Architecture Retro Travel 

Mid Century Time Capsule in the Oklahoma Panhandle

Traveling over the holidays, we made a point to stop at the  Cimarron Heritage Center Museum & Information Center in Boise City, Oklahoma.Why you may ask? The primary draw at the time was that it houses the largest collection of dust bowl memorabilia in the United States. With photographs and even some of the amazing dust (really, you have to touch it, it’s fantastic). What we didn’t expect when we got there was the vast collection of mid-century collectibles and architecture. The 1949 Bruce Goff-designed home serves as a greeting…

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Lifestyle 

Raising Retro Kids: Pedal Cars

Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when toy makers took their cue from real cars on the road. At the turn of the century, the cost meant  that these cars were playthings for only wealthy families especially with many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression. No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort. Pedal cars experienced a comeback in the 1950’s to 1960’s with chain-driven models. With postwar prosperity in the 1950’s,…

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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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Guest Post: Home Office Essential – The Eames Office Chair

A home office isn’t an essential space for all homeowners but, for those who get to experience the privilege of working from home, it is nothing short of essential. It just isn’t possible to work effectively at home unless you have a space dedicated to it. Working from home is becoming increasingly prevalent in the 21st century as technology improves and makes it a much more streamlined process, so more and more of us are now dedicating space in our homes to a home office. When it comes to making…

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Architecture 

Mid-Century Photo Friday – Fall home brochure

Some fabulous Fall House plans – for more Mid Century modern house plans, see here. All photos from MidCentArc’s really cool selection of photos. Both photos are found on our Flickr Group – The 1950’s Interior Design and Residential Architecture group with an amazing 2094 members and over 8000 photos! 🙂 (something to do while drinking your morning cup a joe!)

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Sunset Motel

We love personal recommendations for motels – one of the great reasons to stay a place is that you’ve heard positive feedback. This past week, we put a request out on the Route 66 Yahoo group and got some amazing feedback about The Sunset Motel in Moriarty, New Mexico. We “have gotten to know Mike and Debbie Pogue. The Sunset is one of those best kept secrets on Route 66. The Pogues are great people who love to visit with their guests and have many interesting stories to tell about…

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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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