Re "People who live in glass houses"--
Susan E. Washburn’s pun about not stowing thrones is memorable. Our
first house (1954) was a National Home Cape Codder. At $4,000 (with
$400 down, $40 a month) it was ideal for a new couple with three kids.
(I’d still be there if I hadn’t snared a Ford grant to study media in
When I was offered a job at Trenton State, we rented in
Levittown, Pa., until we moved to Greenbelt Knoll and bought a Louie
Kahn ($29,000, sadly sold in 2010 for $119,000!). Most of that went to
buy the third floor of a 1783 villa in Weimar, Germany.
All were well designed and affordable. And I’m finally skeptical of
showplace modernoid architecture for its energy wasting ways and lack
of permanence. After 50 years of romancing that defective modernoidism,
I’ve fallen in love again with gables and the idiosyncratic pizzazz of
Van de Velde Moderne. I know what I dislike!