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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! 

Podcast Episode No. 6: How to Start Modernism Week in Your Town

 

 

Alison King, the founder of Modernism Phoenix, talks about how Modernism Week came to life in Arizona. As she tells it, it started when she and her husband were looking for a Mid Century Modern home to buy. They started an online community which morphed into a Facebook group. Their online group led to Modernism Week. Now others nationally and internationally want to recognize the Mid Century Modern architecture in their cities with their own Modernism Week. 

Listen to King share some tips on how to get started. Get some ideas on how to promote the great Mid Century Modern architectural heritage in your area. 

Share in the comments how you've started a Modernism Day or Week in your town. 

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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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The MidCentury Modern Show: Podcast Episode 2: Matt Amman, Founder of MidCentury Modern Milwaukee

courtesy: Matt Amman

Friends, my second podcast episode is live on iTunes. Tune in here

Matt Amman, founder of MidCentury Modern Facebook group, talks about how Modernism flourished in Wisconsin - the Milwaukee and Madison area, largely thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges. 

Amman himself lives in a MidCentury Modern home himself. Hear him share passion for all things Mid Century Modern, how he and neighbors who also own modernist homes, gather regularly over cocktails. The only things missing from their gatherings are "Mad Men" inspired attire. 

He discusses architect Donald Grieb, who designed the Mitchell Park Domes (1955), one of the largest installations of Modernism in Milwaukee, Eero Saarinen's War Memorial Center (1957) among other notable commercial structures in the city. 

Want to learn more about Mid Century Modernism in Milwaukee? Hear Realtor Lori Foulke talk about how to she and her husband a 1950s MCM home in my premiere podcast...

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Episode 1: Realtor Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Atomic Ranch

Talk about an amazing place for a podcast interview. I got to sit in the light-filled dining room part of Foxpoint, Wisc. Realtor Lori Foulke's 1953 one-level home that she shares with her husband Bill Wood. 

The couple bought the house, designed by University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana alum, architect Howard E. Schroeder. The couple took a 'Reduce, Reuse and Repair' approach to restoring the house to its original appearance. 

What was most helpful was a set of blueprints on the walls on the inside of a front closet. Become a 24/7 member for an exclusive look at blueprints (available soon) to see the details (built-ins and more) on this amazing house. Find the podcast episode on iTunes here. (Released 1/18/19)

 

 

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: North Carolina 1960s beauty, Richard Neutra, Chicago Area Estate Sale

Courtesy: Inside Weather 

  • This 1960s North Carolina residence is such a steal. 
  • Interesting article on whether MidCentury Modern knock-offs on the market now infringe copyrights. 
  • Great Estate sale with lot of MidCentury Modern furnishings this weekend in Glenview, Ill. No typewriters from what I can tell. 
  • Great photo of Richard Neutra house for sale.
  • 1959 Houston home is being advertised as a 'rare opportunity to restore.' It was once part of a local Parade of Homes. Check out that unique slatted screen front. 

That's it have a great MCM week, friends. 

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More Mid Century Modern Homes on the Market: rare 1965 Lake Forest, IL abode with atrium, Mandy Moore's home, Harry Seidler's Legacy

courtesy: Curbed

 Here's your round-up of all homes Mid Century Modern across the ocean and fruited plains:

  • Midwesterners will tell you that they don't get enough sun so it's no surprise that architects try to capture sunshine wherever they can. This 1965 home does just that with this thoughtful atrium, which brings loads of light inside. I can only imagine what the space is like when there's snow falling. Magical. 
  • This 1959 Northridge, Calif. residence is on the market. The place to be if you love palm trees and sunshine everyday. 
  • Not on the market, a the new owner of this Los Angeles Mid Century Modern ranch home respected the wishes of the previous owner to retain as much original detail as possible. 
  • And from Australia, we have a look at Modernist Harry's Seidler's legacy
  • Actress Mandy Moore rescued (with designer help) a Pasadena Mid Century Modern home from a hideous 1990s overhaul. 

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Mid Century Modern Homes on the Market: Richard Neutra, Living in Bob Rummer and more

 

courtesy: Curbed

2019 will be a great year for Mid Century Modern homes on the market. While those in Palm Springs and Hollywood tend to generate the most news, $ and make headlines, there are plenty of overlooked gems particularly in the Mid West.  

  • Richard Neutra isn't known for homes in the Mid West, but rather the West Coast. Here are some homes he designed have been in the news lately. First, there's the San Francisco house that was demolished the city demanded be rebuilt, now there's this 1956 Hollywood House - documented by famed photographer Julius Shulman - that's looking for a buyer. The twist? Buyers must either be content to live in the house or relocate it elsewhere. The residence cannot be demolished.
  • Here's a beautiful 1959 Houston home that's on the market. It's got a pink bathroom, an original stove in the kitchen, the kind of details only a Mid Century Modern aficionado would love. Plus, it's never flooded. 
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Mid Century Modern Homes in The News: Brooklyn, New York and the Best of 2018

courtesy: Brown Harris Stevens

The Museum of Science and Industry has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. putting a man on the moon with a moon room, circa 1968. In keeping with the holiday spirit, it even has a tinsel Christmas tree. But the room won't be around for long, "To The Moon and Back" exhibit ends Jan. 6

Here are some other interesting Midcentury Modern homes with their own spin on that era's decor. These are on the market:  

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Voluntary Heritage Protection for Mid Century Modern Homes - Can It Work?

photo credit: Jeroen Verrecht

That's it for today's round-up of Mid Century Modern homes in the news. Feel free to send me information about newsworthy Mid Century Modern homes in your area. [email protected]

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Millennials Love Mid Century Modern Homes - the Mad Men Influence

photo/Deb Porter Hayes 

The original Mid Century Modern era (approximately1945-1975) is long gone, but this is one era that has legs, according to House Beautiful, beyond Baby Boomer nostalgia. As the original homes get old and more expensive to fix, the demand for new interpretations of the style will grow. (Although the tear-down trend is not fully embraced by Mid Century Modern enthusiasts.)

On that note, here's some news from the Mid Century Modern residential real estate market: 

  • a 1955 New Hampshire home, designed by a disciple of modernist Walter Gropius, is on the market. 
  • The Brady Brunch house (which served for exterior shots for the popular TV series in the 1960s and 1970s) was sold in August, will be renovated. The project will be captured on film for HGTV with members of the original Brady clan on hand.  

Need to pick a seasoned real estate reporter's brain on how to get some press for your Mid Century Modern home? Let me help. ...

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