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On the Market: A Dreamy ’50s Delight in Thompson’s Woodland

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

text and photos by Lynne Rostochil and the Zillow listing for the house (identified)

If you’ve ever driven through the quiet oasis that is the Thompson’s Woodland neighborhood in NE OKC, you know what a special area of town this is, especially for those who love mid-century modern architecture.  According to an Oklahoman article from 1988:

Long before the state Capitol was built and long before anyone settled in the northeast part of town, Thompson’s Woodland was a grazing farm owned by its namesake, W.J. Thompson, a local banker.  

Thompson leased the land to farmers from the 1930s to the late 1940s.

After Thompson’s death, his children decided to develop the land into a housing addition. To do so, they enlisted the help of William Porter, who was just beginning his real estate career. During the following years, Porter developed the acres into a respected residential area. He built the first seven homes, including his own, which he lived in for 16 years.

Property buyers included World War II veterans who sought a “pastoral setting” in which to build their new homes and lives, said Porter, who now owns Porter Investment Co. with his son Ed Porter.

Most of the individuals acted as their own contractors and custom-built their homes, which accounts for the addition’s varied architectural styles, Porter said.

“There were no building specifications,” Porter said. “Individual homeowners were free to follow their own ideas as long as they complied with city regulations.”

Valued between $65,000 and $150,000, the houses range from English Tudor to Spanish. They sit on acreages dense with oak, redbud and cypress trees and surrounded by rolling hills and paved paths and streets.

Today, the neighborhood is little changed.  People move in and never want to leave, so when a home in Thompson’s Woodland comes on the market, it doesn’t stay there for very long.  A case in point is the lovely, two-owner Hirschi House.

This 1953 stunner was designed by James E. Bignell, who attended OSU and later formed the firm Bignell & Fischer, which is perhaps best known for designing Christ the King Catholic Church in 1961 and the Oil Center in the mid-1970s.  In this home, Bignell created an unusual I-shaped shaped plan — here’s an original model of the home — yes, you heard that right, an ORIGINAL model:

And there are some original blueprints, too:

In 1961, architect Robb W. Moore designed an addition to the house that included a spacious den off of the kitchen and a private mother-in-law suite on the other side of the house that expanded it to its current 2,423 square feet:

Moore was an OU grad who designed the original Sunset Dial Building at 2205 N. Rockwell (the 1961 building behind the less attractive 1967 addition) and Luther Burbank Elementary (now Independence Charter Middle School) in 1959.

So, with the history out of the way, let’s start the tour.  This house is filled with cozy nooks that begin with an interior courtyard that greets visitors at the front door:

Open the front door, and a wood panelled paradise — also known as the formal living room — cheerfully greets you:

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This warm, inviting room with two walls of windows is huge and features a dramatic fireplace topped with clerestory windows that further brighten the space:

Here’s another view of the fireplace with the built-in shelves next to it. Even though the home was built in the ’50s, a time notorious for terrible storage, this home contains shelves and cabinets almost everywhere — no problem finding the perfect spot for your bric a brac here!  And, speaking of that, let’s take a minute to ooh and ahh over the owners’ incredible collection of everything mid-century modern.  Every piece is perfection and feels right at home in this lovely modern environment.

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Did you see that rock floor?  Wowza!  You can follow that little bit of beauty straight into the den and breakfast area:

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Don’t you love all of the windows in this home?  They make for such a comfortable, friendly space, don’t they? And, yes, that is an original Eugene Bavinger painting on the wall.

Off of the den is one of the most exciting features of the home and one that the current owners can take credit for, a giant and thoroughly screened-in living area:

Yes, they constructed the roof around the tree because they didn’t want to take down this bit of living history.  Very nice!  This two-level playroom would be the perfect spot for a summer gathering or lively house concert:

So much fun!  I think I’d spend most cool evenings in this ground-level treehouse enjoying the calming breezes while listening to the chirp, chirp, chirp of singing crickets in the backyard.

Back inside, the kitchen isn’t huge, but it’s laid out so perfectly and has so much storage that you’d never know it:

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Did you notice the aqua boomerang countertops?  Uh-huh, I knew you’d love that detail, and the best part is that they are brand-spankin’-new and are in perfect condition.  The perforated hanging lights in the kitchen (there are two of them) are pretty impressive, too.

