Preservation Round-Up: Mid-Century Modern Influence Edition

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by David Garber


An Eichler home in Palo Alto, California. (Photo: Flickr user Telstar Logistics)

Mid-Century Modern is a style on the rise. There's something about its clean lines, its intentional and idealized departure from more "traditional" ornament and craft, and the way it pulls you into its era. It has a warm grandma's house plus sleek Jetsons feel, yet is also very Etsy and Mad Men. Some hate, some love, but there's no denying its power and influence in the design world. See what people are saying about it (and more) in today's Preservation Round-Up.

Steve Jobs' Modern Childhood Home May Have Incubated his Design Vision - Inhabitat

"Steve Jobs grew up in a sleepy neighborhood in what was set to become Silicon Valley, in a home designed with simple but strong design elements that spoke to the middle class’ sense of leisure. It turns out that Job’s masterful use of modern design could have been incubated by growing up in that home, which was built by California's Modernist developer Joseph Eichler. The idea is not too far fetched - in Walter Issicason's biography on the design pioneer, Jobs admits "that his appreciation for Eichler homes instilled in him a passion for making nicely designed products for the mass market"."

What Do You Love Most about Mid-Century Modernism? - Apartment Therapy

"Mid-Century Modernism is a style that many Apartment Therapy readers cite as their favorite. But what is it about the mid-century aesthetic that makes it so popular? ... My guess is that most people like how Mid-Century Modernism (aka MCM) is simple and functional but still warm. It's both modern and organic, and doesn't feel either fussy or cookie-cutter. I also see a link between the handcrafted feel of a lot of MCM furniture and today's 'Etsy' aesthetic, which privileges handmade or found unique objects."

Fallen Homes of the Civil War - Garden & Gun

"Lives were not all that was lost during the Civil War. Many of the South’s grand antebellum homes that weren’t burned by Union troops were left to fall into decay. But Nell Dickerson’s new book, Gone: A Photographic Plea for Preservation, manages to capture some of these culturally important structures—and the history held in their eaves."

Moroun spending money on [Detroit's] Central Depot - The Detroit News

"The New York City entrepreneur who promises to find new life for the Michigan Central Depot — the city's most famous ruin — says its billionaire owner has spent millions of dollars this year cleaning up Detroit's former train station."

Inside look at buildings on historic Whiskey RowWHAS11.com

"WHAS11 News got a never before inside look at the empty buildings on the historic Whiskey Row. Preservation-minded developers saved the 150-year-old buildings from the wrecking ball but what they look like inside shows just how much work is ahead." Watch the news story below:

David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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