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by googieagog
Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: The Bed Dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 1524

by googieagog
Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

Thanks for the photos -- beautiful interior. The wood looks to be in good shape, and the kitchen won't take much to make it vintage perfect. The walkout basement is a wonderful bonus. Cadman is right on the money re BH&G -- the living room is very similar to that in the 1950 BH&G house five ...
by googieagog
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

Cool house! Please post some inside pix. Is that the original exterior color? Looks like there's a creek in the foreground ... any problems with flooding from rain/meltwater?
by googieagog
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1954 SOM's first curtain wall building
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Update in Tribune (thanks for heads up, Jetset Joe) provides a glimmer of hope:

by googieagog
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Low Flow Requirements
Replies: 16
Views: 832

Tell the sellers you'll handle this job yourself, for free. Use a grout saw to remove the grout line around the base. Remove the original toilets and stash in a safe place. Install Home Cheapo models to pass the inspection. After closing, swap back to the originals and regrout if need be. If you're ...
by googieagog
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Karen Carpenter Home may be demolished
Replies: 14
Views: 5211

This project could prove quite a challenge. Although there are plenty of contractors that do asbestos removal, I'm not aware of any that do saccharine abatement ... As for Downey's top musical family, that would be the Alvin brothers. The Blasters were (and sometimes are) the second greatest rockabi...
by googieagog
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: snow on a flat roof
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

I've heard of people shoveling their flat roofs in years like this. But I've also heard horror stories of damage & leaks from shoveling, so be careful if you go that route. If your house has stood 50 years or so, what's the chance of it falling down now -- unless you've got structural rot. A big...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:27 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1954 SOM's first curtain wall building
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

A funny local radio ad features a Chicagoan of Eastern European origin who refers to the lake as "the Michigan Ocean." But Lake Michigan is swimmable -- not so Lake Superior. Now that's cold, even in August.
by googieagog
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: SPUTNIKs Couple of 12-arm light fixtures
Replies: 0
Views: 694

FS: SPUTNIKs Couple of 12-arm light fixtures

Two similar 12-arm, 17'' drop Sputniks offered on that auction site: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150214934643&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=005 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150214936569&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=005
by googieagog
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Lounge Pioneer Freddie Bell has died
Replies: 1
Views: 900

Though he performed in lounges, musically Freddie's best early stuff -- like the Treniers -- was actually jump blues/rock 'n' roll. See the Alan Freed/Bill Haley flick "Rock Around the Clock" for period footage of Freddie and band. As for "Hound Dog, " I believe a version was rec...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: FS: DVD of talk on LA midcentury modern by Allen Porter
Replies: 0
Views: 718

FS: DVD of talk on LA midcentury modern by Allen Porter

A DVD is now available of the keynote presentation in February 2007 at Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond's third annual meeting, titled "Los Angeles: Modernism and the Creative Fervor of the 50s/60s." Allen Porter, a founding member of CBB and a former student of the New Bauhaus/Institute of De...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4360

GE offered their own version of the lazy susan fridge back in '54: http://www.antiqueappliances.com/products/general_electric/1954_general_electric_fridge_combo.htm And Philco had a brilliant idea I'm surprised no one has resurrected -- a door that swings both ways: http://www.antiqueappliances.com/...
by googieagog
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 2413

SDR, I see what you're getting at. I'll also point out that Wright wasn't always low and quiet in his non-residential work -- the Phillips 66 station (with neon), the Unitarian Meeting House and other dramatic rooflines for example. Wright had some outlandish designs toward the end (and some were hi...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Circular architects
Replies: 20
Views: 1767

Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion house is round. Aside from Wright's triangle & hex houses, he also did several hemicycles (half circles) and round houses as well. Some of his followers did the same, including George Fred Keck and John Randal McDonald. See first season episodes of '80s neo-noir TV show &...
by googieagog
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

The Crites houses are great, thanks for posting them Luther & SDR.
by googieagog
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 2413

Good points, Nichols. My point was that exactly the roadside building types you site -- restaurants etc -- are more fragile than, say, a corporate HQ. Many were percieved as disposable from the time they were built, which makes it tougher to maintain them and easier to justify knocking them down.
by googieagog
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help: I need some sort of rubber feet for hairpin legs...
Replies: 18
Views: 2006

Modernica legs are too broad at the base for most cups and caps sold at the hardware store. The large square rubber pads might work, but not very pretty. I tried the heaviest stick-on felt pads I could find -- the gray cut-to-fit kind. They fell off within a month. We've lived with marks on the hard...
by googieagog
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1954 SOM's first curtain wall building
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

SOM has done a proposal, pro bono, to turn it into a cafeteria. It essentially would be a building within a building, same as the original office core there now, but larger. Cost would be about the same as knocking it down and building a new cafeteria.
by googieagog
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM tv stand help please!
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Rockland's idea is good -- buy a box from Ikea and install legs of your own choice. Or, depending on your style, space and height requirements, Heywood-Wakefield lamp tables make good TV stands. They have an open shelf perfect for cable/dish boxes, dvd players etc. Link isn't my auction, just provid...
by googieagog
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 2413

There's a difference between Modern and Googie architecture. Googie is purely American, based on both Frank Lloyd Wright (via John Lautner) and market demands of the commercial roadside. It was quite the fad for a while here, and like most fads it reached extremes before going away. In Europe -- hom...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: retro-look kitchen appliances
Replies: 69
Views: 4360

Nothing beats the style, and in some cases quality, of vintage appliances. We had them in our former house and they looked great. But they were unrestored and we got tired of the repairs, down time and defrosting. Professionally restored vintage gas ranges and frost-free fridges cost more than new. ...
by googieagog
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

Cool photos -- some jaunty rooflines there. The MacNidar house, by Curtis Besinger, is the Rock Glenn Usonian I refered to earlier. The back wing perpendicular to the street is mostly glass and overlooks the river.
by googieagog
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Chapel Hill, NC. MCM House on 12 acres with pool
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

by googieagog
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crowded?
Replies: 131
Views: 10260

by googieagog
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Viktor Schreckengost 1906-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 330

His early '60s bikes for Cleveland Welding, sold by Sears and also under the Murray brand, are great fun. While others were putting out boring middleweight bikes, Viktor came up with some wild frames and was still slapping on the chrome and trim. Great style, less weight. My wife freaks out the neig...
by googieagog
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Not sure if this is MCM but need help
Replies: 3
Views: 786

I have an Aladdin brochure, with a specification and price sheet, dated March 1950. It includes floor plans. It doesn't include the yellow house you cited but has others something like it. These are cottages, so they're not huge. If a Google search doesn't turn up what you're looking for, and if you...
by googieagog
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

The interesting thing about Iowa during the 50's is that a lot of the little farm towns were still alive and kicking during this time and so it wasn't unusual to see a couple modern houses spring up "in town" and the "modern" facade given to downtown store fronts. ... In the big...
by googieagog
Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Iowa
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

In the Iowa list cited, note correction to the Rock Glenn/Rock Cliff neighborhood in Mason City: It's not just Prairie Style, there's one pretty spectacular '50s Usonian by one of Wright's students there, facing out over the river. Cross the bridge and walk to the far bank to get the best view. The ...

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