Modern architecture houses

Cermak Plaza in Berwyn, IL has some wild and fun 50s-style outdoor sculptures, some of which move in the wind. Click here to take a virtual tour!

These mass produced structures are from France, built by architect Jean Maneval. They were made of six pieces easy to transport, put together with bolts. used for small office structures. Shown here in a French book entitled "Les années 60 d'Anne Bony". Click here for a pic of one of these structures used as a boat rental office. (source: Jean-Hughes,

"The floors on which you are walking, the gently sloping walls around you, and even the ceilings are made of plastics." This Monsanto house was a demo "house of the future" built by Mass. Institute of Technology (MIT) and Hamilton & Goody Architects. Unfortunately, this was destroyed around 1967.

The Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1946.

Villa Spies (pronounced 'speece') a cliff-hanger home on an isolated coastline of an island called Toro in Sweden, designed by architect Staffan Berglund for Simon Spies, 1969. This spectacular home features a circular dining space which rises out of the ground, Gyro (Eero Aarnio) chairs on top of it. The home features sound-proofed walls, electric shutters, true shag pad floors, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and Joe Colombo chairs and Achille Castiglioni lamps. (source: Wallpaper Jan/Feb 98. Book about this house: "Villa Spies" by Mikael Askergren, published by Eriksson & Ronnefalk Förlag, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996)

Guggenheim Museum in NYC, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956-59. This concrete museum features a unique spiral ramping gallery.

Four photos of the Eames Case Study House for 1949 by Charles Eames, in Santa Monica, CA. This home was a prototype of a modern building, built of standard industrial components. All of the building elements were mass-produced. The walls are mostly steel and glass, with contrast provided by solid panels of red, white, or blue. The bedrooms open onto a mezzanine overlooking the high-ceilinged living room. (first two photos: Masters of Modern Architecture by John Peters, 1958)

Cantilevered modern home by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edward Kaufmann Sr. called Fallingwater, in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. actually from 1936 but way ahead of its time, a very modern home. Sitting over a waterfall deep in the Pennsylvania highlands, it seems to be an integral part of the landscape. Reinforced-concrete cantilever slabs hold the home over the stream and waterfall below. Suspended stairs lead from the living room to the stream. On the third level, terraces open from sleeping quarters. This photo is actually of a scale model

on display at the MOMA in NYC. an interesting display cause you can walk all around it and get a birds eye view of this great architectural work.

Thanksgiving Square in Dallas includes this Chapel of Thanksgiving, designed by Philip Johnson, opened in 1977. fabulous! Click here to go to the Thanksgiving Square home page for more info. but be sure to come back to my site!

Marina City Towers, in Chicago, IL. This multi-use development of reinforced concrete features two 61-story cylindrically shaped apartment towers rising from a platform that conceals amenities and a marina at the riverfront level. Each tower contains at its center a hollow, cylindrically shaped shear wall that rises the full height of the building and breaks out at its roof. Contained within this core are the elevators, fire stairs and support systems of the building (plumbing, electricity, trash chutes, utility rooms, etc.). Surrounding the core at each floor is a circular public corridor giving access to the apartments, which are wedged-shaped in plan. Baths and kitchens hug the narrow end of the apartments' plans, while living and bedroom areas expand outward toward the balconies. As built, the complex contained 896 apartments in the two towers, but condominium owners have sometimes converted several apartments into one.

(source: Michael,

This is the Crystal Chapel model by Bruce Goff. this chapel served as the inspiration for the Air Force Academy's chapel.

LAX Airport, the symbol of Modern Jet Age LA. houses a restaurant called Encounter! (pic source: Matt Hinrichs,

This promotional photo for the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was taken in front of the incredible Encounter restaurant building at LAX airport in Los Angeles. This photo appears in the book Sixty Years of Chevrolet by George H. Dammann, 1972.

A visitor to my web page, Terry, wrote to me about this restaurant: "I grew up in LA and remember vividly when the airport and restaurant were built. In the mid to late sixties(?) I went there for lunch with my parents. My most vivid memory of that day was the waitresses (and they were waitresses back then). They had heavy makeup on with high beehive type hairdos, very tight, royal blue satiny short dresses, the highest spike heels you ever saw and each had a gold sash across their chest (think of Miss America). Funny I can't remember what the sash said on it but I think it was the name of the restaurant, which I also can't remember now. Anyway I thought you would appreciate my fun memory!" (source: Terry Lupton,

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