Edward (Ted) Grenzbach – Staude Residence (1960)   Leave a comment

From Wiehle-Carr: Set far back from the street, this superior two-story modern residence was designed for a sculptor (EV Staude) and her husband by one of LA’s premier architects of the post World War 2 period. A working studio at the rear of the property by Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced designer Ted van Fossen had preceded the house, as had the 20′ x 40′ swimming pool near the front, and its garden setting. Flood damage was the impetus for the present owner to embark on a wide-ranging revival of original interior and exterior features and revamping for fittings, finishes, and furnishings of all main rooms and baths.

Staude House - Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles 1960 - Photo: Julius Shulman - Getty Research Institute

Staude House - Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles 1960

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Posted December 30, 2014 by mcarch in General

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Ulrich Franzen – Beattie Residence (1958)   3 comments

Beattie Residence - Rye, New York - 1958

Beattie Residence - Rye, New York - 1958 (Page 1 of 2)

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Posted December 27, 2014 by mcarch in General

Free Neutra!   10 comments

Update – 12/27/14

Richard Neutra, mcarch’s favorite architect, wrote several books delving into his philosophy of architecture. In a nutshell, humans need thoughtfully designed homes that contribute to their quality of life and well-being. The connection with nature was very important to Neutra. The result was not organic architecture, but homes that supplemented their natural environment. Below is the Ohara Residence, a good example of his philosophy.

If you want to read more, one two of Neutra’s books, Survival Through Design and World and Dwelling, are online free at OpenLibrary (you’ll need to sign up to be able to read).

Click here to go to the OpenLibrary

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Posted December 27, 2014 by mcarch in Books, Neutra

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John Lautner – Elrod Residence (1968)   Leave a comment

House & Garden 1969

Elrod Residence - Palm Springs, CA - Built: 1968 (part 1 of 5)

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Posted December 23, 2014 by mcarch in Lautner

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George Matsumoto – Thrower Residence (1962)   Leave a comment

House & Garden 1964

Thrower Residence, Sedgefield, NC, 1962 (Page 1 of 4)

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Posted December 23, 2014 by mcarch in Matsumoto

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Living in Atomville   Leave a comment

Was there ever a more optimistic time in the US of A than the 1950s? Seems like a lot of thought went into the swell future with push-button homes and jet-engined cars (some fly, some don’t) in the garage.  Architect Paul Laszlo had his own vision of living in 2004 as seen from 1954:

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Posted September 30, 2011 by mcarch in General

A Trip to Idlewild (1961)   4 comments

Once upon a time in mid-century USA, airports were neat places to see and experience. Not at all like today where you are subjected to a dreaded, purgatorian visit to the sterile lockdown. That gets you prepared for boarding the winged Greyhound bus…Oh well, I’m just getting wound up now, so let’s take a look at a trip around Idlewild (now Kennedy) Airport in New York back in 1961. These pics were taken by Dimitri Kessel for an article in LIFE magazine about Idlewild. Enjoy!

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Posted September 29, 2011 by mcarch in History

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