Go through a second entrance to the kitchen to enter a L-O-N-G hallway and the bedroom wing of the house:

Love that honey-colored panelling, and there’s storage almost everywhere that there’s not a room.  Speaking of rooms, I love this sweet guest room overlooking the covered patio:

This room next door is pretty great, too:

There’s an all-original bathroom along the hallway…

… and the ample master suite is at the end:

Love those windows and that exposed brick, don’t you?  And the aqua door leads to another original bathroom.  So charming and oh how I love these great sink fixtures:

Going back down the hallway, a pass-through laundry room leads to the mother-in-law suite, which is being used as an office now:

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This would be a great game room or a teenager’s retreat even — it’s such a flexible space that it could be used in a variety of ways.

So, this house is on the market for a very reasonable $259,000.  The owners received a fast offer when it hit the market but the potential buyers had to back out, so their loss is your gain.  If you are looking for a mid-century modern paradise in the heart of the city, you won’t find many better examples than this sweet abode.  Contact listing realtor Gary Hicks at (405) 249-8878 and go check it out!

Recapping the 2017 Oklahoma Modernism Weekend

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil

Thanks to all of you out in Mod Squad land for making this year’s Oklahoma Modernism Weekend such a great success!  Here’s a little photo recap of all of the fun on Friday and Saturday — I’ve “borrowed” some of the photos that I’ve seen on Facebook and will credit the photographers of all images that aren’t mine.

Set up:

FRIDAY

Friday Night Preview:

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Flashback Fashion Show:

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(Elisa Kraemer-Paonessa)

Charles Phoenix:

The original church spotlight used during Charles’ show!

(Jennifer Hopkins)

(Greg Oppel)

(Jennifer Hopkins)

Charles Phoenix had everyone rolling in the aisles with his hilarious Space Age Slideshow!

SATURDAY

Wheel-o-Rama:

(Terri Sadler)

(Jim Jordan)

(Peter De Les Dernier)

Mod Swap:

(Kenny Blackketter)

(Kenny Blackketter)

(Mike Ford)

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Mod Market:

(Joe Jeldy)

Lectures/Church Tour:

The lecture by Garrett Colton about Evel Knievel’s trip to OKC in 1972 was one of the big highlights of the weekend.

Checking out First Christian Church blueprints during the tour.

Nick Leonard and Tim Anderson’s sign presentation was off-the-charts good.

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Afterparty at Space: 20th Century Modern:

(Christopher Charles Fields)

(Christopher Charles Fields)

Next, we will go on the Mod Home Tour!

 

Urban Renewal Authority Annual Report – 1973

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil.  Brochure courtesy of Robyn Arn.

Today, most everyone in OKC is critical of I.M. Pei’s ambitious plan to modernize 528 acres in downtown Oklahoma City.  Nearly 500 buildings, such as the beloved Biltmore Hotel and Baum Building, were demolished before the whole Urban Renewal project finally and thankfully petered out in the late 1970s.  This annual report from 1973 both heralds the advancements associated with the Pei Plan and also foresees that many of the projects would never been funded and completed.  It’s truly a fascinating document and well worth a close read, and I’d like to thank Robyn Arn for sharing this interesting piece of history with the Mod Squad.

Click an image to enlarge it.

 

 

Highlights from the 2017 AIA Tour

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

text and photos by Lynne Rostochil.

Last Saturday, the 16th annual AIA architecture tour took place, and if you missed it, you missed seeing some pretty incredible buildings that ranged from a 1930s Streamline Moderne home to an old automobile building to a brand new school in Edmond.  Here are a few of the highlights:

 

BP Lower 48

Owner: BP Lower 48
Architect: Brian Fitzsimmons, Fitzsimmons Architects
Contractor: Flintco, Inc.
Interior Decorator: Laura Leffler

Located in Automobile Alley, the Pontiac Building remodel was certainly one of the big WOWs of the tour, I thought.

How fun would it be to slide down that ramp?  As for the office space, the combination of wood and glass give it a warm and modern feeling all at the same time:

Just beautiful!

