro
Replies: 21
Views: 4494

I was in Oklahoma City last year, and there is a wild MCM bank building north of downtown..probably a 12 or 15 story tower. There's also a cool 30's style ice cream fountain, somewhere near the hospital that is a little north of downtown. Sorry I dont know any specific locations, I was only there fo...
by babyblue65bird
Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Is Cinder Block an affordable option for exterior material?
Replies: 7
Views: 2076

I grew up in Miami in a concrete block house. It was a poured slab, concrete block exterior walls (coated in sand textured stucco) and a trussed roof. The concrete blocks extended all the way up the gables on either end of the house (for windstorm protection). The house held up admirably in Hurrican...
by babyblue65bird
Mon Jul 12, 2004 4:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: About to give up
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

by babyblue65bird
Mon Jun 07, 2004 7:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Del Capri Demolition - Westwood
Replies: 6
Views: 1222

M-M: How about the Beverly Laurel? Close to the Petersen, still looks cool (even though the rooms have been renovated, they aren't done up like a best western).


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by babyblue65bird
Fri May 21, 2004 12:19 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Stage set or real?
Replies: 7
Views: 2170

...but the way cool MCM shopping center from Edward Scissorhands is alive and well in Lakeland, FL.


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by babyblue65bird
Fri May 21, 2004 12:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Subway tunnel going away?
Replies: 9
Views: 1706

About a year and a half ago, the tunnel entrance and the terminal building were both repainted to look like they did in the 50's for a movie shoot (they spent several weeks shooting there, I don't know what movie it was). Now, the front of the tunnel is completely blocked off. Every trace of the rep...
by babyblue65bird
Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: WTD: Cool Retro Shower Curtains
Replies: 3
Views: 2022

Occasionally Urban Outfitters will have some cool shower curtains. We picked up a 60's style swirly op art clear plastic one there a couple of years ago.
by babyblue65bird
Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 1958 Modern home remodelled
Replies: 0
Views: 1424

1958 Modern home remodelled

I found this on a site for a window & door company. At least they didn't put in bay windows and a terra cotta roof.


http://www.marvin.com/remodel/ModernClassic.cfm
by babyblue65bird
Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Sunset Vine Tower?
Replies: 24
Views: 9248

Sunset Vine Tower?

Does anyone know what's up with the office building at Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles? I understand it is from 1961, and is one of the first buildings built that was taller than 14 stories in LA due to the repeal of a height limitation, and the sculpture out front is by a significant artist. The bui...

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