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 

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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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 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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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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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Sunset Motel

This motel came as a recommendation from two different readers, Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan with the EZ66 guide.  We added it to our stays along Route 66 in New Mexico. This little motel is a bargain, clean, updated (good or bad depending on whether preservation is a priority or modern comforts) and family owned and operated. Most rooms have have a flat screen TV and free wireless access. They serve a small continental breakfast in the office and there are microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers in each room. The…

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Lifestyle 

Review: Pillow Stalk, Mad for Mod Cozy Mystery

We haven’t done book reviews on Mid-Century style yet, but perhaps that’s because we didn’t know “Pillow Stalk” was out there.   Written by Diane Vallere, this book is custom made for Mid-Century fanatics who enjoy a good cozy mystery! Born on the same date, Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local hunky and mysterious detective connects the new crimes to…

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