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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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.
- Same research led me to a page on Mid Century Modern architect Ralph Haver who designed schools, churches and the famed Kon Tiki in South Phoenix.
- This 1962 Alabama Mid Century Modern home comes with a koi pond. How cool is that?
- A powerful op-ed piece on what’s at stake if the 1961 Union Carbide Building in New York City falls.
That’s it. Notice all the Mid Century Modern as you drive and walk wherever you are.
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.
Read the Wall Street Journal article here.
A Round up of all things Mid Century Modern:
- If you’ve any of the Disney Pixar’s (Boss Babe, anyone?), you can’t help but notice all of the Mid Century Modern references: automobiles, homes are distinctly 1950s and 60s. Ralph Eggleston talks about that Sunday in Palm Springs’ Modernism Week.
- For Chicago area locals: a few Mid Century Modern chairs are on exhibit at the Richard Driehaus Museum including the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, the Bertoia Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll and Frank Gehry’s Superlight Chair.
- Midwest classic car fans will want to attend the April 27 Evening of Fun and Fortune at the Kokomo Automotive Museum in Indiana.
- Not particularly newsy, but these 1940s/1950s wallpapers? I’d put them on a folding screen so I could take my wall with me wherever I go.
- Frank Lloyd Wright house with 1960s autos parked in front, as photographed by architect John Vinci.
That’s it for now, friends.