Preservation 

Century 21 domed theater is worthy of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

We’ve written about the endangered domed theaters in California in the past, and a small victory was won this April by the State Historical Resources Commission agreed that the former Century 21 theater in San Jose is worthy of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In an article from the Eichler Network, the owner of the Century 21, however, has opposed the listing and wants to tear the dome down. Being named to the National Register doesn’t guarantee that the building won’t be destroyed, although it can…

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Preservation 

Futuro Houses

After having this picture (on the right) go viral on our Facebook page,  we decided to conduct further investigation into their history. There are several sites dedicated to tracking the whereabouts of current houses as well as the history of them. Here’s what we found in brief: The Futuro, or Futuro House, is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen made in the late 60’s and 70’s. Completely furnished and could accommodate 8 people, it was originally designed as a “portable” ski chalet. It was constructed entirely out of reinforced…

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Architecture Preservation 

Save the Houston Astrodome

The Houston Astrodome was designed by architects Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson. The world’s first indoor, air conditioned stadium. The home of Astroturf. An architecture icon known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” On Opening Day, April 9, 1965, a sold-out crowd of 47,879 watched an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird were in attendance, as well as Texas Governor John Connally and Houston Mayor Louie Welch. Governor Connally…

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Architecture Preservation 

Preserving the iconic gas station in your area

There is almost nothing as iconic as the Mid-Century Gas station. Once placed obviously along the road to attract weary travelers and to feed the gas to move along the road, now quite a few of the most wonderful architecturally stand empty and deserted. This particular gas station in my area got me thinking about preservation of these great structures! This former Phillips 66 gas station, displays the quintessential stylized box design. Its space age canopy is visible as you approach far down the road This fantastic and in-depth article…

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Architecture Preservation 

Dome Theaters in San Jose in danger!

In danger of demolition are the Winchester Theaters, a group of dome-shaped movie theaters which opened nearly 50 years ago showing It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World  to herald both the space age and new cinema. The buildings—originally called the Century Theaters—were the first theaters of their kind. Designed by San Francisco architect Vincent Raney and opened between 1964 and 1966 to accommodate a new widescreen technology called Cinerama that was developed to help theaters distinguish themselves from television, The Century Theaters are a cultural symbol of postwar prosperity for…

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Architecture Preservation 

The Ultimate in Mid-Century cool – a cold war bomb shelter!

Need to get away from it all?   Wish we could all be transported back to the days of “duck and cover”? Here’s a way to own your very own Cold War Era Atomic Bomb Shelter in Fort Pierce, Florida. The structure, built in 1967, was built during the Cold War, to “withstand the big blast” and operated as a former AT&T communications Bunker. It’s construction was prompted by the Cuban Missile Crisis and the telephone company planned to use the shelter in the case of attack to house those personnel…

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Architecture Preservation 

Pasadena Heritage presents Pasadena 1940 Forward

This spring, Pasadena Heritage will offer unique programs in a Getty-initiated celebration of the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at cultural institutions in and around L.A. A leading historic preservation organization founded in 1977, Pasadena Heritage will host a three-part lecture and panel discussion on May 16 and an architectural tour of modern-era homes on May 19. Oral histories will also be recorded and published. Modern Architecture in L.A. is a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous…

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A Route 66 Preservation Project needs help

From the “Save the Boots Motel Facebook page” The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Grant Program awarded the historic Boots Motel owners in Carthage, MO. a matching grant in 2012 to remove the 1978 roof addition and restore the structure to it’s original appearance, and qualify this venerable Route 66 Icon’s placement on the National Register of Historical Places. The “Raze the Roof” fundraising effort is underway and the Volunteer event to remove the roofs is scheduled for March 23-24. The roof must be removed by paid workers only,…

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Lifestyle Preservation 

Drivelapse Route 66

Totally awesome and worth the watch – makes me want to hop in the car for our next trip! This Timelapse / Drivelapse video shows the Defrees Productions road trip down the entire length of Route 66 (The Mother Road) from Chicago to Los Angeles in August 2012. USA Route 66 Cross Country Road Trip Map, Data, Summary, Photos, Equipment Used: Uncut full length version and the DeFrees Productions Website

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