March 20, 2020

In 2014 we bought an interesting modern house in Lakeland, Florida designed by local architect James Bruce Spencer. During the course of restoring the 1958 house, I got in touch with the architect himself. Later that summer, Bruce and wife Jeanene (see photo below) visited us, shared their experience of living there and told how he was the 'modern' designer for a well established local architect named A. Wynn Howell.

Howell is known for designing the University Lutheran Church in Gainesville, the Lake Placid Tower...

March 26, 2019

Original B/W Photo by Julius Schulman (© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) Colorized by Tim Hills, 2019

One of the most eye catching and unique house designs to come out of the mid century was a vacation home built for the chairman of Whirlpool (Louis C. Upton) and designed by the architects Paul Schweikher and Winston Elting. Lived in for only two years as a home, it was a house of beautiful contrasts: At once a sprawling fortress and yet transparent and inviting.

The nor...

July 22, 2018

Picture this: A single-story post-and-beam home in California. A property surrounded by fencing to deliver incredible privacy: Your own bakyard oasis. Large glass sliding doors that blend indoor and outdoor environments. Living in an Eichler Home just outside of San Francisco in the 1970s sounds amazing, but it also put residents in a community that was ransacked by the Golden State Killer. Did the design of Eichler homes play a role in these horrific crimes?

By now, it's old news that the so-called Golden State K...

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