When bad things happen to good mods ~ Remuddle of the month!

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When bad things happen to good mods ~ Remuddle of the month!

Postby txmod » Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:16 am

Maybe remuddle of the year. A William Floyd design that won some kind of award back in the early 60's, now Villa d'tacky.


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Postby modfan » Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:22 am

The blurb reads like it was written by an illiterate-lotsa misspelled words and bad grammar.
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Postby Stephen » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:51 am

That's about as pleasing to the eye as walking in on my parents making out.
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Postby johnnyapollo » Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:40 am

Wow! That's really horrible!

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Postby Izzy » Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:50 am

I'm going to try to take a pic of the house being built down the road from us. Our entire neighborhood is blocks and blocks of modest 50's ranchers, with their fair share of add ons and quirks but this is like BOOM 2 or 3 story arched windows with a stucco exterior,, its truly awful. I will have to do a drive by so they don't think I'm casing the joint.

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Postby DFWmidmodfan » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:29 pm

That is beyond tacky...it's tragic! Also deserves a :roll:
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Postby miss kiny » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:22 pm

that caused me to gasp when I opened it. SO sad!

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Postby sumu » Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:05 pm

Lordy, it looks like the dad's house in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'.

Blurf....

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Postby jakabedy » Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:00 pm

A few statues of Roman goddesses in the arches and you've got yourself a great women's health spa, ca. 1972.

Seriously. Who thought this was a good idea?
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"Better Living Through Modernism"

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Postby rockland » Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:32 pm

the landscaping is disappointing. where is the topiary?
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Postby Perks » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:00 pm

Futura Girl! Once again I demand a "puke" emoticon on this website!! :roll:
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Postby MD² » Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:58 pm

Déjà vu?

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fusea ... d=15497853
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Postby SDR » Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:50 am

Izzy -- It's perfectly legal to photograph what you can see from the street. I'd go whole hog: tripod, lights, assistant director, make-up tent, etc etc. Let the world know you're photographing your local monstrosity. If the owner inquires, you're just adding to your album of classy American homes. The rest of the neighborhood will know why you're there !

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Postby markjudep » Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:41 pm

Mother of God!

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Postby kjansma » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:06 pm

There are sooo many things to love about the house. Starting with the front. Is it just a facade? It sure looks like it at the left of the picture. So many elements aren't plain and simple bad taste, they are merely alluding to bad taste. Like the arches on the front that are made with moulding. They couldn't even commit to actual cut-out arches. And, as someone already mentioned, the columns inside fail to even give the illusion as being structurally necessary, since they stop before the ceiling. It's not even a convincing shot at "grandeur".

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Postby Izzy » Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:08 pm

The entry looks like a bathroom... just needs a urinal inset in the wall right there
(are we back on this topic? seems i'm not through with it yet!)

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Postby markjudep » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:36 am

The really scary thing is that the owners are moving. This means another house out there somewhere will fall victim.

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Postby lasquirrel » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:56 am

heck, I'd be bold and tell them WHY you're photographing the house - to show what happens to perfectly beautiful mid century modern homes. Only wish I could be there in support! :x
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Postby texasdago » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:23 pm

It kills me every time I drive by that house... having known Floyd personally, I know he was proud of the design. He won a design award from Practical Builder Magazine for that particular house - it was in decent shape until these owners butchered it. Sad sad sad...

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Postby tallrick » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:38 am

One of the worst places for stuff like this is Miami. The Cuban/Latin American influence of most residents brings out the tacky and tasteless styles of fake arches, fake columns and beige/brown ceramic tiles. In Coral Gables the city discourages modern styles and mandates "metiterranean" as the official style. Because of this I know of a modern home that was "remuddled" in the 80's and again recently, that was built in the late 50's, had a flat concrete roof in multi-levels and had blue Romany clay blocks and stainless steel trim on the edge of the overhangs. The double front doors had center knobs with 8-point star rosettes. In the 80's the pulled the aluminum Miami awning windows and replaced them with black anodized Pino windows. The ribbon windows were removed and arched windows were installed in the formerly blue clay block wall, now covered with slop stucco. A wood truss roof was put over the flat concrete roof.

About two years ago the whole place was redone, because so much of the new work was deterriorating. A new addition was built and fake foam "stone" columns and trim were added. The black 80's windows were replaced with white double-hung ones. I need to take pics of the place it is truly awful on the outside! I can only imagine how ugly it must be on the inside!!
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Postby SDR » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:40 am

Nice descriptions, tallrick. Maybe it's a favor to the stomach that we're spared accompanying photos. . .

Frank Lloyd Wright once said that bad architecture made his teeth ache. He'd need a complete dental makeover after witnessing this debacle !

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Postby Rummer&Coke » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:15 am

The "Grecian Formula" is NOT a good formula for anything other than my greying hair!

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Postby tallrick » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:02 pm

If homes were affordable like they were 40 years ago I would have bought one of those "remuddles" and reversed it back to original, just to show off good taste. I just can't see how anybody considers this ugliness to be beautiful.
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Postby MidCenTujunga » Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:15 am

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Postby SDR » Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:01 am

Bender doesn't understand why this house wouldn't be an admirable example of the Old West tradition of the false front -- he presents these images in support of his thesis:

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He even thinks he sees a similarity of Italianate form and detail in all three examples, old and new.

Bender doesn't get out much. . .


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