Multcolib Research Picks: Modern houses
Annotation:Modern house forms examined in detail, and in comparison with one another: bungalows, prefab tract houses, houses designed to meld with their environments and houses that stand out.
Annotation:A little history is a good thing, if you ask me -- to get some context for the modern home trends of the mid-century years, take a look at this collection of elegant house designs in the art deco, moderne and Bauhaus traditions of the 1930s.
Annotation:These simple, affordable designs are typical of the thousands of houses built in the Portland area during the housing boom of the 1940s. Most of the houses shown in this book are far more down-to-earth than glamorous or space-age, but they definitely have a modern tone with practical floorplans, modern conveniences, simple lines, and a minimum of decorative fuss.
Annotation:“How well does a well-designed contemporary house wear?” In 1961, Thomas Creighton and Katherine Ford asked homeowners to evaluate their own residences. They considered questions like: How does it feel to live in the house? What is it like when we have a big party? Is there a good space for the kids to play? How easy is it to keep clean?
Annotation:Starting in 1945, Arts and Architecture magazine asked a series of renowned architects to design low-cost, experimental prototype houses for their Case Study House Program. This book profiles all 28 Case Study houses (and two apartments!) with historical photos and drawings.
Annotation:The California houses built and promoted by developer Joseph Eichler were the inspiration for our own region’s Rummer houses. This introduction to Eichler’s houses is full of beautiful photographs and interesting historical details.
Annotation:A photo survey of ranch houses built across California, Arizona, and Texas from 1935 through 1968 -- with interior, exterior, and garden photographs of each house. (But, unfortunately, no floorplans.)
Annotation:Among other things, this site collects house plan books which were originally published 1937-1963. These plan books show illustrations of house facades, floor plans, and occasional interior or garden views.
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Mid-century modern house history enthusiasts, this list is for you! These books (and one website) will get you started researching modern residential architects, design features, interior design trends, and more. - Emily-Jane D.