The Ultimate House of 1963 – Wesley Peters (Taliesin Associated Architects) – Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Designed by the Taliesin Associated Architects in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, this “Ultimate House” as declared by the Milwaukee Journal, opened in 1963. As you can see below, it still exists today.

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Prinz & Brooks – Hayes Residence – Dallas, TX (1956)

Here’s a gem that was on the Dallas market a year or two ago. This is (was) the Hayes Residence, designed by Harold E. Prinz and LeVere Brooks in 1956. Recently, I discovered some b&w pics taken when the house was new, so I decided to do a little then and now comparison. The b&w photos are by Maynard Parker and are from the Huntington Library. Clicking on the b&w pics will get you a high-res shot and the color ones will take you to my Prinz & Brooks Flickr set to see more.

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Craig Ellwood – South Bay Bank – Manhattan Beach, CA (1957)

South Bay Bank, Manhattan Beach, CA – Designed by Craig Ellwood

South Bay Bank

Designed between 1955 – 56, this would be Ellwood’s first commercial project. This all steel structure consisted of eight inch wide flange columns with concrete blocks infilling. Construction of this earthquake-resistant bank took place between 1957 – 58. The metal grille is made up of standard-size aluminum bars. These were designed to interlock with each other, making welding unnecessary.

South Bay Bank

The bank adheres to Ellwood’s belief that industrial materials could be used for pleasing architectural design.

Here’s how it looks today:

MCM – Hiding in Plain Sight (1) – Mammoth Mountain Inn

This will be an occasional post where we uncover less well-known mid-century buildings that are still functional. What we have here is the Mammoth Mountain Inn located in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This three-story a-frame was designed by Theodore Boutmy and was constructed in the late 1950s. For more pics and info, check out Modernism Rediscovered by Pierluigi Serraino and Julius Shulman.

Mammoth Mountain Inn