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: 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

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.

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The Mid Century Moderne Weekly: A Round Up

1955 home, Michigan City, Indiana

This is a weekly round-up of all things Mid Century Modern in the news. Houses that have been renovated, demolished. Interesting news about furnishings, the real deal or reproductions. Occasionally related articles that I’ve written (I specialize in writing about historic preservation and architecture).

Here’s the first round-up of news in no particular order:

That’s it. Let me know what you think in the comments.