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by googieagog
Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: herman miller plastic eames chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 3104

DWR says in its catalog that the plastic shells are more environmentally friendly than the fiberglas ones. I'll take their word for it. I wonder if they're as durable, though. And The Eameses put a lot of effort into getting the fiber finish just so. The new ones don't have it. Modernica for many ye...
by googieagog
Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Questions about new Heywood Wakefield
Replies: 3
Views: 1975

new H-W

I've looked at a few. Construction quality seems fine. The most popular finish is clear, and the panels are glued up from much narrower birch boards which aren't as evenly grained as on original pieces. So the surfaces are a lot busier, and that tends to fight with the overall lines. The originals c...
by googieagog
Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Illinois - looking for California Ranch type house
Replies: 11
Views: 4045

modernist houses in Chicago

Joe wasn't kidding about the Humrich house. We had a chance to see it this past weekend during a tour organized by Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond. The house is amazing. Humrich worked out the irritating quirks of real Wright Usonians, but kept in the best parts. And it's in incredible all-original con...
by googieagog
Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Racine, WI - John Randal McDonald home for sale $234, 900
Replies: 31
Views: 16628

Chicago area McDonald homes

The Park Ridge/Crime Stories house is about a half-block north of Touhy Avenue on Dee Road in western Park Ridge. Dee runs north-south a half-mile or so east of 294/Tri-State Tollway. It's on the east side of the street, either directly north or two houses north of a large apartment complex on the c...
by googieagog
Tue Dec 07, 2004 2:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 10873

Thanks, SDR. The current issue Atomic Ranch shows a May house where they sandblasted paint off the ceiling beams and t&g. Owner says it altered the texture of the wood, but in the photos it looks great. If that kind of project is out of the question, painting them a wood tone sounds like a good solu...
by googieagog
Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:33 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 10873

Preserve LA wrote: "For example, how often have you seen someone take a minimally designed Modern building and completely ruin it by adding shutters, corbells, 6 panel colonial style home-depot doors, and other elements more appropriate to the American Colonial Revival style than anything "modern." ...
by googieagog
Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright Home Demolished in Michigan
Replies: 11
Views: 2373

The worst part of this is that now the clock has to restart on a reliable tactic for Wright preservation -- "You can't tear that down, there hasn't been a Wright demolition in 30 years." It's going to be a lot easier for somebody to knock down the next one, and it might be something that actually is...
by googieagog
Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:28 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Restoration - how far do you go?
Replies: 43
Views: 10873

These guidelines make a lot of sense, but I'm wondering about this one: 3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or elements from other historic properties, w...
by googieagog
Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Racine, WI - John Randal McDonald home for sale $234, 900
Replies: 31
Views: 16628

Chicago-area McDonald homes

John McDonald is one of my favorites. There's a couple killer McDonald homes just outside Chicago. One, in Niles, looks a bit like Fallingwater but with a carport where the creek would be. The other looks like a limestone flying saucer, on a small lake in Park Ridge. It was used as the home of one o...
by googieagog
Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Brookfield, WI MCM
Replies: 30
Views: 5620

Point taken on Sullivan. I should have specified I was talking about single-family houses, which Sullivan wasn't much for. He had stopped doing them until Wright joined the practice.
by googieagog
Wed Sep 29, 2004 6:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Brookfield, WI MCM
Replies: 30
Views: 5620

Schweikher's work is not as well documented as it should be. Nearly all photos I have are in vintage publcations. He's covered in an Art Institute of Chicago show catalog from about 12 years back on Chicago architecture (can't recall the show name). His designs from the 30s are scattered across Chic...
by googieagog
Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Brookfield, WI MCM
Replies: 30
Views: 5620

Midwestern influences: Wright's Usonians, Paul Schweikher, Keck & Keck. Someone called this house a post and beam. I don't see any evidence that's how it's constructed. It's probably conventional frame. Wright is appalled by lightness of construction? See Cedar Rock in Iowa or most Usonians, Johnson...
by googieagog
Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Brookfield, WI MCM
Replies: 30
Views: 5620

Had to chuckle at PortlandModern's implication that a modern house in Wisconsin must be based on architecture from the coasts. American modern was born in the Midwest, not the coasts, a fact often forgotten.
by googieagog
Thu May 13, 2004 9:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Birch walls, vintage and new quandary
Replies: 2
Views: 816

There are at least two kinds of birch sold at lumber yards. Red birch is darker than white birch when finished (although they look much the same unfinished) and takes on the ornagey color of vintage white birch without any stain. Clear-finished white and red birch both turn noiceably darker within a...
by googieagog
Sun Feb 01, 2004 11:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LETS SAVE La Concha in LAS VEGAS!
Replies: 121
Views: 58677

Las Vegas preservation

It's great that the Neon Museum is keeping period signs out of the crusher (or out of the hands of overseas private collectors). But calling this "preservation" is like calling a stuffed and mounted dodo bird "conservation." Killer signs should be left in their natural habitats or they will become e...
by googieagog
Sun Feb 01, 2004 11:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Researching House in Auburn, WA
Replies: 30
Views: 5967

Nothing special? Your house is great! I too hit dead ends researching county building records for my place, also built in 1950. Try talking to old timers in the neighborhood. That's the way I found out pretty much the whole history of my house, including the architect/builder, remodelings and even t...
by googieagog
Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 422284

preservation in Las Vegas

It's great that the Neon Museum is keeping period signs out of the crusher (or out of the hands of overseas private collectors). But calling this "preservation" is like calling a stuffed and mounted dodo bird "conservation." Killer signs should be left in their natural habitats or they will become e...
by googieagog
Fri Jan 30, 2004 4:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: Paul Bunyan
Replies: 8
Views: 2209

what's it for

I believe this particular Paul used to stand in front of Village Lumber on Lake Street in Melrose Park Ill. It was there for many years until not all that long ago, when the place was demolished.
by googieagog
Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: new member
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

flat roofs

Kevin, I did look into standing seam. They're beautiful & last a lifetime but had to rule it out for cost. Also, I think there was an issue with the minimum pitch required. I can't justify spending that much for a beautiful flat roof that no one would see. But on peaked roofs they're the best. Greg,...
by googieagog
Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:51 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: new member
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

re flat roofs in midwest

You can't stop ice dams from forming on a flat roof. The only solution is to make sure the roof design will shed liquid water and the surface will keep out standing water when it happens. Quality roofers put an extra layer of material in the roof areas where ice dams will be a problem. On my house, ...
by googieagog
Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: new member
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

flat roof

Our roof had 2 big problems. First, it was covered using 1950 materials -- felt and tar. I'm guessing it leaked almost from the beginning. There was a lot of plaster damage, some structural damage and evidence of frequent past repairs all over the house. Neighbors say the original owner was up there...
by googieagog
Sat Jan 17, 2004 10:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: new member
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

new member

Hello, I'm Dan. My wife Jill and I have collected '50s modern since 1983, and are doing our part to infect our two daughters as well. We're on our 2nd '50s house, a cottage designed and built in 1950 by the original owner, a tradesman inspired by Usonian and other modernist plans of the time. It's i...

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