Tag Archives: mid century modern

Second Holiday Mod of the Moment

1 Dec

Join moderntulsa at our second holiday Mod of the Moment this Sunday, December 5th from 3 – 5 pm at 2882 E. 35th Pl. for cocktails, refreshments, good design, and good conversation with the Modern Tulsa community.

Located in the historic Ranch Acres neighborhood, the home is a mid-century modern ranch that has recently been renovated to preserve its original integrity while introducing contemporary amenities and comforts. This home features terrazzo floors, a designer kitchen, a beautiful fireplace and is currently for sale.

No cost to attend, but an RSVP is appreciated. Refreshments provided.

Sunday, December 5, 2010.
3:00 – 5:00 pm.

2882 E. 35th Pl.

More information and pictures on the house can be found at the listing website.

Questions? Email derek@tulsaarchitecture.com

Living in HIFI Recap

23 Jun

Our first official home tour, Living in HIFI, was a success! Thanks to the homeowners who not only graciously opened their homes to a bunch of strangers but had also obviously worked very hard in preparation. In total we had six homes within the Lortondale subdivision open this summer evening of various condition, taste and flavor. All were a great pleasure to stroll through, examining the original construction as well as the various updates made over the 50+ years of everyday living.

The after party at Dustin Thames home also went very well. An eclectic group stuck around as the sun set and enjoyed delicious grilled burgers, frosty beer and other accoutrement. The evening I feel was very special to many as our collective appreciation for modern design was shared this evening. Reminiscing about what Lortondale had been in its past and what it had become, the mood was very nostalgic yet still forward thinking. Those that were there seemed to share an appreciation for good design, good taste and a recognition of the good life.

A Special thanks to all our sponsors for their donations, the homeowners for opening their homes and everyone who purchased a ticket and attended this event.

Please enjoy this all encompassing photo set. I may try to break these up per home at a later date. I also hope to share specifics as to ticket sales and money raised.

Where is this Modern?

27 Feb

Okay, I dug a little deeper for this weeks installment of “Where is this modern”. This is a gem I spotted off the beaten path. Who can tell me where this beaut is located? Or better yet, who knows anything about this place? Comment away!

Kershner Vacation Home

19 Feb

Frederick Vance Kershner designed this vacation house for himself somewhere near Lake Keystone that was featured in the April 1953 issue of Arts & Architecture magazine. I knew that the Jones House was featured in A&A (more on that later), but I had no idea anything else from Oklahoma was featured, so this was a nice surprise. I had seen photos of the house in a couple of different places, John Brooks Walton’s Many More Historic Tulsa Homes and an exhibit brochure from Philbrook that featured the house, but had not been able to find out much more about the house. Sadly, the magazine did not provide much more information.

First, a little background on Frederick Vance Kershner; he was born in 1904 in McCurtain, Oklahoma (then Indian Territory), he attended Oklahoma A & M (Oklahoma State) and graduated in 1926 at which time he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fountainebleau, France. After returning from France, Kershner worked for Arthur Atkinson where he, along with Joseph Koberling, would help design the Oklahoma Natural Gas Building. He next joined John Duncan Forsyth’s firm and worked on the Marland Mansion in Ponca City. In 1928, he briefly joined Stanley Simmons and Horace Peaslee in Washington, D.C. Returning to Tulsa, Kershner joined the firm of Smith & Senter, where he would help design the Tulsa Fire Alarm Building, Tulsa Municipal Airport Building (demolished), and the Union Bus Depot (demolished). In 1935, he briefly worked for Donald McCormick before starting his own firm. Additionally, Kershner designed the Burtner Fleeger Residence at 2424 E. 29th St. and the Sanditen Residence at 1702 E. 37th St. (one of my favorite houses, located on the corner of 37th & Utica).

Here is the text from the article:

“The site is a 540-acre tract of land overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, in Oklahoma, and the cabin, placed on the highest point, has a sweeping view of the valley. The problem of maintaining a vacation house, which is closed nine months of the year, has determined the materials. The outer shell is three walls of 16-inch thick untrimmed sandstone from the site, with projecting cage of cemesto sheets set on stilts. Insects make unscreened living areas uninhabitable in vacation season, so the porch is designed as part of the house, on the same four-foot module. Glass doors opening living area to porch move on a barn door track. The stone shell, with raised living quarters, is used here because the vacation house is easily victimized by brush fires in the fall. Two upper floors of minimum area have been preferred to a larger partitioned one.”

Anyone have any more information?

Mid Century Modern for Sale in Midtown

29 Apr

tulsa modern for saleThis Mid Century modern home designed by Donald Honn is a rare opportunity. With many original materials and fixtures carefully preserved this home offers a wonderful style of home rarely available at this price. Though similar in architectural style this home is across Yale Ave. from Lortondale subdivision, nearer downtown Tulsa. For more information or a private tour please contact Dustin Thames @ 918.814.9555. $109,000 mid century modern home for sale tulsa

Park Plaza Mid Century

18 Mar

hr369910-13.jpgBeautiful corner lot in Park Plaza, near La Fortune park. Mature trees, mother-in-law plan. Ready to move in.

5817 S Joplin Avenue