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by googieagog
Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our new Fake Lloyd Wright bathroom
Replies: 18
Views: 1781

I've finally completed our new powder room, including recreation of the original clerestory window. Here are some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog/2078031119/in/set-72157594586303362/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog/2078031125/in/set-72157594586303362/ http://www.flickr.com/ph...
by googieagog
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: To build or buy, a difficult question
Replies: 13
Views: 2105

This discussion of taxes, location and govt. services is interesting. Proximity to a major metro area isn't always the determining factor. We're 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, yet we're in an isolated unincorporated neighborhood. Downsides: well & septic, no fire hydrants, no high-speed inter...
by googieagog
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Chicago, IL house for sale tour nov 18
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Went on this tour Sunday, the house is beautifully restored. I think it has the nicest mahogany interior walls I've ever seen. CBB will soon post photos from the tour on its Web site. The house is not yet officially on the market. The owner indicated he plans to put it up in the next few months, at ...
by googieagog
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Chrysler Turbine - home movie
Replies: 4
Views: 596

These are amazing. My understanding is all but a few of them were crushed after the test, due to feds imposing a huge tax on the Italian-made bodies. Car never went into production because it ate gas. I saw one of the survivors at the Auburn-Cord-Dusenburg Museum about 12 years back. Notice it looks...
by googieagog
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Chicago, IL
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Great bones and a beautiful site. Interior is a bit too slicked up. No period details appear to have survived -- a shame.
by googieagog
Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Hotel Valley Ho - Phoenix
Replies: 17
Views: 4615

Finally got around to uploading some photos from our mid-June stay at the Hotel Valley Ho. We enjoyed it. Not cheap, but it was the off-season, and still a whole lot less pricy than our other pick, the Arizona Biltmore. Unlike the Biltmore, the Valley Ho's rooms at least have some style. http://www....
by googieagog
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Let's talk tubs...
Replies: 16
Views: 1499

You indicate the tub's maker is unknown. The spout and knobs look like Crane, so there's a good chance the tub is Crane as well. If so, you're in luck -- they're the best fixtures ever made. Check inside the toilet tank for marks. (Be very careful handling the tank lid.) Knowing the manufactuer, mod...
by googieagog
Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: A Real Beauty For Sale - Milwaukie, Or
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Beautiful, worth every penny. It even has a workshop under the garage, and it looks like a treehouse in the back yard -- what more do you need? The upgrades look good -- only sour note is the shiny stuff around the fireplace.
by googieagog
Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:51 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mid-Century built-in planter pictures?
Replies: 15
Views: 1233

My mom, a houseplant fanatic, always had mother-in-law's tounge in the room-divider/planter in our 1953 house. So did nearly every other house with these kinds of planters I recall visiting in the '60s. But my all-time favorite houseplants are caladiums, though I can't speak to whether they were pop...
by googieagog
Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: cover/window treatments
Replies: 3
Views: 1093

We went with Roman shades in a sort of a matchstick/bamboo/burlap weave in the bedrooms. They're not especially mcm, but they don't look out of place. In the bathroom, I replaced the lower sash pane with ribbed, frosted glass. Before that, we used press-on frosted film from Ikea to give some privacy...
by googieagog
Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Designer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 2013

I've been sorting through '50s design mags I haven't looked at in years, and spotted some ads for high-end ceramic and metal/ceramic pulls. I didn't see any that seem to match yours, though. You could just "swing by" and see for yourself:) We would love to see your place, Dave. But the sum...
by googieagog
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Designer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 2013

Beautiful kitchen. Are the pulls original, and do they have ceramic centers?
by googieagog
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: For those who want that mid-Century smell
Replies: 1
Views: 615

That's funny!

Now you just need to get Lysol to include a pronunciation guide: It's not NEW-tra air, it's NOY-tra air . . .
by googieagog
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:10 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: It's dark in here!!! Suggestions for interior lighting?
Replies: 35
Views: 2298

I was worried about cold flourescent light in my bathroom, so I painted the inside of the valance (and the wall behind it) metallic gold and used translucent ivory acrylic sheet as a diffuser. That, along with using a warm tube, seems to have worked. http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog/501288964...
by googieagog
Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help with hardware
Replies: 5
Views: 454

I have seen those same cabinet pulls in other usonians ... if you don't find them through Liz's, try posting this question where other Wright owners chat:

http://www.savewright.org/talk.html
by googieagog
Wed May 30, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: The Gobbler Motel & Supper Club
Replies: 5
Views: 2327

I don't know about the National Register -- since this apparently was built in the '60s I doubt it's old enough. But I sure think it deserves protection.

