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by googieagog
Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flat Roofs Bad
Replies: 9
Views: 1815

Banning flat roofs is the wrong way to go about restricting oversize houses. Better solution: Set a cap on the ratio of square footage to lot size. The way this story reads, a modest one-story house could not be built with a flat roof, just to keep someone else from building a three-story monster. S...
by googieagog
Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 480739

Hey, Joe. We visit Milwaukee (as well as Green Bay and Dells areas) fairly often and it seems there are a good number of MCM's there. And you're already won half the battle by finding a realtor who knows what vintage modern is. Perhaps you'll get really lucky and find yourself a house by John Randal...
by googieagog
Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Shorewood Hills, WI, etc.-Frank Lloyd Wright Homes For Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3648

Robb, your experiences on how kids respond to MCM are similar to mine. Our kids' friends seem to "get it" more than their parents do. You asked for pix of our house. Here are some: http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog/sets/72157594586303362/ There's also a clip on our place from the doc...
by googieagog
Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Shorewood Hills, WI, etc.-Frank Lloyd Wright Homes For Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 3648

I suppose someone would buy a Wright-designed house at $1.5 million partly because of the status/novelty of being the proud owner of it...IF they want it that badly, of course. A Wright house is essentially a museum, and it's not PRACTICAL if you have small children. A TV program I saw awhile back ...
by googieagog
Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The look of amber shellac
Replies: 3
Views: 1234

If you mean the window exteriors, shellac isn't rated for outdoor use and flakes off pretty easily even under ideal conditions. You may have to strip or sand the windows before recoating. I'd go with marine (spar) varnish, which is rated for outdoor use. Back in its heyday, shellac was mostly used o...
by googieagog
Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bought my 1st MCM apartment!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 9748

Crane sinks are the coolest design of all their products -- the Rocketeer handles & the way the water is channeled & mixed through the porcelain before reaching the spout. A better and cheaper alternative for more surface space -- float a shelf above the toilet tank, even with the level of t...
by googieagog
Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Question on Materials - Synthetic vs. Natural
Replies: 7
Views: 1793

by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: where can you buy a dingbat?
Replies: 22
Views: 6794

I believe the opposite is true. According to Hess in "Googie Redux," "In printing, a dingbat is an asterisk-like symbol..." so it was in use long before the buildings came along. That's right. As a newspaper guy who actually remembers lead type & hand pasteup, I can confirm ...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Do you have a favorite "MCM mood" music?
Replies: 28
Views: 5440

Keep a lookout at estate sales etc. for vintage vinyl on a label called Command Records. These were demonstration records designed to show off the channel seperation of the earliest stereos. They turn up so often I suspect they must have been given away with hi-fis. And probably played once, since t...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bought my 1st MCM apartment!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 9748

by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hello after a long absence!! *pic heavy*
Replies: 8
Views: 3068

Frida, cool house exterior in your vintage pix. And good call on not painting the fireplace. Robb, fine work on your exterior. It looks great and totally appropriate. I tried to talk my wife into going with vinyl shingles on our house. Cedar shingle siding was originally used on some early 50s moder...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Previous Owner Dereliction of Homeowner Duties
Replies: 11
Views: 3760

Staar wrote: you're lucky. i wish i knew what colours this house used to be. Take a paint scraper or putty knife to an out-of-the-way spot and play archeologist. We did at our place, inside and out, and it really helped us understand the orignal house. Roxy 500 wrote: Someone along the way put new ...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Question on Materials - Synthetic vs. Natural
Replies: 7
Views: 1793

Modern doesn't equate with synthetic. Just take a look at any '30s-'50s Wright or Wright-inspired home. I've seen original butcher block countertops in MCM homes by Wright-trained architects, and they look great. Wright himself used Linoleum -- arguably a "natural" material made from cork ...
by googieagog
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Membrane roof & gutters?
Replies: 2
Views: 1294

If the drainpipe repair doesn't involve the flashing -- that's the spot where the membrane meets the drainpipe -- you needn't worry about the roof at all. If the drainpipe repair or replacement involves disturbing the flashing, then whoever you hire to do the work will have to replace the flashing. ...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: The Alcoa Carefree homes by Charles Goodman
Replies: 21
Views: 5501

by googieagog
Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: My rancher rehab
Replies: 40
Views: 10371

