Thursday, June 26, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #19: Portland, OR

Here's yet another example of L-shaped house, allowing the master bedroom to take full advantage of the back terrace.  Note the curious double staircase down to the basement.  As noted in the article, one entrance was inside and the other outside, leading to a 'sun room with violet-ray lights.'  That's not something every client would ask for, though it does say something about Portland's climate.
Walter Gordon's house appears to be in original condition aside the conversion of the carport into a garage. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #18: Seattle, WA

 This house designed by Paul Hayden Kirk reminds me very much of the houses in Los Angeles designed by Craig Ellwood -- particularly his 1951 case study house #16 (the Salzman House) at 1811 Bel Air Road, right down to the obscure glass fence at the front.

Today the house appears to be in original condition.  Go here to read more about Paul Hayden Kirk.  This article discusses an entire neighborhood in Seattle designed by Kirk and if you search google images you'll find quite a few images of Kirk houses.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #17: Houston, TX

Now isn't this a simple yet practical floorplan? Architect W.W. Crochet could have taken the easy way out and simply provided a backyard like most people expect from a house in the suburbs.  Instead, he pushed the house back and provided a private atrium with an L-shaped dwelling.  One can easily imagine a parent viewing his or her child playing in the courtyard from any point in the house. 
 The house today seems to be in original condition.
In 2008, Houston Mod arranged a tour of three of W.W. Crochet's mid-century modern houses.  One of the three was Crochet's own home he designed for himself and his family, and he was on hand to conduct a tour.  Mr. Crochet died in 2013 at age 85.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #16: Dallas, TX

I've not been able to find any information about architects Fisher and Wright or the location of the house.  There is a Regent Street in Dallas, but not the street number.  Could the street have been renamed?  Is it no longer there?  The only thing that can be construed from this magazine article of 58 years ago is that the house was on a corner lot and faced north.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #15: Oklahoma City, OK

A model of architect R. Duane Cooper's house appeared on the cover of the magazine.
 The stylish diamond shaped roof made the house look as if it were about to take off.

The house had a formal porte-cochère with the entrance hidden behind a glass screen. One can imagine a large party spilling from the entrance patio through the house to the private patio in the back, cocktail glasses tinkling and light jazz playing on the console stereo in the family room.
At first I thought that the house had been torn down, but a satellite view shows the (possibly relatively unaltered) house is merely hidden behind a new stone front.  It's a pity, as of all the architects featured in this 1956 magazine, R. Duane Conner appears to be one of the most celebrated.  I found two different websites honoring him; this set of photos and the website OKC Mod, which for me took ages to load. 

 OKC Mod discusses what might be R. Duane Conner's most interesting house, the Coley house, which seems not to have been altered a great deal.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #14: Phoenix, AZ

 The house appears to have been torn down and replaced with a newer modern house.
The wrap-around terraces must have facilitated very easy flow for entertaining, inside and around the house and possibly into the carport as well.  Once again, the lowly carport can prove a very compatible, useful space if it as well integrated into the structure as this one was.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #13: Lexington, KY

Here's another example in which the owners have resisted turning their carport into a garage.  Though carports may not seem as practical as garages, they can sometimes double as an expanded, covered patio, which can be very handy when throwing large outdoor parties.
According to the Pacific Coast Architectural Database, Carroll Sears Rankin was born in Junction City, KY in 1917.  Even as this article was published, Rankin had apparently already relocated to Palo Alto, CA. He designed the All Saints' Episcopal Church (above) in Watsonville, CA (1962).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #12: Atlanta, GA

 I was unable to find out any additional information about architect Gerald Bilbro.

The house today seems to have held up quite well.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Parade of 1956 Home Plans #11: Wichita, KS

 The only information I've found about architects Mobley and Safely is they designed the Benton Elementary School in Wichita, which opened in 1957.
 Note the trapezoidal bath/shower areas in both bathrooms.
The house appears to have not been altered.