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Something Else by Jerry Gropp

Postby luther » Wed May 13, 2009 8:02 am

Look here. It seems our own Jerry Gropp designed some houses for the National Concrete Masonry Association back in 1956. Found these on Flickr while looking around.

Do you remember these, Jerry?

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Postby Perks » Wed May 13, 2009 6:06 pm

Way cool! I really like the last one. Simple, clean, yet quite eye-catching.

And, in keeping with the theme of another discussion...by the looks of some of the designs, some of these houses could become some swanky yet affordable modular designs for the prefab market!
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My Concrete Block Designs-

Postby JGropp » Wed May 13, 2009 6:08 pm

Luther- I certainly do remember these. Thanks for posting
them. I've just written a Google Knol on this one. (Below)-
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Postby Joe » Wed May 13, 2009 8:09 pm

whoa, I was looking that those on flickr, but didn't bother to see who designed them. Nice! Out of the same cannon as a smaller, low-cost Cliff May, Anshen+Allen, Palmer & Krisel, Jones & Emmons...

I was thumbing through a 1955 House & Home last night a noticed a nice little post & beam flat-top by Jerry. I'll slap it on the scanner soon.

great stuff!

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Postby Joe » Wed May 13, 2009 9:15 pm

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Jerry, this plan is just brilliant! I favorite so far. please explain the downward stairwell.

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the downward stairwell-

Postby JGropp » Thu May 14, 2009 6:59 am

Joe-
As to "please explain the downward stairwell"-
the Concrete Masonry Association wanted some
of these designs to have big basements which,
of course, took lots & lots of their blocks. Jerry-

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Re: the downward stairwell-

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Postby classic form » Thu May 14, 2009 9:23 am

You don't know what you're missing.

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Postby Perks » Thu May 14, 2009 12:42 pm

We had the exact opposite basement from Joe's when I was a kid; it was the tackiest place imaginable. I wish I had pictures.

My childhood bedroom was in that basement. It was an enormous room, but with only the tiniest of little basement windows, and it had carpet that would make your eyes bleed. I think it was literally audible in its ugliness.

The best part was: the oil-fired furnace was in my closet, so when it was cold (and this was Yakima, Washington, so it did get cold), I'd cower under my blankets terrified of the clanking and banging noises the old furnace made. I was no more comforted by its far-too-frequent decision to malfunction and start belching smoke out as I ran screaming for my life.

And yet I still want a house with a basement.
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Postby Joe » Thu May 14, 2009 1:19 pm

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so Jerry, when we build this design of yours for my vacation house, we'll capture that stairwell space to enlarge both bathrooms :wink:
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dark, dank places-

Postby JGropp » Thu May 14, 2009 1:41 pm

Basements before natural gas heating
were dark, dank places. Oil or coal ht.
becoming a thing of the past brought
finished basements to Americans. We
are on a slab now with our garage as
our above-grade basement/shop. J-

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Postby Perks » Thu May 14, 2009 1:49 pm

Oh yes, the modern basement is so much nicer than the dungeons of yore! (One of the few good things I can say about newer construction.)

Joe, I was in Yakima from 1981-1985. Looks like I just missed you. We lived in Gleed at first, smack dab in the middle of an apple orchard. I can still remember quite vividly the smell of apples and hops wafting through the air; nowhere else in the world do you get that combination!
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Postby johnnyapollo » Fri May 15, 2009 1:57 am

It was the full basement that sold me on my current home...

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Postby tomb » Fri May 15, 2009 2:58 am

So, just out of curiosity, (i am NOT in the market)
Would one be able to still get these plans if they were so inclined to build one of these WONDERFUL designs?
How does that work?

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CB Plans

Postby JGropp » Fri May 15, 2009 6:58 am

As to buying these CB Plans,
they still may be available
from the Concrete Masonry
Association who sold them. J-

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Postby wwilber » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:15 pm

Jerry - came across a summer/fall issue of "New Homes Guide" from 1963, the 25th anniversary issue. It has several examples from you in it too. Would love some first hand commentary on any of these:

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Postby Perks » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:21 pm

Way cool. The 5019 plan is great. I really need to dig through my archives to see if I can find anything else of Jerry's...

Jerry, out of curiosity, do you know how many homes were built from your stock plans? Knowing that stock plans are usually subject to varying degrees of design modification, it would be really interesting to see how some of them came out.
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how many homes?

Postby JGropp » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:36 pm

Perks- As to "Jerry, out of curiosity, do you know how
many homes were built from your stock plans?", I'd like
to know myself. Probably hundreds and hundreds. Jerry

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Thanks-

Postby JGropp » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:39 pm

wwilber- My thanks for finding
these- and posting them. Jerry

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Postby luther » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:48 am

Here are two more by Jerry that I found in a New Homes Guide and posted on Flickr. You can see larger versions by clicking on the links by the pics.


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New Homes Guide-

Postby JGropp » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:02 am

Luther- I'm really grateful to you
for finding these and posting same.

These were very popular designs
at the time, I sold many blueprints
all over the United States.

They remind me how simple and
unaffected Mid-Century Modern was.

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Postby Joe » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:10 am

awesome stuff, Jerry!

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Thanks-

Postby JGropp » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:42 pm

Thanks Joe for the kind words.

When I see what we were able
to do back then, I wonder how
we got off track so badly. Jerry

Here's my latest PI ReaderBlog-
"NorthWest Modern Homes"
(more thoughts on the subject).


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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA PS


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