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by retrocool
Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Anthony Midcentury Moderns Downey
Replies: 2
Views: 1195

Anthony Midcentury Moderns Downey

Yesterday my neighbor who has lived in his house since 1954 told me that many of the flat roofed modern homes in the Northeast area of Downey were built by Anthony Homes, who were also the builders of fine swimming pools in Southern Ca. He said that many of the Anthony's had pools that went along wi...
by retrocool
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downey City council vote (((Mansionization)))))
Replies: 3
Views: 648

THIS NEW CODE CAN PASS

The council favors the amendment, in fact Dave Gaffin said that while he was campaining he had hundreds of people asking him to please do something about Mansionization. It looks promissing, we just need the support through emails, and especially at the planning and council meetings. The builders we...
by retrocool
Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:49 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downey City council vote (((Mansionization)))))
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Mansionization issue sent back to planning commission

I went to the city council meeting last night where the council sent the mansionization issue back to the plannign commission for more research. I can't believe how many contractors and architects were there to try and stop this from passing. Downey has many great mid-century homes to presearve, it ...
by retrocool
Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downey City council vote (((Mansionization)))))
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Downey City council vote (((Mansionization)))))

The Downey City Council will vote on Mansionization on April 26 at 7:30 PM. It would be great to fill the chamber with people that support the anti mansionization issue. You can count on the developers to be there to support the status quo. So anybody who's is interested please attend and support th...
by retrocool
Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Has anybody heard of Harry T. MacDonald Architects
Replies: 0
Views: 430

Has anybody heard of Harry T. MacDonald Architects

In searching an old Downey High Yearbook I found an add for Harry T. MacDonald Architects. It say they are the designers of Downey Unified Schools. there address was 5749-51 S. Wilton Place LA 62 California. JUst wondering if they were a well known firm, most of the Downey Schools are mid-century mo...
by retrocool
Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Historic Auto Dealerships
Replies: 29
Views: 14037

Massey Chevrolet Cadillac

The Cadillac dealer at the 5 and 605 is Massey Cadillac. There is a really cool modern fountain out front which also showcases Cadillacs newest cars. here is the address Massey Chevrolet Cadillac 11146 Florence Avenue Downey, CA 90241 Also Downey Ford near the 5 freeway at Lakewood Blvd. It has a co...
by retrocool
Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey Ca. Custom Ranch (((((Photo)))))
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

Cinderella

Yes it is a Cinderella, but it could be a "Cinderella Story" if the right person gets a hold of it. That whole section of the city is zoned 10,000 sq ft lots. There are some Mc Mansions, but the city has but a hold on all new building in wake of the vote on the Mansionization issue. Hopefully this w...
by retrocool
Fri Mar 25, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey Ca. Custom Ranch (((((Photo)))))
Replies: 7
Views: 2006

Downey Ca. Custom Ranch (((((Photo)))))

Hey guys I saw this great house in Northeast Downey today. Corner lot zoned 10000 sq ft. Home is over 3000 sq. ft. Hardwood floors real sharp looking home. Click on the link below and go to Michaels hot buys. It is the house on Shellyfield Dr. Downey. It has a photo. http://www.michaelberdelis.com H...
by retrocool
Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - cool MODERN home for sale as probate.
Replies: 5
Views: 1856

I just found out there is a sale pending

I just found out there is a sale pending. Maybe they will accept back-up offers.
by retrocool
Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - cool MODERN home for sale as probate.
Replies: 5
Views: 1856

Yeah, I tried to get a pic, but couldn't find one. The house is really cool though.
by retrocool
Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:43 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - cool MODERN home for sale as probate.
Replies: 5
Views: 1856

Sale is pending

The going price is $699,000. Did anyone in here buy this house? What a diamond this home could be.
by retrocool
Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - 1959 home for sale. ((((With Photo))))))
Replies: 1
Views: 1090

Downey, CA - 1959 home for sale. ((((With Photo))))))

The house is a large single story with a pool. Click on the link and go to page 2. The home is located on 6th St.
http://www.michaelberdelis.com/Nav.aspx ... fault.aspx

See Ya,
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by retrocool
Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Downey's NEW General Plan
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Great Place to preserve!!!

Downey is a great example of modern suburbia. There are General Plan programs to preserve historical sites throughout the city. The city is also centrally located between LA and OC and the mountains and the beaches.
www.downeyhistoricalsociety.com
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by retrocool
Sat Feb 26, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - cool MODERN home for sale as probate.
Replies: 5
Views: 1856

Downey, CA - cool MODERN home for sale as probate.

