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Retro Travel 

Motel Monday – Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington DC

The Capitol Skyline Hotel is a hotel located near the United States Capitol in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Designed by Morris Lapidus, the hotel opened in November 1962 as the Skyline Inn. Morris Lapidus, an architect, primarily known for his Neo-baroque “Miami Modern” hotels constructed in the 1950s and 60s. A Russian immigrant, living in New York, he designed over 1000 buildings during a career spanning more than 50 years. In 2002, the Rubell family (of Studio 54 fame) bought the hotel and did some major renovations to the hotel,…

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Retro Travel 

Catch the sites on Route 66 – Pops, Arcadia OK

We love driving Route 66 and each time we find new sites and fun finds and our favorite on the last trip was Pops in Arcadia Oklahoma. Not only is it a fabulous piece of retro architecture, it’s also a really really fun place to visit! We went at night: A video posted by Mid-century Style Magazine (@midcenturystylemagazine) on Dec 27, 2015 at 7:23pm PST And loved it so much we went back the next day:   Opened in 2007, the restaurant’s structure incorporates a cantilevered truss extending 100 feet…

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Preservation 

The influence of the Atom Bomb on 1950’s America

In surfing around the web, we find some folks who have done a fantastic job of capturing important parts of Mid-Century life. One of our favorites is Uncle Jack’s veryvintagevegas.com and in surfing his site we came across this fantastic online master’s thesis from Monique Gaudin on the topic of the Atomic bomb’s influence on pop culture – both then and now. Besides being packed with fabulous links about atomic culture, the page also has some fabulous videos talking about the culture of Las Vegas during Atomic testing, Tiki culture,…

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Preservation Retro Travel 

Ohio House Motel Chicago – a survivor

Distinguished by its fabulous diamond shaped exterior, the Ohio House is a fabulous example of mid-century architecture right in the middle of downtown Chicago. Other architectural points of interest include the matching suspended sign, held up by a geometric metal grid which is itself reflected in the pattern block fence that runs along Ohio Street. Rough-faced stone walls and a large stainless steel sign on the east facade add to it’s distinctly Chicago Mid-Century design. The architect for the motel was Arthur Salk of Shayman and Salk, who also designed…

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Architecture 

More Grooving around the web – Mid-Century Round up

Because we’re signed up for all the email lists so you don’t have to! 🙂 Preservation: The 40th Annual California Preservation Conference returns to San Diego to celebrate the region’s pivotal role in California’s historic preservation movement. For more information visit the website:  www.californiapreservation.org . More Mid-Century Real Estate news: Thanks to our friend Koop Kooper, we found this little gem that just sold in Australia On Saturday morning, the time-warped four-bedder sold under the hammer for $1,425,000 topping the suburb house median by $25,000. Much of the interior remains…

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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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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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Retro Travel 

The fabulous retro resorts of Wildwood New Jersey!

Our summer trip began with a place so fun and unique that my 12 year old son now counts it as his favorite place ever. Beaches, amusement parks, restaurants, activities and some of the most fantastic Mid-Century Resort Architecture and Googie signs anywhere! Where do you find all of this? New Jersey! The Wildwoods began developing as a resort in the last decade of the 19th century. Of interest to Mid-Century fans is the building boom began in the 1950s, due partially to the construction and completion of the Garden…

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Architecture 

Houses of Spirits

A sampling of Los Angeles midcentury, atomic, and retro liquor stores by new contributor Diane Vallere. Read more about her here. You don’t have to wait until the cocktail hour to appreciate the influence that midcentury modern style had on liquor stores all over the country, but you may want to act quick. The atomic aspect of these houses of spirits can still be seen, but disrepair, changes in management, and retiring business owners are letting these precious gems disappear. Here’s a sampling from Los Angeles: Not sure when this…

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