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Living-Conditioned Homes - History?

Postby pinetree » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:05 am

I'm familiar with the "Living Conditioned Homes" tract in Northridge, and wondering if anyone has any information about the "Living Conditioned Homes "project in general.

I've recently found a newspaper clipping advertising something called a "Hotpoint Golden Anniversary Living-Conditioned Home" in Sacramento, CA. Built around 1955, it appears to be standing, although badly neglected and in not one of the best neighborhoods.

Was this a nationwide or statewide program with major goals or sponsors (Hotpoint appliances?), or is this example in Sacramento perhaps just named the same out of chance?

Thanks for your help!

edit:
Here's a microfiché copy of the clipping mentioned:

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edit again:
changed the original build date from 1953 to 1955. I must have mis-labled the clipping, because the ad carries the Hotpoint 50th Anniversary label, 1905-1955.
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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:40 pm

have you found these homes yet? How many? great plan and elevation. I'd like to know who the architect was.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:30 pm

Don, Fred's brother and partner with William Wurster.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:34 pm

You might look in some 1953-54 House+Home magazines for ads, articles, or news about them. The may be part of a larger program, like the House The Home Built.

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Postby pinetree » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:59 pm

Joe, thanks for the tip on Don Emmons. For some reason, I didn't even think to search for him, thinking he was his more famous(?) brother.

However, a search for Don led to this pic from a 1955 LIFE magazine image courtesy Google Book Search:

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Looks like the plan and rendering line up.
Nice looking pad indeed!

So, how was this home related to the Northridge "Living-Conditioned" homes, if at all?

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Including Builders and Locations of Hotpoint Living Conditioned Homes

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:43 pm

that's an impressive list. I see Stern & Price built some in Cupertino. they built tracts for Cliff May and Anshen+Allen.

As for the plan, I would flip the house around, placing the living room and master bdrm at the rear. I am sure that was planned for in larger tracts.

this house almost reminds me of a seattle house someone posted here a few years back which we could never figure out who designed it.

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Postby pinetree » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:06 pm

I believe now that the "Living-Conditioned" homes were partnerships between the magazine "LIVING for Young Homemakers" and GE / Hotpoint & Westinghouse. The "Living" references the magazine and "conditioning", LIVING's manifesto about how the home should be.

As the "California Research / Hotpoint / Living-Conditioned Home" in Sacramento, CA stands now:
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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:58 pm

I may have one across the street from me. I'll check it out more

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Postby nichols » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:14 pm

Previous discussion on Living Conditioned Homes

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=13334

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Postby Perks » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:01 pm

Aha! So this is why my Flickr set of the Northridge Living Conditioned brochure (courtesy of Sparklegem) has suddenly been getting a zillion hits in the past few days... :wink: I've linked it before, and I presume Pinetree has already found it, but .

Interesting that Hotpoint was involved in the original "Living Conditioned" program. By the time it reached Northridge, LIVING for Young Homemakers was (still) involved, but Westinghouse I believe supplied all of the appliances in that tract (as well as my own, which was built by the same builder at the same time). Still seemed to extoll the benefits of electric appliances, since LA Department of Water & Power (who obviously supplies electricity, but who has never been involved in gas) co-sponsored the Northridge project.

Random fact: incidentally, there is/was a developer in Florida also named "Living-Conditioned Homes," who seems to be totally unrelated to the original program.

Edit: Evidently one of the original Living-Conditioned homes in Knoxville is in the nomination process for registration with the . You can't get a really fantastic Bing or Google Streets view of the place, but there are some nice floor and site plan layouts toward the end of the application document. This will be considered on by the Tennessee historical review board.

Edit again: Links to a few other homes in Seattle that seem to be affiliated...
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/ ... OX=1&REC=8
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/ ... OX=1&REC=3
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/ ... OX=1&REC=6
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/ ... OX=1&REC=7
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Postby pinetree » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:03 pm

Hi Perks, thanks for scanning and sharing the brochure, and yes that was probably me rummaging around your flickr bin.

Here's the Knoxville house referenced in the Historic Places registration, I think:

"Southern Prize Home" by Bruce McCarty, AIA, Knoxville
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And 2 others from the same Hotpoint advertisement of the program in LIFE, May 2, 1955:

"Midwest Prize Home" by Norman Nagle, AIA, Minneapolis
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"Eastern Prize Home" by Stanley Reese, AIA, New York
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So, that makes 4 Hotpoint Home plans, one for each geographical region of the States.[/img]
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Postby Perks » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:03 pm

That does indeed appear to be the Knoxville house. It's easier to recognize as such having seen the intended facade; the pitched roof with the slatted wood siding looked a bit too traditional at first, but it definitely clicks now. The original carport seems to have been filled in and the driveway adjusted to the side a bit to accommodate a new carport.

I'm totally in love with Norman Nagle's Minneapolis design. That's one sharp-looking pad!
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Postby Joe » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:32 pm

that Nagle house looks familiar. I think we need a book on architect designed homes sponsored by magazines!

the Kirk homes are great. Might be photos of them in the Jones & Emmons book... I'll check

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Postby pinetree » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:09 am

Perks, here's more on the Norman Nagle design!

From House+Home, Oct 1956
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