March 28, 2012 Mid-Century Modern

New Atomic Ranch Book Features Two Goodmans

Atomic Ranch BookLike many of you, Atomic Ranch magazine has helped fuel my passion (dare I say obsession) with all things mid-century.  After their successful first book (Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes), wife and husband duo Michelle Gringeri-Brown and Jim Brown have published their second book, Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors. The book features eight postwar ranch house interiors in-depth, from affordable finishes and furnishings to major additions and remodels. Two homes by Charles Goodman are highlighted: a raised butterfly-roof model in Hollin Hills and an Alcoa Care-free Home near Rochester, N.Y.

Linda Hesh and Eric MargryHollin HillsAtomic Ranch Book II

Linda Hesh and Eric Margry’s Hollin Hills house. All photographs by Jim Brown from Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors by Michelle Gringeri-Brown. Reprint with permission by Gibbs Smith.

The Hollin Hills house, owned by local artists Linda Hesh and Eric Margry, is featured in 22 pages of coverage in the section titled “Artists’ Collective.”  Margry has a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria and specializes in the old world technique of hand engraving. Hesh is also an artist whose work about social issues has been shown extensively locally and nationally. Her art is in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Library of Congress.

Linda Hesh and Eric MargryHollin HillsAtomic Ranch Book II

Hesh and Margry's art collection includes well known local artists, including Dan Steinhilber and Maggie Michael, both of whom are in the Hirshhorn Collection.

The other Goodman design featured is the architect’s Alcoa Care-free Home. Only about two dozen of  thesewere built around the country. Steven Plouffe and Michael Linsner bought the Care-free near Rochester in 2007 and have turned the 1957 home into a state reserved for coffee-table books. It’s so good, it made the cover shown at the top of the post. Buy the book for more “atomic” inspiration.

Steven Plouffe & Michael LinsnerAlcoa HouseRochester New YorkAtomic Ranch Book II

Steven Plouffe and Michael Linsner have kept the original purple color on the outside of their Alcoa Care-free Home by Charles Goodman near Rochester.

Steven Plouffe & Michael Linsner Alcoa House

Period appropriate furnishings inside Steven Plouffe and Michael Linsner's Alcoa Care-free.