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George Nelson [Associate Editor]: THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM. Philadelphia: Time, Inc. [Volume 71, number 1, July 1939]. Quarto. Wire spiral binding. Thick printed wrappers. 154 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. The spiral binding is in unusually good condition and does not bind any pages when opened. Interior unmarked and very clean. Grubby covers, thus a very good copy.
8.75 x 11.75 spiral-bound magazine with 154 pages of editorial content showcasing the Architectural and Industrial Design of the American Streamline Moderne Machine Age aesthetic. There are also an excellent assortment of vintage trade advertisements that espouse the depression moderne streamline aesthetic quite nicely. You have been warned.
Features the first in-depth photo essay of the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, MA. After visiting the Gropius House in 1939, Lewis Mumford inscribed the guestbook: “Hail to the most indigenous, the most regional example of the New England home, the New England of a New World!” The houses in Lincoln built by Harvard professors Marcel Breuer, Walter Bognar and James Ford were publicized by modernist cheerleader and all-around bon vivant George Nelson in 1952 as “part of one of the most interesting collections of modern houses in the country.” These Lincoln houses served as ground zero for inspiring multiple generations of architects to expand the precepts of the International Style, adapting them to the postwar American building boom.
Also features a fantastic two-page teaser for the August Forum featuring an architectural overview of the Tennessee Valley Authority beautifully designed by Will Burtin. “Depending on where you sit, TVA stands a a fiendish invasion of private rights or a glorious demonstration of enlightened government . . . “