Mason House

Owner: Steve Mason
Architect: ADG
Contractor: Lingo Construction

One of the latest additions to the burgeoning SoSA is the stunning Mason House.  The two story home was designed for comfortable, easy living with jaw-dropping views of downtown.

Bob Moore Auto Group

Owner: Bob Moore Auto Group
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Contractor: Smith and Pickel Construction

For me, the best surprise of the tour was this remarkable remodel of the dealership’s collision center, which was a one-story brick building constructed in 1951.  The architects added a second story to create an open and very modern office space.  This is the first building to be completed in Bob Moore’s new campus.

Vahlberg-White House

Owner: William and Susie White
Architect: Robert Vahlberg
Contractor: White & Associates

The sentimental favorite of the tour was surely this lovely home in the heart of Edgemere Park.  Architect Robert Vahlberg designed the home for his parents in 1937.  Here are a few of the blueprints that were on display during the tour:

A few years ago, the previous owners opened the home to the Mod Squad for a tour, and I’m happy to say that the new owners have added things, like a master bathroom and a pool, that only enhance the beauty of the home, while leaving all of the original goodness alone.

Nepveux House

Owner: Janise Nepveax
Architect: Ken Fitzsimmons, TASK Design
Contractor: Bryan Beavers

It was really refreshing to see a space on the tour that was more modest in scale — from the chatter around me when I toured this one, people could see how they could mod up their own spaces a bit because this was one they could relate to.  I like that.  And how great is this kitchen?

Originally, walls, a closet, and an indoor hot tub broke up the kitchen area, making it dark and choppy.  Now, it’s sheer perfection.

Unfortunately, I volunteered at the refreshment stop for the first part of the tour and missed getting to Edmond to see the last two stops, the Brewer House and Heartland Middle School, but I heard that they both both very popular destinations.  Being at the refreshment stop at the AIA office, I did get a chance to view some of the beautiful images from the OKLAHOMANMADE photography competition, though:

 Good stuff.  And, finally, this particular Architecture Week was especially rewarding because the Okie Mod Squad was awarded the B.H. Prasad Honor Award for our work in bringing awareness to the community about mid-century modern architecture and preservation efforts.  Way to go, Mod Squad!!!

Beautiful Fare for Everybody: The Vahlberg House in American Home Magazine

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil.

The June 1948 issue of American Home magazine features one of my very favorite OKC mid-century modern homes on the cover, the fantastic Vahlberg House in Forest Park.  Here’s what the home looks like now:

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Pretty amazing, aye?  This really is such a stunning home, one that architect Robert Vahlberg designed and built for himself and his family and where they lived for over 50 years.  Have a look at the house when it was new and read the accompanying article:

Vahlberg house American Home mag june 1948

THE ROBERT VAHLBERG’S OKLAHOMA HOUSE … A LOGICAL EXPRESSION OF THEIR OWN WAY OF LIFE

It was hard, those first years of married life in a crowded apartment after the Vahlbergs came back to Oklahoma from the East.  Bob had been studying architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had attained his Master’s Degree.  It was hard for him to convince Jane that, because nothing in the city offered in the way of a home would satisfy him, they should wait until they could build a home of their own.  Jane wanted a home right away.

Bob had definite ideas about the house he wanted to build.  Patiently he explained to Jane that contemporary thinking in architecture is still in a nebulous stage with the average man and woman, but that modern architecture has captured the imagination and creative drive of the young men in the profession — that what the public sometimes regards as merely “daring” is backed by what these architects term “organic certitude.”

The Vahlbergs feel that their home, at last a reality, offers proof of this.  Because the house was designed to have the appearance of springing naturally from its setting, lines and compositions fall easily into place, and it looks valid, not artificial.  Indoors, the unobtrusive colors of the decorative scheme, planned by Jane to accent natural textures, contribute to this effect.

The house is a logical expression of their own way of living.  They like to be informal, relaxed; they like being together.  The open planning fosters this. Even Bob’s workshop corner with its drafting board and desk gives him a degree of privacy without sacrificing family unity.

