The original Mountain Shadows resort, built in 1959 in Scottsdale, had a distinctive Rat Pack appeal. The sprawling building, designed by real estate developer Del Webb, had the largest known swimming pool in Arizona. It attracted Hollywood actors such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, and Robert Stack, among others. They came to enjoy golfing, swimming, and drinking cocktails while listening and dancing to a live orchestra at night in the shadows of the Camelback and Mummy Mountains.
March has come in with a vengeance here in Chicago and the weather promises to be lion-like for a while. But it will all be out like a lamb by month’s end. But Mid Century Modern is forever, right? It doesn’t look like it will go out of style any time soon. Here are some happenings, stories and more that caught my eye recently while doing story research and more this week:
A Modernist house, designed by African-American architect Roger Margerum, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood was sold to a California fan. He plans to rent the place. Air BnB, anyone?
I learned about Modern Phoenix Week while researching the reborn Mountain Shadows for a story. Looks like serious fun.
It’s hard to believe that the Greenbrier, a destination resort opened in 1778 on 10,000 private acres in the foothills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, was briefly used as an army hospital during World War II. German, Japanese, and Italian diplomats were also housed there with their families for a time while awaiting return to their respective countries.
HOTEL FLASHBACK: A SCOTTSDALE MAINSTAY’S RETRO REVAMP By Mary Beth Klatt
When we think about the year 1956, there are a few things that come to mind that truly capture the zeitgeist: Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” entered the music charts, Norma Jeane Mortenson became Marilyn Monroe, and the Hotel Valley Ho opened.
This state-of-the-art medical facility addition was completed in 1961. Its entrance canopy was considered controversial at the time.
by Mary Beth Klatt
For this week’s walk down memory lane, we visit Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb.
Local construction and engineering firm A. Epstein and Sons Inc. was hired in 1959 to expand the general-treatment facility, then a 120-bed medical institution. Over the next six years, the company designed additional floors and enlarged ancillary services, nearly doubling the number of beds to 225.
When the first phase was completed in 1961, a marketing mailer touted the facility’s state-of-the-art technology: a heating and air conditioning system powered by radiant ceiling panels, remote-control television, a bedside-operated audio and visual nurses’ call system; “ … in general, the interiors are pleasing and designed for patient comfort.”