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  1. nancyb says

    So cute! Isn’t it funny how in the post-war era of prosperity, the majority of new houses being built were well-designed, but small? Everything was supposed to be efficient and useful, none of the over-the-top excess we see in 90’s-2000’s houses (where it would be torture to have less than 4 bathrooms)! Hmmmm, living within your means… now there’s an idea!

  2. DanaMc says

    Hey Pam and others,
    See those white wrought-iron looking pillars above? Do they have a name? I have some of that curly iron-work on my brick ’59 house. I refer to it as “Metal Gingerbread” but there’s likely a name for it.

    Now that we know that the metal ring surrounding an old sink is called a “Hootie Ring” – I expect everything has a name!

    All the best,
    Dana in Chicagoland

  3. elvis says

    DanaMc, we have the same wrought iron porch support on our ’56 ranch, but I don’t have a name for you. I wonder where the trend inspiration came from: it seems so different from the rest of the design sensibility of ranches, yet so common. Could it be a leftover from colonial revival?

  4. says

    Elvis and Dana – I have many many references to what I believe is called simply, ‘ornamental ironwork’ on mid century homes. I’m not academically sure of its design evolution – but will be on the lookout and plan for some authoritative posts in the future.

    In terms of an educated guess, though: I tend to think that this ornamental ironwork was just a decorative effect to spice up otherwise boxy, similar ranches…another example of variation added to subdivision homes that would otherwise have been quite cookie cutter. The ironwork also provided posts for a relatively inexpensive and cheery front porch or door entryway also. Metal would have been plentiful post war – so this was a good way to integrate it. Finally – I think this will also turn out to be a mass-produced, great grandchild of Victorian ironwork.

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