A family in Cincinnati is selling their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home for $1.78 million.The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in Gerald Tonkens’ family since 1955 and is described as being in “pristine” shape.
Checked out the blog of a new follower and it is full of superb stuff. Especially recommended for fans of urbanism and public space…
i’m not sure where my love of abandoned buildings comes from. or, syntactically, i’m not sure from where my love of abandoned buildings comes. in any case: i love abandoned buildings.
when i was growing up i used to spend hours and days:
finding abandoned buildings.
breaking into abandoned buildings.
wandering around abandoned buildings.
the abandoned buildings i played in as a child were all relatively old and victorian (which made them even creepier and fantastic). whereas l.a tends to have abandoned mid-century buildings, like this amazing, abandoned hotel. at least i think it’s a hotel. or was a hotel.
now it’s just a big, abandoned, beautiful modern building either waiting to be rescued from entropy or quietly observed by weirdos like me as entropy ravages it further. all the while writing run-on sentences, which i also love.
this particular abandoned building piques and keeps my interest because it clearly as at one point was a brand new building filled with mid century hipsters and swingers doing mid century hipster and swinger things (involving cocktails and lava lamps and prescription medication, one assumes). and now it sits moribund, with great lines and great bones, but moribund.
some buildings (old victorians, etc) seem like they were old when they were new. other buildings (mid century, etc) seem like they were designed to be forever new and futuristic, which makes their inevitable slide into entropic dissolution even more jarring, and strangely beautiful.
like abandoned space stations, almost. which, possibly, this is.
ok, have a nice weekend.
Well, it’s hard to miss that Detroit is still suffering at the hands of Kwame M. Kilpatrick. The humiliation just won’t end. There are, however, still die-hards working their tails off to revitalize the Motor City. Check out this great program at Wayne State University. Who knows, maybe you will be part of the next generation of Detroit Fellows.
This is a great small business success story. First the tomato. No ordinary tomato mind you, the Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomato. It’s amazing what a few seeds and some perseverance can create. Charlie Byles paid off the mortgage to his home and bred one hell of a tomato. Self-sufficient and creative a great example of the American spirit.
Eighty years later the Beekman Boys have created a pasta sauce that uses Mortgage Lifter tomatoes grown on their farm to create a pasta sauce with a mission. (Oh, yeah, and they won a little show called The Amazing Race. Have you heard of it? Well, of course you have!) Not only have the boys invested part of their winnings into their Beekman 1802 line, but they have also purchased a building in their Main Street community where they will feature their Beekman 1802 line of products… and if you can stand it 25% of the profits from the sauce will go to help struggling family farms and hopefully pay off some mortgages in the process and there are plans to expand the line… yes, I’m swooning.
A great win for small business and family farms. I can’t wait to try the sauce! Order your’s here and there is a break for ordering a case, so share!
P.S. Now this isn’t something you hear coming from Monsanto’s corporate office. Just sayin’…
Signs as art! This is a remarkable look at a dying art - but not if these folks have anything to say about it. Forgo the vinyl in favor of something authentic and yes, even tangible.
PS Do you have a favorite sign? Ghost sign, mural, painted car or truck. Post yours in the comments.
Have $50 million to spare? Thank you Mr. Hope and Mr. Lautner - this is truly spectacular!
first off: thanks to palm springs modernism week for organizing a whole bunch of great events last week, and also for asking me to come out and speak with frances anderton at the ace on saturday.
also on saturday i was able to visit the richard neutra ‘miller house’. palm springs is, of course, filled with remarkable mid century architecture, with this house standing as one of the best examples. simple and thoughtful and smart and interesting and practical and understated, it’s mid century desert architecture (as designed by a man born in the mountains of austria, of course) at it’s best.
palm springs fascinates and baffles me. it’s beautiful and it seems like a great place to live, even if it’s a desert furnace that without irrigation is probably incapable of supporting biological life for 2 or 3 months out of the year.
oh, and there are probably much better photographs of this iconic house, but, for better or worse, here are mine.
What’s not to love?!
ok, so there’s an architectural style from the early/mid 20th century that is either called ‘moderne’ or ‘streamline moderne’ or ‘houses that look kind of like grounded ocean liners’.
and l.a has a lot of these ‘streamline moderne houses that look vaguely like ocean liners from 1930’. not enough, as they’re pretty great, but still: a lot, comparitively speaking.
and this one is arguably the prettiest of the bunch.
because it also sort of looks like a corbusier inspired french/parisian house from 1930, but with palm trees sitting in the background (and uninspiring beige houses on either side of it).
also, i’m advertising my ignorance here: i know nothing about this house. i don’t know who designed or built it. nor do i know when it was designed or built. but it’s beautiful. and it looks like like a grounded and amazing ocean liner. albeit a modest/small grounded and amazing ocean liner.
it does sometimes make me sad that when people/developers put up new buildings they rarely seem to aspire to put up beautiful and interesting buildings, but rather throw up (apt choice of words) a handful of generic beige vaguely missionary houses.
i apologize for editorializing, but the world doesn’t really need any more generic beige houses. but the world would benefit from having more houses that look like grounded, futuristic, art deco ocean liners. like this one.
there, i’ve editorialized.
dear developers: please make more houses like this. and fewer generic, beige houses. if possible.
oh, ps. here’s the wikipedia page on ‘streamlined moderne’. oh, and i’m not sure why they tacked the extra ‘e’ on the end of ‘modern’. but it makes it almost impossible to say out loud and not sound really pompous. try it, say ‘moderne’ out loud. see, it’s pretty awkward, huh. like you need a cigarette in a 10” long cigarette holder and noel coward playing in the background.