America’s World’s Fairs: Introducing Modernism to the Masses
U.S. Government Building, Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago 1933-34. Photo by Kauffman & Fabry, Co. Collection of Jim Sweeney.
As the nation was gripped with the Great Depression, the world’s fairs held in six cities across the United States promised a better future for the country replete with cool modern design Read More >
September 29, 2010
Mies’ Mid-Century Modern Condos in Baltimore
I stopped at Modern Capital sponsor Home Anthology on Saturday on the way to the Baltimore Book Festival. I checked out Rob and Nini’s latest finds and got a great tip about a Mies Van der Rohe-designed condo building just north of Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. I had never Read More >
September 27, 2010
Empire State Plaza: Wallace Harrison’s Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece
Our country’s own mini version of the the grand Brasilia can be found in a city–Albany–with a very different climate than the capital of Brazil, which was designed by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Empire State Plaza in the capital city of New York was designed by Read More >
September 19, 2010
Home Anthology Fall Open House This Weekend
Some of the new finds that will be on display at Home Anthology’s Fall Open House this weekend.
Rob and Nini at Home Anthology have been on the road and have scored more than 75 new mid-century modern pieces for your viewing and buying pleasure. You can see all their Read More >
September 16, 2010
A Mid-Century Modern Summer Road Trip
Summer time is for road trips. Cycling. Swimming. And eating lots of ice cream. In my book, seeing mid-century modern architecture is definitely part of the mix as well. So on the family’s recent trek north to Vermont and New Hampshire, we made sure to include some mid-century modern sightseeing Read More >
September 15, 2010
DCPL Preservation Conference to Explore Mid-Century Modern Issues
A detail of the 1972 AIA headquarters designed by TAC. Photo by Greg Braun.
Two panels during the D.C. Preservation League’s upcoming 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference will focus on preserving mid-century modern buildings in the city. The concurrent sessions on Friday, Sept. 24, are entitled “Preservation and Public Opinion” and Read More >
September 14, 2010
Modern Snapshot: Gropius-Designed House in Lake Barcroft
The Walter Gropius-designed house in Lake Barcroft. Photos by Michael Cook.
In my post yesterday, I mentioned a house in Lake Barcroft by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Col. Joseph Barger, the developer of Lake Barcroft, bought the 135-acre lake and surrounding 566 aces for $1 million in 1950. In an effort to Read More >
September 1, 2010