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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yet More Modernism in the Midwest

 Aurora, Ill.: Second National Bank (1923) by George Grant Elmslie.

 St. Louis: The Jewel Box (1936), also known as the St. Louis Floral Conservatory, by William C. E. Becker. This is said to be the only Art Deco-style greenhouse in the world.

 Plano, Ill.: Dr. Edith Farnsworth House (1950) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

 Racine, Wis.: The S. C. Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater (1964) by Lippincott and Margulies. The theater was built for the Johnson Wax Pavilion at the '64 World's Fair in New York and moved to Racine in 1966.

 Oak Park, Ill.: Arthur Heurtley House (1902) by Frank Lloyd Wright.

 Lincoln, Neb.: State Capitol (1922-32) by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. Fifty feet shorter than the Louisiana State Capitol, it is--at 400-feet--the second tallest statehouse in the country.

 Chicago: Robert W. Roloson Rowhouses (1894) by Frank Lloyd Wright. These four buildings are the only rowhouses Wright ever designed.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago: Crown Hall (1956) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

 Moline, Ill.: John Deere & Company Administration Building (1964) by Eero Saarinen.

 Chicago: Marina City (1962) by Bertrand Goldberg.

 St. Louis: Gateway Arch (1968) by Eero Saarinen.

 Graceland Cemetery, Chicago: Getty Tomb (1890) by Louis Sullivan.

 Very nearby is the grave of Sullivan himself.

 Millennium Park, Chicago: Jay Pritzker Pavilion (2004) by Frank Gehry.

Sioux City, Iowa: Woodbury County Courthouse (1918) by Purcell & Elmslie and William L. Steele. This is the largest Prairie-style building in the world.

The obverse of the business card belonging to Larry D. Clausen of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.
To look at more architecture like this, visit: Modernism in the Midwest & More Modernism in the Midwest

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bakery Fare on Big Apple Business Cards

Obverse of the business card for the Morrone Pastry Shop & Cafe, 1946 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx.

The cherry-topped confection on this card . . .

. . . also appears, in a smaller version, on this card.

The card is from Queens . . .

. . . and here is the same design and photo used on a card for a different bakery in Brooklyn.

Obverse of the business card for the Egidio Pastry Shop, 622 East 187th Street, Bronx.

2348 Arthur Avenue, Bronx.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Modernist Townhouses in Manhattan

242 East 52nd Street: Originally a guest house for Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III, this Miesian townhouse of 1950 eventually served as a crash pad for its architect, Philip Johnson.

 In 1970 architect Paul Rudolph revamped a foregoing carriage house at 101 East 63rd Street into this solemnly refined townhouse for Roy Frowick--the man better known by his middle name, Halston.

Detail of Halston House.

 114 East 70th Street, designed by William Lescaze in 1940.

 A just-completed townhouse at 252 West 75th Street, designed by Michael Zenreich Architects. Bravo!

 176 East 72nd Street, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in 1996.

 Barbarella's pied-à-terre? At 251 East 71st Street around 1975, Plexiglas elliptical-bubble fenestration and stucco supplanted a conventional townhouse façade.

As with a lot of plastic surgery, the outcome is weirdly compelling.

A half dozen of the 11 PoMo-style Solow Townhouses designed by Eli Attia. They were completed in 1989 and are between Second and Third Avenues.

At 130 East 64th Street is the townhouse of Edward Durell Stone, who designed it in 1956.

The townhouse was built four years after Stone designed the American Embassy in Delhi, the first work on which applied, as above, brick grillwork, igniting a mania for the material among other mid-cen architects.

 Here is another townhouse by William Lescaze, this one at 211 East 48th Street and, upon completion in 1934, one of the first exemplars in New York City of the International Style.

 In 1970, bumbling bomb-making subversives unintentionally and completely kablooey'd their lair at 18 West 11th Street. This is its replacement, designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in 1979.
To look at more modern architecture in New York, visit: Mid-Century Manhattan Churches & Off-the-Beaten-Path Modernism in N.Y.C.