ARCHITECTURAL FORUM January 1941. Residences by Paul Laszlo, Winston Elting, Walter Bogner & FSA Housing

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George Nelson [Associate Editor]

George Nelson (Associate editor): THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM. Philadelphia: Time, Inc. [Volume 72, number 1,  January 1941]. A very good vintage magazine with wire spiral binding and minor shelf wear including lightly dusty covers and a bumped lower spine. The spiral binding is in unusually good condition and does not bind any pages when opened. A nice copy thus. Interior unmarked and clean. Out of print.

8.75 x 11.75 spiral-bound magazine with 140 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.

  • HOUSES:   Additional case histories in the small house series, Interior-exterior photography; floor plans; critical comment; cost data; construction outlines. HOUSES - House in Lincoln, Mass., Walter F. Bogner, Architect; House in Seekonk, Mass., Geddes and Kelly, Architects; House in East Hampton, Long Island, NY., Polhemus & Coffin, Architects; House in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA., Paul Laszlo, Architect; House in Darien, Conn., Alexander Houses, Inc., Will Rice Amon, Architect; House in St.Louis County, MO., Shank and Auer, Architects; House in Lake Forest, IL., Winston Elting, Architect.
  • FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION:  Decentralized, regional design set-up of this little-known U.S. home building agency proves its advantages over centralized bureaucracy in a series of stimulating, low cost projects for farmers and farm laborers;  A prime illustration of the contribution the architect is prepared to make to defense;  Migratory Labor Camps; Chandler Farms, Ariz. ; Community Buildings;  Individual Houses. Yuba City, California; Migratory Labor Camps, Agua Fria Camp, Arizona; Firebaugh, California; Chandler Farms, Arizona; Casa Grande Valley Farms, Arizona; Tulare and Sonoma, California; Camelback Farms, Gendale, California; Mineral King Ranch, California. Photographs by Russell Lee and Dorothea Lange.
  • POST OFFICE, NEW YORK CITY:  Federal architecture and federal art housed in glistening granite; A chest-high counter screen replaces the traditional peep holes, Madison Square Station, Louis A. Simon, Lorimer Rich, Architects; Edmond Amateis and Louis Slobodkin, Sculptors; Kindred McLeary, Mural Painter.
  • BUILDING FOR DEFENSE:  Headway and Headaches - a candid view of what the defense program is doing for Building and vice versa; Raw Materials Aplenty, Fabrication a Problem - an expert on trends examines the staples in Building's basket ;  Defense Housing program gets under way with the Navy far out in the lead; weather, cloudy; track, slow.
  • THE ARCHITECT'S WORLD: Thoughts on mural painting, architecture during and after the war, and St. Paul's under the bombs.
  • THE DIARY: Random thoughts and observations from a personal viewpoint.
  • STUDENT ALUMNAE BUILDING, WHEATON COLLEGE: The winners of the Wheaton College competition for a library and art center demonstrate their ability and the advantages of the functional approach with a combined recreation and office building, Caleb Hornbostel and Richard M. Bennet, Architects.
  • BUILDING MONEY: Building activity forecast for 1941 - The Forum considers the governing factors, collects informaed opinions, concludes that total construction will advance 19 per cent to $7,795 million, then shows where the money will go;  A new construction loan prodcedure analyzed - Cleveland's Second federal Savings & Loan Assn. looks before it lends;  An attractive Boston subdivision comprised solely of LIFE houses - sponsores: a builder and a lumber dealer who know the value of smart promotion and get it for nothing, Oakdale Acres is snipped open by Actress Barrymore.
  • FORUM OF EVENTS:  Defense jobs to architects and engineers;  medals for architects ;  awards to plastics;  Stuff and Guff.

A magnificent snapshot of the blossoming of the modern movement in North America in the final days before the start of World War II.