11/22/2008

Neighboring Neighbors. Alike but Different.

Tour through one of Indy's Mid-Century Modern hoods.

Leisurely renovation pace allows moment to photograph homes. Looking forward to meeting more neighbors and learning more of this neighborhood's history.

Hand in hand we stroll these streets. Coat. Scarf. Gloves. Winter's presence hides no more.

Lets begin.


Architect lives here. Home was renovated beautifully. Artistically. Kitchen features re-issued Formica MCM Boomerangs. Translucent corrugated panels act as privacy screens.


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Homes feature off-center stone walls offering privacy to outdoor patio.


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Red plays boldly with natural limestone. Foliage conceals extent of stone wall.


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On the market. Lobbying for hipster with design eye to purchase and renovate this home. Willing to help with labor. Just saying. Won't you be our neighbor? Call Joe Shoemaker of MacDuff Realty. Note: behind magic beanstalk growth hides brick privacy wall. Have toured this home. In great shape overall.


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House on a hill. Would like to see banister integrated with more architectural symphony. These things shouldn't detract but rather interact.


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Across street from us.


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Reclusive home nicely hidden behind trees.


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Have spotted original ceiling still in play on this one.


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Newly renovated. Just popped up on market last week. Call Joe. Come play with us.


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Like this one. Nice use of modern materials. Note corrugated steel siding on garage wall. Well kept. Will have to meet them soon.


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Nothing clever to say so I say nothing. Another home.


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Interesting home. Picture fails to communicate. House is larger than appears. Hangs off hill into woods. Hope for a tour soon.


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One of my favorites. Looks brand new. Awkward moment followed this photograph. Failed attempt at second shot. Lens greeted by homeowner in window. Robe. Coffee. Friendly smile. Wave. I smiled and waved in return. Decided not to take picture. Kept driving.


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Intrigued by multiple roof lines on this MCM.


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Nothing much to say.


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Happened upon this one at night. Was well lit. Enjoyed daylight view better.


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Very cool home hidden by landscaping. Difficult to photograph. Must leave you only with garage imagery.


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Carport closed off to create extra living space.


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Original owner lives here. Have yet to meet. Look forward to story hour and discovery of this area's history.


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Tour ends back at our place. Spring will bring exterior renovation. Planned: Complete color change, landscaping and slapped-on porch integration.


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What's happened since we last met:

Blog posts have been quiet. You've noticed. I've noticed. Once impressed by rapid progress. Diligence. Tenacity. Project list completion. These things remain, if only on a slightly more human scale. We've begun to shift balance back to equal. Work. Life. Home.

Dishwasher installed. No leaks.

Cabinet doors complete with hardware installed. Images next post.

Still no countertops. Currently in fabrication. Delivery scheduled for Wednesday. Just in time to "host" turkey dinner (conspicuously served in middle of Thursday afternoon). Will be thankful for no-hassle installation.


Cheers,

-Baz

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour! You've inspired me to go MCM-hunting in my own environs. May your countertops be firmly affixed as the bird exits the oven . . .

Ben said...

My wife and I are ecstatic about your neighborhood. Any clues as to where in Indy it is? We're looking for something around the same size, and would love a few pointers.

joe shoemaker said...

Barrett:
Good work. Good documentation. Keep it up. You're on the right track to making a cool neighborhood full of architecturally significant homes THE place to live on the East side.

joe shoemaker
MacDuff Realty Group
joe@macduffrealty.com

baz_mcm said...

Ben,

Sent you an email. Not sure if you got it. Would be happy to show you around. Let me know.

Cheers,

-Baz

baz_mcm said...

Anonymous,

Happy to inspire. What part of the country will you be hunting in? The folks at lottaliving.com can point you toward fertile hunting grounds.

Cheers,

-Baz

baz_mcm said...

Joe,

Thanks for the encouragement. And, the help in finding this place.

-B

Ben said...

Yes, I got your email, and I'll be dropping you a line soon!

Michael said...

Thanks for the photos! I believe I looked at the house across the street from you back in 2005. At the time the interior was too far gone for a less-than-handy man such as myself. How I wish I could have made a go of it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for you blog! We live in Plainfield in a MCM. I want to live in your neighborhood! We're slowly but surely getting into some renovations. Just put on a new roof in August.

Anonymous said...

Think the home you ran from is owned by Eric Anderson of A2 Landscape Design. Cool young couple and budget minded, well designed renovation. You should contact them.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Must be on the east side, I haven't discovered this area yet in my wonderings. Would love to know where so we could do a drive by. My husband designed a shed and fence for our place that incorporated corrugated steel, love the contrast with wood.
http://www.landliving.com/articles/0000000286.aspx
This is an early photo of shed based on design by Edgar Blazona.
Cheers, Kim
kimsue22@yahoo.com

Marsha said...

This made me homesick....

Used to live near Warren Central, then someplace off of Fall Creek (an apartment whose cross street I don't remember).

While the Houston weather is better for my arthritis, I still miss Indiana, especially the season changes. Winter here lasts about 3 weeks, as does fall. Spring goes rapidly from warm to hot!

I probably have driven through your neighborhood. I was with Visiting Nurses for quit a while.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!