Two Dallas Contemporary Homes - homage to MCM?

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Two Dallas Contemporary Homes - homage to MCM?

Postby clarksdaleplace » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:41 pm

These two houses were an interesting find while driving around the other day. They look like a contemporary take on Mid Century Modern design. Purists will probably be horrified by these structures. I am not so stringent and think that they are impressive - more of an homage to design of the 50's than a post modernist interpretation.
Sorry for the link - my pics are too big for the format here and I don't want to get yelled at for large images:
http://clarksdaleplace.blogspot.com/201 ... sting.html

Check out my new 'Plop Design' as well :)
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Postby FRaC » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:05 pm

that first one is pretty nice! (in a dwell 'wrapped-wood' sort of way..). i like the driveway sloping down to conceal the garage and the simple right-angle brick retaining walls. too often landscape designers get all curvy on you and you get circles and arcs all over the place.

the second one is a little clunky and while i like the metal roof the use of stone feels a little off. i think the way it stops at the second floor railing (is that a railing?) bothers me a bit .. i'd prefer it to be a vertical element that extends past the roofline.

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Postby clarksdaleplace » Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:29 am

Good design is timeless.
And it is timely - that is you can tell it is of a certain era. Bauhaus and MCM design are related tho not the same. There are some 30s deco buildings here in Dallas that are quite rockin and you can tell when they were built.
A square in 1900 is the same as a square in 2001....But a house built in the 50s is going to be different than a house built in 2006 even if that house channels the design elements of the 50s. And I am totally cool with that.
I was interested in how these houses seem to channel MCM elements of design and that I think they did a good job.
Good is good - there are good rap songs and good country western songs but what makes each good isn't the same thing I thnk....
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Postby hood » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:17 am

MCM is just another stylistic name given to a certain period of "Modernism". These are modern homes...are they an homage to 50's modernism? I don't think so, I just think they are modern homes.
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Postby drsiebling » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:18 am

The two homes you posted pictures of are both the work of local architect Cliff Welch and are located about 3 blocks from my house. Welch is an all-around good guy and one hell of an architect. I don't think they are particularly MCM, but he's a definite fan of the style. He's also somewhat famous and won an AIA award for the total restovation he did on his personal MCM home, which was designed by Glenn Allen Galaway in 1953:

http://www.welcharchitecture.com/index. ... 0&s=0&p=12

www.cliffwelcharchitecture.com has some great info on his work.

I think Mr. Welch is much in the same school as Ray Kappe - very similar design aesthetics. I also think that Mr. Welch was influenced by Howard Meyer's homes in Dallas:

http://cosmicool.com/meyer/lipshey/index.html

Notice any similarities?

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Postby Joe » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:16 am

I came across Cliff Welch several years ago. he does great work.

his kessler woods designs caused quite a stir when they emerged too. It's nice to see a built example

http://www.welcharchitecture.com/#a=0&a ... 00&s=0&p=7

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Postby clarksdaleplace » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:36 am

Thanks for the info -- I really like those two houses - we were just driving around so I didn't get to really look at them so we snapped a couple of pics - didnt want to be creeping around someone's home. I'll have to study up when I get the time - work work work - everyone knows the deal.
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Postby tomb » Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:35 am

Love that Welch reno... To be quite honest, I am NOT a purist and that is exactly how I envision our home, someday...
I say "Modern, inspired by the past..."


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