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A blog dedicated to the The Mid Century Modern era, approximately 1945-1975. Posts will feature real estate (residential and commercial) designs, fashion and furnishings from that era. Couture Academy projects will be highlighted at least once a month if not more. Enjoy! 

Illinois Alumni: Sheldon Good, Good Deals


Courtesy: Illinois Alumni 

By Mary Beth Klatt

 American country comedienne Minnie Pearl, best known for the hokey dresses and hats she wore with price tags intact, was affiliated with a chain of fried chicken restaurants bearing her name in the early 1970s.

The Southern Illinois chain was all set to open, down to tables fully set with dinnerware, salt and pepper shakers and silverware, when its parent company went bankrupt

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Podcast Episode 7: Updating an Iconic Chicago Mid Century Modern Hotel, the Essex Inn

Chances you know of the Essex Inn in Chicago even if you're never stepped inside the iconic circa. 1961 Mid Century Modern hotel. The hotel's classic "Essex Inn" red neon sign can be seen from the top of the hotel for miles. You've likely seen it while listening to live jazz at Grant Park, felt the spray of water at nearby Buckingham Fountain or even as you walked along Michigan Avenue with your sweetheart after an amazing meal at any of the famed avenue's restaurants. 

The Essex Inn sign continues to shine but now it's now known as the Essex Hotel. The interior has been completely refurbished, the hotel recently reopened to guests. 

The challenge for The Gettys Group - the hotel's interior design firm - was to update the hotel while retaining the Mid Century Modern vibe the inn/hotel was famous for. 

Listen to The Gettys Group's Chris McDonough and Lindsey Pickle share the design challenges and the joy of creating a unique experience for the hotel's guests. 

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Podcast Episode No. 4: Lisa DiChiera, Landmarks Illinois - Saving the Johnson Publishing Test Kitchen

Johnson Publishing Company Test Kitchen
Courtesy: Lee Bey 

Lisa DiChiera
Courtesy: Landmarks Illinois 

How do you save a historic kitchen that's like no other because of its color and design? That's exactly the question that Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation non-profit, found itself grappling with when historic-preservation advocates asked Landmarks for its help to save the kitchen designed by African-American architect John Warren Moutoussamy. Ebony Magazine Editor Charlotte L. Lyons tested meals in this kitchen before adding them to the magazine's monthly feature, “A Date with a Dish.”

Landmarks stepped in when the building was sold for development and the new owner didn't want the kitchen. The nonprofit bought the kitchen, which included the walls and appliances, for $1. Photographer Lee Bey documented the kitchen before volunteers dismantled it. 

The kitchen is now in a storage unit while Landmarks works to find a new owner....

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: San Jose, Calif., Umbrella House, MCM Denver


Courtesy: Sarasota Architectural Association

Here's a round-up of MidCentury Modern design inspirations, residential inspiration and more. 

That's it, friends. Have a very MidCentury Modern weekend. 


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