November 7, 2013Amazing Mid Century Modern Architectural Home Ephemera For Sale on eBay
By Sara In AZ
Soooooo, I was scanning eBay for cool stuff to post about on Saturday when I came across this amazeballs auction for some MCM home ephemera….and I just knew I had to do a whole post on this one auction because it is just *that* cool! I mean – ‘Hello, awesome house’…………..
1959 Seattle Mid Century Modern House Plan Ephemera from seller princeleo2k0
From the auction description
Fantastic one-of-a-kind collection of photographs, architect’s plans, brochures, marketing materials, and ephemera for a stunning 1959 mid-century ranch house on Wembley Lane – one of “10 deluxe homes with a heated community swimming pool…on top of scenic Mercer Island with a panoramic view of Lake Washington and Seattle.” Built by E.B. Vaughters and designed by architect Seth M. Fulcher, this house won numerous architectural prizes, including the “Best Home for the Money” Award from American Home Magazine; “Best Model Home” from American Builder Magazine. It was the first split-level house plan to be selected for an Award of Merit in Design in the history of the National Association of Home Builders competition.
This great collection presents a comprehensive record of this home and its design. It features:
- Total of 70 superb photographs of the house with exterior and interior views, the site and neighborhood, customers at the “Open House,” the numerous Award ceremonies, and more. The photos are glossy, professional 8 x 10s; several of the photos have duplicate copies.
- Architect’s blueprint of preliminary studies for the house (24 x 36″).
- Plot Plan and Survey of the lot at SE 46th St. and 86th Ave. (22 x 26″).
- Marketing Brochure, “Best Home for the Money in the Seattle Area,” 15 copies.
- American Home magazine, February 1960, featuring the house on the cover.
- Small marketing pamphlet, 4 copies.
- Award letters and telegrams.
- News clippings.
Clippings and ephemera are in a zippered portfolio. Photos are in the original box. Plans are folded. All are generally in very good condition.
I am guessing this was in the early stages of planning, as no homes are visible but…………….
…….you can see in this Google Maps screen shot that the cool, original, pillars still stand!
Some of the architectural drawings. My dream neighborhood!
Some original brochures.
So cool – it looks like they had cork floors in the bathrooms and Kohler supplied all the bathroom fixtures….Formica in the kitchen……wish I could see pictures of it all!!!
Way to go Mr. Vaughters!
Some more pictures and paperwork. I don’t know about you, but I am completely in love with the fact his promotional signs were shaped like artist’s palettes.
More fabulous pictures.
Ooohhhh, there is the house on the cover of The American Home…..ahhhhhhh, so lovely! You can just barely make out the pool in the small neighborhood photograph beside it.
Here is a satellite shot from Google Maps of the neighborhood, you can see the 10 houses still stand….and there is that heated pool right in the middle!
LOVE that kitchen! Oh man, I wish I had better images of all the pictures!
How glorious is that living room!?
In the Seattle Area ‘Parade of Homes’ Spreadsheet it lists the house below with an asking price, in 1959, of $18,325. The average median income in 1959, according to the US Department of Commerce, was $5,400…..so this house was a mere 3 times the average income. According to the Census Bureau the average income in 2012 was $51,000 and the median home price was $254,000 …that’s a sad 5 times more than the average income. ugh. For kicks I looked this house up on Zillow – the ‘Zestimate’ is now just over $760,000……holy moly…..I think I want to go back and live in 1959!
The spectacular “split- level” back in 1959.
And, from Google Maps, here is the house as it stands today. That paint color does NOT do that house justice….just sayin’. And I SO wish the house wasn’t “growing trees” so that I could see the entire front!
I cannot say 100%, but it does look like (from this Google view) the entire deck has been removed – which is VERY unfortunate….that was such a cool aspect of the house. It also looks like they painted over all of that amazing stone on the front (to the left of the front door). Bummer.
Oh well, I know that not all vintage houses will remain perfect time capsules….I just think this house would really benefit by having some of that ‘retro’ look back. I think this house would really pop if it had some of it’s kitsch back!
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