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Dallas Mods on Display at Upcoming Home Tour

Here's a little news from "south of the border" for all you mod-lovin' Okies.

This weekend there's a home tour in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas. This is the fifth year for this event and most of the homes are Mid-Century Modern. Hours are noon to 5:00 pm on both days and advance tickets are available at area merchants.

White Rock Home Tour
April 24-25, 2010
Dallas, TX

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the event. More information on the homes, sponsors and tour details are available online at www.whiterockhometour.org

If that whets your appetite you might also want to know about the Ju-Nel Homes exhibit at the Dallas Center for Architecture. These homes, designed by Lyle Rowley and Jack Wilson, are considered modernist jewels. This exhibit kicks off in conjunction with the White Rock Lake event because many of the houses on the tour are Ju-Nel homes.

Ju-Nel Homes: Dallas Jewels of Mid-Century Modernism
April 23-May 28, 2010
Dallas Center for Architecture

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Tulsans Enjoy Another Mod Moment

Modern Tulsa's second Mod of the Moment event was quite a treat for the folks that attended.

From curbside the house looked moderately interesting. The only real hint this was a notable mid-mod abode was the carport in lieu of the usual garage. But once inside the magic happened. Small windows and ceiling lights featured butterflies and leaves encased within the glass. Terrazzo floors throughout and an open floorplan made this a worthy stop for this ongoing series of open houses. I've included a few photos to give you an idea of just how cool this house really is.

Mod Moments
The "Mod of the Moment" is a series of open house events showcasing modern and contemporary homes that on the market, or soon will be. These events are a great idea for a number of reasons.

First off, fans of these "unusual" homes get to tour them along with others who appreciate the contemporary aesthetic. It's not just camaraderie though- networking like this is fun and educational…

State Tourism Office Gets Hip

Oklahoma's "official" online persona is pretty dry. Our state's home page could best be described as Welcome to Nineties. Which is an improvement over the previous version, that looked like something created using Windows 3.11.

But our tourism and recreation office has been a refreshing exception to that trend. A recent overhaul of TravelOK.com offers would-be visitors videos, blogs and articles about a variety of unique destinations that await them in the Sooner State. Yes, even Mid-Century Modern.

You know it's gone mainstream when you find an article titled Mid-Century Cool in Oklahoma City on the state travel website.

Seriously, it's a helpful article with a good list of notable buildings in The City.

Center 1 Soiree

How's this for short notice...

March 11, 2010.

Yeah, as in tomorrow.


Click it and it will get bigger. : )

Dallas Round House Violated

It appears that the unique "dome" has been removed. In an article from November 2009 in the Dallas Observer: A Roundhouse Kick to the Round House, the signature iron trellis has been removed.

Jackie and I visited the round house on a recent trip to the Big D (see Letter from Dallas). Unfortunately we weren't able to tour the home, but we did get a chance to see it up close and walk under the wisteria-covered entrance. At the time that visit was a bit of a letdown- now it's suddenly a cherished memory.

Here are some more photos from that visit (click to view full size)...


That huge mound of green is actually the wisteria covering the steel rods that made up the large trellis.


Jackie called this the Hobbit Hole.


"They stole these from the Frankoma House!"

Modern Choices