They love the outdoors, swimming, sailing, horseback riding.  The house, in a country setting, overlooks a ravine.  Its wide expanses of glass across the rear elevation capture sunlight by day, starlight in the evenings.

Maintenance has been made easy by the remarkable unity of the house.  The plan is compact; all the space counts.  Storage space was planned around the family possessions, carefully inventoried, even to the baby buggy.  Small daughter Marcia was given special consideration.  The natural wood finishes do not show finger marks, and small matter what she spills on the floors since they are of concrete.  Kitchen and dining areas are particularly well integrated.

The conception of a house like the Vahlbergs’ is quite new to Oklahoma.  Robert Parks, the builder, says that it constituted an educational process for all workmen involved.  Now he is so sold on it that his plans for the future include one similar to it for his own family.  He and his wife like it from every standpoint.  Vahlberg, with is vigorous, new departure from tradition in architecture, may be pioneering a new housing trend in his own home state.

Vahlberg house American Home mag june 1948 screened in porch

Vahlberg house American Home mag june 1948 playroom

Vahlberg house American Home mag june 1948 dining

Unusual screened porch with slanting side flank bedrooms, adjoins dining area, makes roomy play-run for daughter Marcia.  Study, living, dining, kitchen activities are all emcompassed in large rectangle with minimum divisions.  Oversized fireplace in center of room has two flues, burns 10-foot logs or 2 twin fires.

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Vahlberg house American Home mag june 1948 outside looking in

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House turns its back to road approaches, lies long and low. Roof slopes up toward rear facade which is all glass and screen.  Wooded ravine insures privacy, overhang shields window from sun.

(Article written by Eugenia White, photos by Johnny Melton.)

Saying a Sad Farewell to the Bethany Library

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

text and photos by Lynne Rostochil.

Darn it!  I hate doing posts saying goodbye to the Metro’s mid-century modern buildings, and this is the second one in a row.  This time, we are bidding farewell to the small-but-sweet Bethany Library:

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Designed by Bethany architect and Southern Nazarene University (SNU) art professor, Ray Bowman of Bowman & Nicek, the building’s original design looked like this:

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A few months later, the final design appeared in the Oklahoman:

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Interestingly, Bowman included in his plans the possibility for expanding the library in the future:

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The 8,400 sf building was built in the developing municipal center complex and was constructed for $175,000, which included furnishings and the first 10,000 books.  In addition, the Bethany Kiwanis Club sponsored a book drive that added 15,000 volumes to the new library’s collection.  When the library opened in January 1965, here’s how the interior space was laid out:

bethany library interior layout

Visitors crossed a cute little bridge to get into the building:

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Ray Bowman designed several buildings on the SNU campus, and the long awning jutting out from a simple box was certainly one of his big trademarks.  There are still several examples of this distinctive feature on the university campus:

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Back to the library….

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With suburban sprawl sweeping through Bethany in the ’60s and ’70s, the library soon became one of the city’s busiest, and now the building is woefully inadequate for the heavy demands put upon it.  So, voters passed a $8.18 million bond in 2016 to construct a new building that will be three times larger than the original.  The new building’s 23,000 square feet will be able to accommodate 40 computer terminals (compared to just 11 now) for kids, teens, and adults and meeting space for 250 people.  In addition, there will be study rooms along with a drive-up drop-off window, and the library can grow its collection from 58,000 items to nearly 90,000 with the expansion.  Designed by Dewberry Architects, the new building isn’t horrible at all:

architectural rendering of proposed by Bethany library. A bond election is set for April 5.

While I understand the need for the new building, it will be sad to lose this MCM gem.  Someone please save those breeze blocks!

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Saying a Sad Farewell to the Allied Building

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil.  Vintage photos from the OPUBCO collection at the History Center.  Photo of demolition by Pete Brzycki.  All other photos by Lynne Rostochil.

Ever since the lovely concrete block was removed from the Allied Building (later known as the Salvation Army Building) at NW 63rd and Penn, people have been speculating about the building’s fate.  Would it be reused as offices?  Converted for commercial use?  Well, sadly none of those things happened.  Instead, this beauty, which was designed by Wright & Selby and opened in 1958, is being demolished to be replaced with two buildings and a Starbucks.  Sad, sad.

To pay proper homage to this beloved piece of mid-century modernism, here are a few photos of the building during construction and soon after it was completed:

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Allied building 1959 2012.201.B0961.0073

How sexy was all of that concrete block?  The building remained in its original condition for decades…

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Allied building - Salvation Army - concrete block - Wright & Selby

… until the concrete block was removed in 2014 after the building sold:

Allied Building w/o concrete block

A few weeks ago, heavy equipment was spotted in the parking lot, so I went to take a few last photos of this still-distinguished structure:

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Finally, here’s the building coming down:

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Go to OKCtalk to see the plans for this lot.

Broadcast Station Design in 1940

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil.

You find so much fun stuff on the internet!  Recently, I was wasting an afternoon browsing around and stumbled across this Pick-Ups magazine.  Although it sounds more like a sleazy smut periodical from years gone by, it was actually a publication put out by Western Electric that was “devoted to the development of sound transmission” —

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This issue highlights the winners of a competition to design a 1,000-watt broadcast station.  The winner’s design is featured on the cover; his name was Louis Shulman, and he was an architecture student at New York University:

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Several New York University students won honorable mention awards for the station, but among them was OU’s own Julian Vahlberg.  Here’s his design:

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Yeah, I know, the images could be better.

Julian Vahlberg graduated from OU in 1941 and went on to become a very successful architect in OKC and worked with his brother, Robert, for many years.  Their uncle, Walter, was also an architect, so the love of design ran in their family.  Notable projects of Julian’s include the much-loved and sadly demolished Herold Building and the very space-age Russell Babb Elementary in Harrah.

If you’d like to look at the entire Pick-Ups magazine (it’s really interesting), it’s located on americanradiohistory.com.

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The Plaza Tower Hotel: Designed for the Weary Travelers in Mind

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

by Lynne Rostochil.  Postcard from Lynne’s collection and brochure from Matt Goad’s collection.

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Of all of the mid-century modern treasures we’ve lost in Oklahoma City, I really lament losing the Plaza Tower Hotel the most.  Maybe that’s because I remember driving by it quite a bit when I was a teeny tot and even then appreciating its quirky hexagonal beauty.  Sigh.

I am happy, however, that several images of the hotel remain, and our very own Matt Goad even owns a brochure, which pays homage to the building’s unusual shape in its design, from the hotel’s opening days back in 1960.  I really love it and thought you would, too.  Thanks, Matt, for sharing it!

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Go here to learn more about this lost architectural marvel.

On the Market: A To-Die-For Mid-Mod in Midwest City

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Mod Blog | No Comments

text and photos by Lynne Rostochil

For those of you who are looking for a beautiful mod house that’s in need of a little love, this beauty in the Meadowood addition in Midwest City may be just what you’re looking for.

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Yes, this one is low and sleek and oh so sexy with jaw dropping details that are everywhere inside and out.

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When I say details, I mean things such as this beautifully crafted front door that offers titillating hints of the stunning surprises inside:

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Check out this stunning main living room with gorgeous wood panelling, a dramatic fireplace, and clerestory windows:

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That’s the dining room on the other side of the incredible, one-of-a-kind screen:

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Here’s a detail shot of the wood, tile, and light in this beautiful space:

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It’s surprising to me that this home, which was built in 1961 and is nearly 3,000 sf, has the open flow that today’s home buyer is looking for.  On the other side of the fireplace is a breakfast room/den overlooking the huge back patio on one side and the kitchen on the other:

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One of the most spectacular parts of the home is the all-original and well-appointed kitchen:

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There is SO much cabinet space and storage in this L-shaped space that includes a little desk, two large pantry spaces, and cabinets that carry the same spine-like pattern:

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vollendorf house mwc kitchen cabinet detail

And those pulls!

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Even sexier than those are the original Chambers stove and double ovens:

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You can’t kill a Chambers, so I’m sure that these appliances work as well now as they did when they were freshly installed.  Oh how I love them … almost as much as I love all of the counter space in this beautifully planned kitchen:

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If you aren’t already drooling uncontrollably, this kitchen also contains the much-coveted built-in Nu-Tone appliance center — be still my heart!

