Wall Street Journal: Mansion: Real Estate Redux: A Shipping Magnate’s Southern Manse

Calhoun Mansion

A Shipping Magnate’s Southern Manse

In Charleston, S.C., the Calhoun Mansion has a riches-to-rags past; now restored, its value today is …

In the 1850s, shipping merchant George Walton Williams spent $40,000 to purchase adjacent three lots in the Charleston, S.C., neighborhood now known as South of Broad. Years later—with the city rising from the ashes of the Civil War—he hired architect William P. Russell to design a 24,000-square-foot, 35-room manor, which cost another $200,000 to build.

The house, completed in 1876, was the first area residence with indoor plumbing. All rooms have 14-foot ceilings, ornate moldings and chandeliers with art and lighting by…

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Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco firms Architectural Resources Group and BraytonHughes Design Studios collaborated on the $7 million renovation.

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Mid Century Modern Round Up: Saving Palm Springs Mid Century Modern and more

Mid Century Modern continues to be in the news:

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Mid Century Modern: Flashback Friday: Mountain Shadows, Scottsdale, AZ

By Mary Beth Klatt

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.

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Mid Century Modernism: Weekly Round Up: Phoenix, New York City, Chicago

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:

That’s it. Notice all the Mid Century Modern as you drive and walk wherever you are.

Flashback Friday: Real Estate Redux: Schleier Mansion, Denver, Co

Denver went from frontier town to mountain metropolis in the 1880s, as hopeful arrivals sought to profit from the booming mining industry.

The relatively stable silver industry offered the fortune-hunters wide opportunities. Those who succeeded settled in and hired architects to design homes that reflected their newfound wealth.

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Mid Century Modern: Flashback Friday: HD Talks: A Colorful Makeover For A West Virginia Resort

By Mary Beth Klatt

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.

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Mid Century Modern: Flashback Friday: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ

Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ

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.

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Mid Century Modern: Flashback Friday: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (courtesy Epstein Global)

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.”

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This story originally appeared in Hospitals & Health Networks, May 21, 2015: