Lynne Rostochil has put collectively a fantastic stocking-stuffer of a pictorial historical past book on Oklahoma City midcentury modernism.
A part of Arcadia Publishing's "Photos of America" sequence, "Oklahoma City's Mid-Century Modern Architecture" hits the highlights, in addition to some nooks and crannies in the architectural interval of the 1940s to mid-1970s.
My remarks listed below are restricted to her analysis on single-household houses. See The Oklahoman's Enterprise part for a evaluate of the business architecture coated in the book. Listed below are some highlights of her highlights.
First, web page 11: The Kamphoefner Home in Norman, constructed in 1942, designed by Henry Kamphoefner, then appearing chairman of architecture on the College of Oklahoma, later to advertise modernist architecture throughout the South as dean of design at North Carolina State College.
The L-formed houses is open, ethereal, with redwood siding and flagstone mixed with large home windows. Rostochil notes that Frank Lloyd Wright, who visited in 1946, was impressed.
Presumably to avoid wasting a number of strains of house in the book, she does not point out that the house was featured in Pencil Factors journal in 1944, as she does at OKCmod.com.
That is not meant as a dig, however to level out one thing: The bottomless web is thrilling. The worth of her book is that it is a book, and for all its breadth, it is compact. Nice. Cozy even. Books are so midcentury!
Final, web page 127: a subterranean "earth" dwelling by eco-architect Joe Hylton, of Norman, who designed 150 semi-underground and photo voltaic houses.
"Throughout the 1970s, subterranean architecture grew to become well-liked in business, college, and residential design," Rostochil notes. "These 'earth' buildings had been famed for being extraordinarily vitality environment friendly and, particularly in Twister alley, for offering glorious safety towards the all-too-widespread storms in the Sooner State."
In between, Rostochil, a founding member of the Okie Mod Squad, author and photographer, actually has captured the period in footage, phrases and architecture-design heroes and personalities akin to Bruce Goff, Raymond Carter, J. Palmer Boggs, Herb Greene and George Seminoff.
A few of these houses you would possibly know:
• Goff's 1948 Ledbetter Home with its cantilevered discs, and his 1955 Natural Modernist Bavinger Home (RIP) with its 55-foot spiraling helix.
• Robert F. Reed's 1964 Natural Modernist Krogstad Home in Quail Creek.
• Herb Greene's 1964 cut up-stage Cunningham Home in Quail Creek, with its stunning, sweeping, two story wall of home windows and screens hidden in again; Greene visited the house earlier this yr for the primary time in 50 years.
• George Seminoff's 1959 Worldwide-model, 20-by-40-foot, one-room, brick-and-glass field weekend bachelor pad (with a decade of additives and expansions as he married and had a household. It fascinates me due to the story and since a ficus tree grows in the lounge, caught up in one of many expansions.
"Modernism, which eschewed most ornamentation in favor of unpolluted strains, was an particularly good match when positioned towards Oklahoma City's flat, solar-soaked plains and huge, typically mercurial skies," writes Rostochil, whose grandfather R. Duane Conner designed the enduring “egg church” of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at NW 36 and Walker Avenue.
Rostochil's work takes its place alongside two different books in my very own library: "The Bodily Legacy: Buildings of Oklahoma County, 1889-1931," by Bob L. Blackburn, Arn Henderson and Melvena Thurman (Heisch), Southwestern Heritage Press, 1980; and "Historic Photographs of Oklahoma City," by Larry Johnson (Turning Publishing Co., 2007).
"Oklahoma City's Mid-Century Modern Architecture" is an particularly good match amongst pictorial histories of Oklahoma City because it's framed by an architectural period, not simply by time.
Its publication is properly timed for the reward-giving season for anybody in midcentury modern architecture, or this side of the historical past of Oklahoma City's constructed atmosphere.
The book, at $21.99 in paperback, is offered at Full Circle Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Rostochil can be signing copies Saturday on the Okie Mod Squad's Vacation Mod Swap, from eight a.m. to four p.m. at 415 E Hill St.