WPA Architectural Models : Recreations of Historical and Significant Places
Object ID:
1221.034
Object Name:
Model, Instructional
Title:
Modern House
Description:
Modern House
Title on front side of the base.

The Modern House model is an exemplary ideal of what the modern houses. Modern architecture was not like other architectural styles or movements because it focused on new materials and new technologies that were developing in the architectural world around this time. The movement started in the 1920's and went on through to the late 1980's. Some of the most famous modern homes were created in the late 1920's to early 1940's before the movement's popularity boom after the end of World War II. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright had already created one of his most popular pieces Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa. Much of the modern architecture produced involved the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete as their primary materials. They often involved new shapes, designs, and techniques to draw attention to their works. The modern house made for the Museum Extension Project is a classic example of all the attributes that are common with modern architecture with the plain grey concrete walls which flows from the stairs to the balcony to the walls, and the elaborate art deco glass window settings. Although we do not know if this house had any one influential structure to its creation, it is still a beautiful example of modern architecture. [Jackie Miller, MU]
Year Range from:
1935
Year Range to:
1943
Material:
Plaster, Metal
Provenance:
By WPA PA probably in 1930s. This example was in the education museum of M.S.T.C., Campus Junior High School later called Allen Hall. Rescued 2010 pior to demolition of the building.
Source:
McKee, Randy
Catalog Date:
06/21/2017
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