When I heard about the bowling stuff pack, the first thing I thought about was building a mid-century modern bowling alley in Oasis Springs. I figure a retro bowling alley gives me full license to go all out kitsch so I went with the most “go big or go home” MCM architectural style that ever existed - Googie. This build has given me a major headache but I’m happy with how it turned out. I’ll show more photos when I start playtesting soon (if anyone is interested, I’ll be sharing this build).
Ann Darling Park Shopping Center Bowling Alley 1950s by J.L. Ordaz Via Flickr: Oh the glorious 1950s color!!!!
On McKee Road in San Jose, California.
I was exploring the OAC website and discovered this great collection of photographs from this photographer Arnold Del Carlo. Here are some of my favorites I found.
I love your blog. Who is your favorite mid-century modern architect and what is your favorite mcm building? Also, are there any lesser known mcm architects/buildings you'd like to see get more attention?
Mid century modern is such an ambiguous term. It includes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century. Many of my favorite architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Aldo van Eyck, Jorn Utzon, Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Bertrand Goldberg, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, and Richard Neutra could be considered MCM architects, for me they are all Modernists.
Lately though some people seem to use the term exclusively for residential and furniture design from the decade after WWII, almost like if the California residential architecture of Neutra was the poster child of the movement.
Here are a couple of my favorite projects from that era: