Preservation 

Grooving around the web – a Mid-Century Round up

One of the things we love most about Facebook is seeing all the cool things happening around the Internet – we thought our blog subscribers would love visiting some of these articles too, so we’re going to try to give you the highlights at least a few times a month! Our picks for this week!: Preservation: Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center is endangered. Goshen, N.Y. lawyers are taking a final stab at saving an archetype of midcentury modernist architecture.  Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government center is in the final phases…

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Architecture Preservation 

Googie and neon sign preservation and museums

One of our favorite mid-century things are Googie signs. There are plenty of photos out there, but one thing is certain and it’s that they’re a dying breed and ripe for preservation efforts. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Googie” architecture, approximately from 1950-1970, is a futuristic or ultramodern derivative of art moderne and International Style architecture, originating in California in the late 1940s. While using the materials and design vocabulary of other contemporary styles, its jaunty forms and bold streamlining evoked a highly optimistic aspiration to an…

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Lifestyle 

Our favorite retro television holiday specials

A Facebook post reminded us that some of our favorite holiday specials were released in the 1960’s. We thought we’d walk you down memory lane with us: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer is a long-running Christmas television special produced in stop-motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It originally aired on NBC on December 6, 1964, and is now the world’s longest-running and highest-rated television special of all time. Fun fact from IMDB: When the film was first released, in 1964, the technology of using an articulated metal armature inside…

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Retro Travel 

The Historic Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba MO

If you find yourself in the middle of Missouri – you’re going to want to make sure that Cuba Missouri is a stop on your trip! With it’s retro murals and almost Disneylike feel, Cuba is Americana at it’s finest. And it’s here that you find one of the best kept motels along Route 66. The Wagon Wheel Motel, Cafe and Station in Cuba with it’s iconic sign  still offers travelers a comfortable and picturesque place to stay after nearly three quarters of a century. The Wagon Wheel Motel started…

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Interior Design 

Fabulous acrylic Modern Christmas Trees

Matt Bliss, has been selling acrylic Modern Christmas Trees based on his grandfather Bud’s mid-1960s design since 2011.   The trees feature a sleek design and fabulous reflective decorative elements.  They are a great holiday decorative element for people who live in modern homes or sleek apartments or who simply want something different and with a creative sleek look. Modern Christmas Tree designer, architect, and engineer Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker spent the majority of his professional life building A-frame modern homes in the Rocky Mountains. The Christmas tree he designed was a…

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Retro Travel 

The Historic Boots Motel, Carthage, MO

If you’ve been a regular reader, you probably remember our articles in 2011 about saving The Boots Motel in Carthage Missouri. Save the Boots Motel In 2011 the bank put the property on the market, and it was snapped up by the current owners, sisters, Debye Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw. Fans of old Route 66, they had been talking about purchasing a motel and running it as part of their retirement plan. Update on the Boots Motel – Saved On the exterior, in 2012-2013, they raised money to removed the…

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Preservation 

Newton Iowa, a midcentury historic downtown

The Newton Downtown Historic District has been entered in to the National Register of Historic Places, effective September 22, 2014. In 2009, the Newton Historic preservation committee looked within the proposed district of 87 properties. Fred Chabot, chairman of the historic preservation committee, said they began by researching the history of those buildings for the required site inventory forms. The committee’s research showed the best way to move forward was to pitch downtown’s mid-century architectural aesthetic, which was influenced by the success of the Maytag Company and the city’s preparation for…

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Architecture Landscape Design 

A Modernist Patio for a Traditional Home

Ted Cleary, ASLA, of Studio Cleary Landscape Architecture continues his contributions on midcentury modern garden design, here with the first of his “Case Study Gardens”.  MCM enthusiasts will be familiar with Arts & Architecture magazine’s legendary design feature known as the “Case Study House Program”.  From its inception near the war’s end in 1945, through 1966, the CSH Program showcased innovative modernist designs, many of them modest, others more grand, meant to address the postwar housing needs of the typical American family. Like the CSH examples, some unbuilt, others still existing,…

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Interior Design 

Mad for Mod color winners!

Behold the Mad for Mod Capsule Collection that will appear in the pages of WITH VICS YOU GET EGGROLL! This was NOT an easy decision. Here’s how I decided: First: I felt like the colors had to be names that fit with Madison Night, the character. Several of these were very clever, but didn’t feel like her Second: I instantly loved “Beach Party” and “Lemon Twist.” This set the standard for 2-word names that don’t include the actual name of the color. Since neither of these used alliteration, I wanted to…

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