Wow!!!!!! I saw a great modern for sale today. Looks to be in original condition from what I could see. Clean lines and sharp corners. A real modern gem, if its polished it could be awesome. It's located on a culdesac in a great area of North Downey. I looked for a link or picture on the MLS but no ...
by retrocool
Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 1950's "21st Century Home" films
Replies: 3
Views: 1141

Old films

You might try Jeff Valencia, He is a member of the Downey Historical Society. He specializes in old movie film.
DHS phone # 562-862-2777
www.downeyhistoricalsociety.com[url]

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by retrocool
Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downey Historical Society
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Film Festival!!!

This Thursday Feb. 24 at 7:30 will feature 2 W.C. Fields short films. They will be screened in the John Downey Room at the Barbara Riley Center at Rives at Quill Drive in Downey. For more info call (562) 862-2777 http://www.downeyhistoricalsociety.com Hope to see you there, Retrocool[url][/url]
by retrocool
Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Paul B. Clayton Architect of Johnie's/Harvey's Broiler dies
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Alterations are said to be reversable.

The official historical nomination says that the alterations are reversable. Here is the link to the nomination.

http://www.recentpast.org/types/driveins/johnies.html

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by retrocool
Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Paul B. Clayton Architect of Johnie's/Harvey's Broiler dies
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Paul B. Clayton Architect of Johnie's/Harvey's Broiler dies

Paul. B. Clayton passed away on Feb. 14 sevices will be held Tuesday.

Here is the link to the L.A. Times article.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printeditio ... &cset=true[url]

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by retrocool
Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:33 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downey Historical Society
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Downey Historical Society

The Downey Historical Society holds its general meeting the 4th. Thursday of the month in the John Downey Room of the rec. center at Apollo Park. The meeting startes at 7:30 pm. 562-862-2777
www.downeyhistoricalsociety.com

See ya there,
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by retrocool
Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Ranch school campuses
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Downey Unified Schools

Try the Downey Unified School District. Most of the Downey Schools were built in the 1950's and 60's. Lots of sharp angles and clean lines.
www.dusd.net

Good luck,
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by retrocool
Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:48 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Downey, CA - For Sale Ranch home
Replies: 0
Views: 1346

Downey, CA - For Sale Ranch home

This house is down the street form mine. I believe it is a Molly Pitcher ranch. MOst of the homes in the area were built by a man named Muller, they are all customes with great character and charm. Located on Chaney Ave. Close to Downey Studios. Here is the link. I hope this one works. http://orange...
by retrocool
Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Downey's NEW General Plan
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Downey's NEW General Plan

Last night 1-26-05 Downey passed it's new general plan at a 5-0 vote. It now includes programs and policy for historic and cultural preservation. It also paves the way for an historic ordinance. Here is a link to Downey Planning. Look under Open Space chapter 7. http://www.downeyca.org/city_planning...
by retrocool
Wed Jan 19, 2005 10:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: DEADLINE: Location scout SEEKS 70's HOUSE
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Downey

by retrocool
Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: saving a neighborhood
Replies: 2
Views: 697

HOA

You might want to check and see if there was a Home Owners Association in the area. It may have guidelines for what may be built withen your neighborhood. Another posibility would be to form a new HOA and set up new guidlines. South Pasadena has a website with their guidlines listed. You might start...
by retrocool
Tue Dec 07, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Richard Neutra home in Downey
Replies: 0
Views: 708

Richard Neutra home in Downey

Check out this home. It is a Neutra built in 1937-38. It is located in Downey on 8th st. Here is the link to the house history. The home is is great shape and in a great area.

http://members.aol.com/jongie/downey.html[url][/url]

Have a good one,
Retrocool
by retrocool
Sun Oct 31, 2004 8:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: 50's color palette: MCM -- Please help!
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: Home colors

Sherwin Williams paint offers a modern color palette. Here is the link.
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/diy/col ... efault.asp[url]

Hope this helps,
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by retrocool
Wed Oct 27, 2004 12:18 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Anybody remeber the old Silver Saddle in Downey?
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Thank You!

Retrocool
by retrocool
Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:58 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Anybody remeber the old Silver Saddle in Downey?
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Anybody remeber the old Silver Saddle in Downey?

Just wondering if anyone had any stories or photographs of the Silver Saddle Restaurant in Downey. I have heard it was a great place to go back in the 50's and 60's.

Thanks,
Retrocool
by retrocool
Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: LA County Fair extant
Replies: 5
Views: 1506

Don't know who it is.

I got the idea that it was another owner besides the city, but i'm not sure.

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