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by tallrick
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 1950's Bathroom remodel- wadaya think?
Replies: 15
Views: 2458

I have seen homes from the 50's and 60's with the clear glass shower doors. While less common than the patterned glass, they were found in some of the more upscale homes in Miami, so I know they are period correct for the 50's. Most ranch homes were low cost, so they used 4" x 4" tiles ins...
by tallrick
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To build or buy, a difficult question
Replies: 13
Views: 2005

To build or buy, a difficult question

Still trying to decide here. My current home is fine, but I am being taxed out of existance, and have no room to grow. Will be doing a "fix up" and update to make it more sellable, but want to move. The ideal home for me would be on at least 2 acres, preferably more, and will have no more ...
by tallrick
Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 1950's Bathroom remodel- wadaya think?
Replies: 15
Views: 2458

It's nice, but the lack of a mortar bed and raised bull-nosed tile is a dead giveaway of non-50's. The terrazzo floor tiles are a classy touch, but without vibrant 50's colors you do not have a true reproduction. It looks a bit more like an upscale home otherwise and to the casual observer or someon...
by tallrick
Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New book about Miami Modernism
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Is there a Miami Modern group now? I had no luck 20 years ago when I tried to get interest in 50's modern buildings. Currently trying to collect materials for my modern library as well.
by tallrick
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:27 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM home from commercial or educational property?
Replies: 5
Views: 527

MCM home from commercial or educational property?

Does anyone out there know of someone who made a home out of a school, office building or business? I would think that in some areas where real estate is affordable, someone could have bought a nice mid-century property and converted it into a house. Perhaps a combined home and business like a store...
by tallrick
Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom ideas?
Replies: 113
Views: 113379

Q for tallrock: Given that terrazzo is typically composed of marble or stone chips and Portland Cement, with the surface then ground smooth and sealed, I am curious how "you can do yourself at home." It's a lot easier than making your own ceiling tiles, which I also do! If you can mix con...
by tallrick
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Rubel Castle builder Mike Rubel passed away this week
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Probably the stress of fighting the local government did him in. What's the best place to see pics of his creation?
by tallrick
Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Cool montage of 50s & 60s lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 1950

Nice video of classic lighting. Too bad my favorites are left out, but I love the spun aluminum bullet lights. I had posted my intention to reproduce some of my favorites, but it may have been deleted?
by tallrick
Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: eichler heating/air conditioning => RV unit?
Replies: 9
Views: 991

Since I built my home with a concrete roof I put the ducting in the hallway, covered up by my homemade ceiling tiles. In my parent's home I installed a water chiller system homemade from junk. Individual fan coils deliver cool air to each bedroom, the kitchen, living room and florida room. I pulled ...
by tallrick
Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: We need a modern product directory for those of us building
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Looks like i may be the first to do it. Will start with essentials like mosaic tiles, light fixtures, hardware and ceiling tiles and move on to others. I am also trying to see if I can find more Arcitectural magazines from the 50's to get a better idea of what products they had back then. I already ...
by tallrick
Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: We need a modern product directory for those of us building
Replies: 3
Views: 338

We need a modern product directory for those of us building

Surprising it has not been done. Those of us who know of manufacturers who still produce quality MCM should be listed in some form of directory. Whether domestic or overseas, don't you think that products that fit well in the MCM home deserve to be listed in one place for those of us looking for the...
by tallrick
Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bathroom ideas?
Replies: 113
Views: 113379

Oh no, Sumu, terazzo shower pans are readily available as are ceramic mosaic tile. Yes but the classic 2 inch, 2 x 1 , and 1 inch square edged solid mosaic tiles are not produced to my knowledge. They are made, to some extent in China. I used those tiles in my bathroom project and they were only 1....
by tallrick
Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: 1969 Dodge Charger, modern car?
Replies: 8
Views: 2460

1969 Dodge Charger, modern car?

Those are the only cars I have had, and still drive. Is it a "modern" car or just the General Lee?
by tallrick
Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Library Discards
Replies: 9
Views: 430

