Thursday, November 5, 2009
are you ready to rummer?
Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior and product design form that generally describes pre- and post- second world war developments in modern design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. Mid-century architecture was a further development of Frank Lloyd Wright's principles of organic architecture combined with many elements reflected in the International and Bauhaus movements. Mid-century modernism, however, was much more organic in form and less formal than the International Style. Scandinavian designers and architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by simplicity, democratic design and natural shapes. Like many of Wright's designs, Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America's post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor-plans with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century homes utilized then groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. Examples of residential Mid-Century modern architecture are frequently referred to as the California Modern style.
Pioneering builder and real estate developer Joseph Eichler was instrumental in bringing Mid-Century Modern architecture to subdivisions in California and select housing developments on the east coast.
With that said, last night a special interview with local legend, Robert Rummer was given. He talked about his beloved "Rummer" Homes. The one night only event hosted by rejuvenation hardware. All donations went to the Street of EAMES' after school programs for homeless children.
Robert, the 82 year old retired builder and his wife Phyliss were very charming. He referred to himself as a kuke. Anyone that bought his homes in the 1960- 70's were considered the same. Today his homes are much sought after in the Portland area. For the lucky 1250 homeowners hang onto your MCM home. He thought that his homes still compliment the modern look that many seek to have.He has seen many versions of his homes updated into beautiful modern structures. His only advice to current homeowners of Rummers change the 2" downspouts to 3" downspouts. Who would have known how much trouble leaves and pine needles would have caused during our very wet winters.
The last sad truth that Robert confessed was that he saved every floor plan and tracing to every MCM home that he built, however he had thrown all of them into the dumpster when he retired in 1985. Sorry, his apologies go out to all of the Atomic Home enthusiasts.
Well, I have never own one, But my son and I have very fond memories of one in particular. I will miss going to visit the owner of that home but I am happy that our friend that owns it also helped me get through the most difficult time in my life. As many of you know, he is the reason that i survived the BIG C. thank you!
For the rest of you have fun with your MCM homes. You all have something special. Thank you Robert for making your versions of the famous Eichler homes of California. They will grace our beautiful NW for a very longtime.