Check out this site on the architect's other work -- lots of really cool stuff here:

http://www.helmutajango.com/commercial.html
by googieagog
Mon May 28, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: The Gobbler Motel & Supper Club
Replies: 5
Views: 2327

The motel was demolished a while back, but the supper club across the road is still there, perhaps not for long. I had a chance to stop there this weekend and took a few shots under dark clouds: http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog/sets/72157600280572560/detail/ Somebody oughta save this place.
by googieagog
Mon May 28, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: MCM Renovation in Ann Arbor
Replies: 8
Views: 950

A stunning house. I don't know if a compound with three living-space buildings qualifies as "modest," though. Those "public sized" baths are quite common in L.A. I call them party baths. Until about a century ago, most families bathed in the same water, one after the other, usual...
by googieagog
Fri May 25, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: restore or replace exterior lights?
Replies: 8
Views: 1310

Try Met-All Aluminum polish. If that doesn't work, consider taking them apart & spray painting the aluminum parts with aluminum paint. It looks pretty good and it's a lot cheaper than replacing them. While you've got them apart, replace the sockets & wiring.
by googieagog
Fri May 25, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: dressing up the inside of my fireplaces
Replies: 25
Views: 1620

A real wood-buring fireplace, complete with blackened firebrick and sooty exterior stones, to me is part of the whole indoor/outdoor, getting back to nature thread that runs through much MCM. Fireplace doors & screens ruin the effect because they isolate the wood and flames. But unless you have ...
by googieagog
Fri May 25, 2007 6:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Need help finding storm/screen door
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Depending on the age & look of your place, and how "period correct" your style, you might want to consider a wood storm door. They are available in very limited sizes from the big box home centers. For odd sizes, look at real mill shops. I ended up ordering mine on the web, because the...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Real Estate vs. Architecture
Replies: 8
Views: 615

A fascinating story. "Architecture, until now, has been primarily in the real estate camp. They value new and remodeled and redone. This has had sad results for many pieces of world-class architecture. ... I’m appalled when people take that attitude. It’s not taken in any of the fine arts. ...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 1:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: rebuilding the soffits and other questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

I'm no expert on stain, but opaque stain might solve your problem. Or maybe you could sand or seal the too-red area before staining. You might want to talk to a paint shop about your options, and experiment on test patches before making a final decision. As for color, I'm obviously partial to reddis...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: ebay-great desk!
Replies: 9
Views: 1462

by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 6:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: House Beautiful 1946 Florida MCM, Modern Kitchen Contest
Replies: 0
Views: 323

House Beautiful 1946 Florida MCM, Modern Kitchen Contest

Extra clean copy of March 1946 House Beautiful featuring postwar design. “You May Win This Kitchen,â€￾ spread on sleek modern Miller Metal kitchen designed by Karl Steinhauser. Profile on DIY modern Florida home by Alfred Browning Parker. Nice little feature on Artek furniture. Loaded with great a...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 6:48 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: Better Homes 1952 St. Louis, Minneapolis, Florida MCMs
Replies: 0
Views: 318

Better Homes 1952 St. Louis, Minneapolis, Florida MCMs

This Better Homes & Gardens Feb. 1952 issue features three killer mid-century modern homes: Cover story on Florida home by Crawford & Little; Minneapolis home by Humphrey & Hardenberg; and Five Star Plans home in St. Louis by Diedrich F. Rixman. Loads of cool ads including Heywood-Wakefi...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 6:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: Cliff May 1948 Pace-Setter House Beautiful
Replies: 0
Views: 353

Cliff May 1948 Pace-Setter House Beautiful

I'm listing on e-Bay this Feb. 1948 House Beautiful mostly dedicated to Cliff May's Pace-Setter House in LA. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=005&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=150124639167&rd=1&rd=1 See my other auctions for more vintage magazines...
by googieagog
Mon May 21, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neighborhood associations ?
Replies: 6
Views: 526

My neighborhood has an association which is now barely a shadow of its former self. Back in 1948, when the neighborhood was first subdivided, through the '60s or early '70s, it was quite active. But that was a different time with different laws. The association was funded by annual dues which were &...
by googieagog
Sat May 19, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: rebuilding the soffits and other questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Roxy, we went through exactly the same issues with our roof. Our vents were right up against the house, also just a gap filled with hardware cloth. I have seen this kind of vent on many other mcm houses. Since our front soffit is about 8' wide, that ment that entire distance wasn't vented. So I yank...

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