So who is going to make the "mid century modern" collection?
by tallrick
Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Broiler/Harvey's Broiler/Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Replies: 241
Views: 91472

This cruise is a great idea, to buy the place back and rebuild it. I cannot see how a used car lot would have created more income than a diner, and unlike yet another stip mall, it could be a real attraction for the city. That location was so well known, and if it was up to me the people who demolis...
by tallrick
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Library Discards
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Library Discards

I have noticed that in the last year or two the local libraries have disposed of all their old architectural periodicals. At the local college they had Architectural Forum, Progressive Architecture back to the 50's. and Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Architectural digest. I used to refe...
by tallrick
Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Holophane lighting, anyone want reproductions?
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Holophane lighting, anyone want reproductions?

I am so frustrated by the lack of cooperation with the local schools here. As part of their "energy efficiency" program thay have been replacing all incandescent lights with florescent or sodium vapor fixtures. All the old fixtures have been thrown out. I have been looking for some of them...
by tallrick
Thu May 03, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: NEW Mid Mod home - Is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 1531

I had some construction pics, but they are at my parent's home. My home has been a mess because I am trying to lower the property value, so it's not photogenic now. I will try and find the pics this weekend.
by tallrick
Tue May 01, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help STLModern choose a fence style
Replies: 19
Views: 5006

I would also go with a concrete louvered fence. They were very popular in the 50's and last a long time. If you pour the pieces yourself they are inexpensive too!
by tallrick
Tue May 01, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: NEW Mid Mod home - Is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 1531

The secret to getting the 1957 look is to use 1957 finishes. Terrazzo floors, mosaic tiles, natural finishes, and if stucco is used (sparingly) it must be smooth, not rough. If you use pored concrete for the floors and roof, and make it flat, you will get the authentic modern look. Also make sure yo...
by tallrick
Tue May 01, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: NEW Mid Mod home - Is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 1531

I built mine in 1990, and it can still be done. Just have to find an area where the zoning isn't written by communists. maybe if we would work together a list of sources for modern finishing materials can be compiled and we can make it happen.
by tallrick
Tue May 01, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Broiler/Harvey's Broiler/Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Replies: 241
Views: 91472

I hope that you will like your new strip shopping center. We all know that this "Harvey's Broiler" is never going to be rebuilt. High property values will see to that. The owner was too dumb to realize what a good thing he had. I bet that place could have made a small fortune restored and ...
by tallrick
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Johnie's Broiler/Harvey's Broiler/Bob's Big Boy Broiler
Replies: 241
Views: 91472

If this was located in the rural midwest instead of California it would still be in business and standing.
by tallrick
Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Walgreens to destroy 1955 Chinese joint in D.C.
Replies: 14
Views: 2719

And to think that Walgreens was once a modern store with big neon signs and those cool space age entrance gates. Now I find a Walgreens at the site of every modern building destroyed. I refuse to buy from them anymore.
by tallrick
Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Question- What draws us to modern?
Replies: 32
Views: 5283

Modern means quality, modern means optimism and honesty. What modern has survived stands the test of time. Homes and offices, unremodeled hold their look longer than 70's and after junk. Modern is again cutting edge, different. Build your modern home or business, and you stand out from the crowd. On...
by tallrick
Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: STLModern's new house!
Replies: 27
Views: 2639

by tallrick
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Best location for new modern?
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Obviously California is out, since the 70's it has been way too expensive in some areas, and it completely out of control now. In the 80's I visited Las Vegas for the first time and was mighty impressed! Even saw some awesome deals on nice homes, but I was in college at the time and not ready for a ...
by tallrick
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: inspiration in palm springs p&k alexander
Replies: 5
Views: 602

by tallrick
Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Sources for modern materials for a new home
Replies: 0
Views: 204

Sources for modern materials for a new home

Since it's pretty unlikely that an affordable, original modern home can be found, perhaps more efforts should be made to create new ones in safer areas. Most modern structures seem to be in bubble cities in California and Florida, and you know that these will eventually be demolished or remuddled to...
by tallrick
Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Lustron Home razed in Arlington
Replies: 1
Views: 203


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