Beautiful work, great colors. You have shown the way for potential buyers who couldn't see what elbow grease, new surfaces and understanding can do. I love these kind of ranches. They look great but don't present many of the challenges presented by restoring more "architectural" homes. Tha...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pictures of pitched membrane roofs??
Replies: 16
Views: 4109

A modified bitumin roof might be the way to go. It has a granular finish that looks something like gravel. But unlike loose gravel, it won't roll off. Modified bitumin typically is installed "flame down" where edges of the roll material are melted together using a torch. So that would solv...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:42 am
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Favorite Buildings in St. Louis
Replies: 3
Views: 2598

Hey, don't forget the Arch. St. Louis is a fine but underrated town for architecture & planning. A good hunk of the riverfront is open, like Chicago's lakefront, AND it has a huge downtown park, like New York. A magnificent one-two punch. When we visited the art museum for the Eames show a few y...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: fave mid-mod youtube grab-bag
Replies: 60
Views: 14965

We were at a party Saturday and several people told us our MCM house is on youtube. It was news to us. We were interviewed for a film a couple years ago and never heard anything more. It was filmed in our living/dining room because that was the only one finished. Here's the link http://www.youtube.c...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Thrifters, Pillagers, Estate Salers..post your top 5 finds!
Replies: 26
Views: 9378

1) Set of 4 Eames/Miller rosewood DCMs: $8 (mid-80s) 2) 60s Heath dinnerware service for 5: $7 (2004) 3) Set of 4 Eames/Miller bucket chairs w/ eiffel bases: $175 (1999) 4) Large von Allesch ceramic table lamp w/ original shade: $50 (1999) 5) 50s Nelson bongo-shape bubble lamp NOS in original box: $...
by googieagog
Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: KC Drummond Revere Home
Replies: 93
Views: 26636

Here's a vote, for what it's worth, to plant something native to your area to create your sceen. I planted a row of 22 red cedars six years ago, to block a neighbor's "farm light" that shines into my house every night. The seedlings were 3'' tall when planted, and now are 10' plus. The soi...
by googieagog
Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:36 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Mold-a-Rama Machines
Replies: 23
Views: 7182

Chicago's Field and Science & Industry museums as well as Lincoln Park Zoo have the machines (maybe Brookfield Zoo & Shedd Aquarium too). I had a few as a kid myself, but of course didn't keep any. My kids have been collecting these things since they were old enough to walk. They have about ...
by googieagog
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Brookfield, WI MCM kitchen makeover
Replies: 9
Views: 2260

Wonderful color choices, it looks just great. Nice work preserving much of the original kitchen. I'm jealous of your above-counter window, that's a beautiful feature. I also love the cork floors. What sort of finish is on them, to allow use in a kitchen? (Thanks for the heads up on this thread, and ...
by googieagog
Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "I'm getting sick of seeing mid-century sofas"
Replies: 7
Views: 2849

It's interesting to note the differences in view between the Baby Boomers and subsequent generations. Whereas the Boomers rejected much of their parents' values and accomplishments, the Gen-X (or Y) embraced their grandparents' accomplishments and recognized the optimism in MidMod. Well, yes and no...
by googieagog
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "This Old House" Goes Modern
Replies: 67
Views: 32237

DIY Network is rerunning this remuddling on "This Old House Classics" this week, so I'm finally getting to see it for the first time. A "classic" show, perhaps, but it shows little respect for classic modern. The host shows obvious distain for MCM at every turn so far, in the vic...
by googieagog
Thu Oct 20, 2005 2:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Looking for big, centered, round door locks...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

The real trick with these is finding the hardware which allows you to install the knob in the door's center, or any real distance from the edge. I found the original front door plate & knob from my previous project house, built in '57, in the garage. But I could never find the gizmo, don't know ...
by googieagog
Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: In Praise of the Ranch House
Replies: 4
Views: 870

"On TV, most of the houses went up, just as they did in reality," says Mark Bennett, an L.A. artist whose work concerns the floor plans of sitcom houses. He laments that the sitcom that celebrated 1950s Southern California — "Happy Days" — wasn't set in a ranch house. "There were several great s...
by googieagog
Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Chicago MCM shopping?
Replies: 6
Views: 1686

Wlecome to Chicago! There's no doubt that garbage day pickings are not what they used to be. It seems people have smartened up, or perhaps all the good stuff has already been snapped up. The Broadway market and Modern Times are great. But for less pricymidcentury furnishings try Belmont Avenue shops...

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