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I’ve always wanted one of those babies.  Off the kitchen is the garage, in which the architect thoughtfully added a skylight to brighten up the space — I like:

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This house boasts a true mother-in-law plan with a large bedroom/den on the kitchen side of the house:

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When I tell you there is a lot of storage in this house, I mean it.  There are cabinets, drawers, and built-ins tucked away everywhere, including the closets:

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The bathroom on the MIL side is small but so spunky with pink fixtures and a dark tile that crawls up the walls from the floor:

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How great is that?

On the other side of the living room, the bedroom wing contains two large kids’ bedrooms…

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… and one of the coolest bathroom set-ups I’ve ever seen.  Off of the hall is a pretty fantastic bathroom with a skylight hovering over an amazing shower/tub combo:

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vollendorf house mwc master bathroom tile shower skylight

The tile is SO fantastic — my photos really don’t do it justice at all.  And, the best part is that it’s in great condition!  The vanity area in the bathroom is very spacious, too, with the cabinet pattern from the kitchen repeating itself here:

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A door from this bathroom leads to another vanity area in the master bedroom:

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Yes, those are lights built into the mirror like a backstage dressing room — how great are they?

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Here’s where the cool really comes in.  There’s a separate vanity area, toilet, and shower just for the master bedroom right next to this one (to the left in the photo):

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So, even though it’s a compact master bath setup, the two separate vanity areas make it seem much larger.  As for the master bedroom, it’s a giant space anchored by a pretty outstanding fireplace:

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So dreamy, isn’t it?

Okay, if you haven’t totally fallen in love with this house yet, I think the back patio and yard just might send you over the edge.  Part of the patio is covered, which I would take down and open up to create one great big outdoor space:

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Even with the enclosure, the outdoor patio is gigantic and runs the length of the house:

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As beautiful as this patio is, it’s really not the best part of the backyard.  A rounded staircase leads to an equally huge yard that backs up to a creek, so there is plenty of privacy and space for tots to play, for dogs to run, or even for putting in a pool, which is exactly what I’d do.

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Yes, this is a house that was definitely built for entertaining in a big way!  I believe the original owner was Kenneth H. Flannery, Jr., who was a local builder and one-time president of the OKC Home Builders Association.  He got into some legal trouble with gambling in the mid-’60s and may have left the state — I find no mention of him in the Oklahoman after 1967.  Anyway, he built a beautiful home for himself and his family, and I really hope that a Squadder comes along and saves it from short-sighted flippers.  Priced at a mere $135,000, there is plenty of room in almost any budget to invest money to fix up this mid-century modern palace and make it shine again.  Go here to see the Zillow listing and schedule a tour of this truly unique abode that is begging for someone to rescue it.

If you’re wondering about this Midwest City neighborhood, here’s a little information about it.  Meadowood was developed by Glenn Breeding and Midwest City founder, W.P. Bill Atkinson.

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The neighborhood was professionally planned to be a self-contained community of 1,000 homes on tree-lined, winding streets surrounding an elementary school and near shopping and the local YMCA.

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The developers began selling lots in 1960, and the more modest homes in the neighborhood started in the $13,500 range, which is about $111,000 today.

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Meadowood also contains several streets of grander custom-built homes on much larger lots — this week’s featured house is one of them and is on the prettiest street in the neighborhood, I think.  Here are a few of the homes on Glenoaks:

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Not too shabby, aye?  I drove all around Meadowood, and the homes are all very well maintained — there are some pretty outstanding examples of mid-century modern architecture, too, especially this gem around the corner:

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The sun was in the wrong spot for me to capture this home in all of its glory — here’s a better shot from the tax assessor site:

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Pretty fantastic, aye?  Also, there’s another Vollendorf house in the neighborhood:

meadowood neighborhood mwc vollendorf

meadowood neighborhood mwc vollendorf

It’s not easy to capture the true coolness of this house — here’s another tax assessor shot that shows the home in better detail:

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Here are a few more Meadowood treasures:

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Located just minutes from the hubbub of downtown, Bricktown, and Midtown, Meadowood is a great alternative to pricier parts of town.  Check it out!

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