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Who Designed My Eichler Style Home? Plus some cool retro art
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:17 am
Any info on who designed my house would be great! I have pictures on my website. Also, we are modern metal artist, so looking for fun retro art for your modern home you can check out the gallery!
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:41 am
Baraboo, Wisconsin? My mom is from Baraboo, home of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum Baily Circus!
Beverlee, your particular house design was typical contemporary design for the mid-late '50s all over the country. While it does have that AQJ feel to it, it probably is not. Other AQJ tract homes in the midwest used much more glass.
That's not to say you have a wonderful house. I would like to know more about it. The 1950s were a special time for mail order plans by spectacular architects. A. Quincy Jones, in particular, contributed greatly!
Keep us posted when you find out more. I'll look through my archive as well. You'll find great interest here, at Lotta Living. Many of us are interested in mid-century modern homes!
Welcome to the board!
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 9:41 am
Thanks for posting pics of your house - it is truly fab! I especially like the marble (?) facade around the fireplace. Way cool.
I can see from the pics
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:26 am
Who designed my house?
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 9:52 pm
While I will agree that your house bares a resemblance to the work of A. Quincy Jones......
The previous owners reference to a Missouri architect and the reference to the plans being from a magazine make me think of the work of St. Louis architect, Harris Armstrong. Armstrong did many "show plans" for different magazines in the era your house was built. Eichler and A.Q.J. owners might be familiar with the work that Armstrong did at the USG Research Village in the Chicago area. Armstrong was teamed with Kansas City Builder Donald Drummond, while A.Q.J. worked with Eichler on the early steel house project.
For more on the USG Research Village see this link:
I would not say that your house shows the signature hand of Armstrong, but his style did vary over time!
It might be worth a shot while researching your house.
Keep us posted!
re: harris armstrong
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:19 pm
in response to the previous post, i wanted to make a note about my research into the life and work of harris armstrong, faia.
i'm writing a monograph / biography about armstrong. information related to my research is available on my websites (below).
anyone with information / thoughts / ideas / memories . . ? i'd be very interested to know how you came to know about armstrong and what you think of his work.
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:27 am
Kansas City Builder, Don Drummond is still alive. You should contact him about his experiences with Armstrong. I sent you a private message with my contact info. For more about Don Drummond see this article.
I also have a few obscure articles about Armstrong houses that I have copied out of magazines.
Have you traveled to Chicago area to see the Research Village House? I have thought of going to see it sometime.
I really enjoyed your restoration of the House by Armstrong.
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:42 am
Love your house, but also want to tell you that the art is fantastic!! I love modern art and I have saved your site and hope to purchase soon!!!
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:04 am
My post may be inappropriate to some, but the ONLY other time this poster ever contributed to Lotta Living's forum was to advertise her and her husband's art business. I don't think she cares as much about her house or being a member to this site as she does selling her "art."
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:18 am
you are absolutely right, morbank. They blasted all the forum boards with messages promoting their art and never returned.
Fortunately, this thread was renewed for reasons that have nothing to do with the owners. Nice call.
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:29 am
I had the same thought about the original poster after the owner never returned.
Any thoughts on Harris Armstrong?
Re: Who Designed My Eichler Style Home? Plus some cool retro art
Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:05 am
Wow interesting story. I know I'm late but while doing I saw a similarly styled home. Also enjoyed the added art!