Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend Modern Bonanza

With the influx of some fellow regional mid century modern fanatics descending on this weekends 20th Cincinnati Show, it dawned upon me about a week prior that we could put in a little elbow grease and plan a little more fun to go along with the show. Susan & Arlen Rissover of graciously opened the doors of their prominent mid century modern abode Saturday night to local CF3 members; Atlanta Northcrest moddies, including the folks at Home Sweet Split Level (now on the Blog List!), and Indianapolis moddies, including Atomic Indy.

Susan & Arlen's collection of modernism is outstanding and thorough, adding a heavy punctuation mark to the already manicured house. To quote Baz's tweet, "transcending from digital connections to real life handshakes" was a delight for all in attendance. Huge thanks to the Rissovers for their generosity. Wendy made her way around the house to catch a few shots of the house. This is the living space next to the dining and kitchen areas, all part of one large space.

Looking back into the Kitchen.

Susan even made some fab Aalto Savoy cookies.

The PH5 anchors the dining space.

The main family room filled with modern bloggers.

Day 2 we opened our doors to fellow Indianapolis moddies and toured our small inventory of mid century moderns here in our neighborhood Paddock Hills before grabbing some grub at our local MCM Chinese restaurant. Then we ventured on a small driving tour of some Mid Century moderns along our route to 20th Century Cincinnati show. The first photo is of a Woodie Garber designed home in Amberley

We toured through Amberley Village and Wyoming, a couple of suburban hoods spotted with moderns. This second one is in Amberley Village, architect unknown to me.

Beautiful stone work and form on this modern in Amberley Village, architect unknown to me.

Abe Dombar in Amberley Village.

Usonian style Tonkins Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright in Amberley Village. Gotta love the integral glass block and red driveway.

Detail shot of the main entry.

Modern in Amberley Village, architect unknown to me.

Jim Alexander Residence, see here for more on this house in Wyoming.

Modern in Wyoming, architect unknown to me.

Nice California Mid Century Modern in Wyoming. I've been in this house and its amazing and simple, architect unknown to me.

Simple Eichler style modern in Wyoming, architect unknown to me.

Another Wyoming modern, most likely a Dombar.

Modern in Wyoming, architect unknown to me.

Modern in Wyoming, could be a Dombar, but not sure.

Modern in Wyoming, architect unknown to me.

Last but not least another little modern in Wyoming.


  1. Thanks for all that MCM eye candy. Great places. Wish we had more of that in my area. What fun to be at a party with so many MCM enthusiasts.

  2. Thanks for the tour. I was born in Cincinnati, so apparently I come by my mod gene righteously! Trying to talk the hubby into making the trek from Alabama next year.


  3. Chris and Wendy,

    It was so nice meeting you and hanging out in such a wonderful context. We had a great time at the cocktail party and I'm still wiping the drool up from Susan and Arlen's home! Sorry we could not stick around for the home tour...the pictures look amazing. If you ever find your way down to Atlanta, we would love to show you around our neck of the woods.

    Jeff and Jordan
    Home Sweet Split Level

  4. One day, while my son napped in the back seat, I took a relatively haphazard driving tour through Wyoming and the surrounding area to hunt for MCM homes. It was like a (very successful) treasure hunt. I stopped to take note of most of the addresses so I could look them up later to see information about architects and such, but never got around to it. Thanks for posting such great photos! You caught some of my favorites there.