Mike and Lindsey’s Edward Durell Stone “House of Good Taste”

Their first report on their new Retro Renovation journey

mid-century-entrywayHOGT-graphicMike and Lindsey — known here as the careful caretakers of two vintage pink bathrooms — have started a new Retro Renovation adventure: The couple recently closed on their new home, a 1964 mid-century modern adapted from a famous “House of Good Taste” design by architect Edward Durell Stone for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. The house needs some TLC, and Mike asked us if we’d like for him to document this new, labor-of-love project. Heck to the yeah, we said! Here’s his first report on this jewel of a house… some historical photos we dug up… and their epic restoration plans ahead. 

The House of Good Taste Digital ID: psnypl_mss_1168. New York Public Library
The House of Good Taste Digital ID: psnypl_mss_1172. New York Public Library
The House of Good Taste. Inter... Digital ID: psnypl_mss_1171. New York Public Library
The House of Good Taste Digital ID: psnypl_mss_1173. New York Public Library

Images above: From the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection

Mike-&-LindseyWe asked Mike and Lindsey to share the story of how they decided to become the new custodians of this special home.

Mike wrote:

Shortly after moving into our current 1950’s ranch four years ago, we became enamored with everything mid-century. While we love our current home, it’s definitely more mid-century “modest” than mid-century “modern”, and previous renovations done by various different owners removed most of its original character (except the two pink bathrooms of course). We decided that one day we wanted to renovate and restore a authentic mid-century modern home.

mid-century-living-room-brickLooking for this “dream” home became a sort of hobby and obsession of ours. We didn’t have any real NEED to move, but thought if just the “right” house came along, we might take the plunge. Owning a special mid-century home soon became a “bucket list item” for us to hopefully fulfill one day. In the meantime, we continued to love our current house, always in the midst of one project or another, while keeping our eyes out for the “one.”

House-of-good-taste-living-roomWe would go to open houses and search the MLS, and every once in awhile, something would grab our attention only to be eliminated due to location, size, being “updated”, or one of the other million reasons. Again, we did not need to move so we were super picky about our dream mid century home. It seemed nothing met the requirements of our list.

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Photo courtesy OKCmod.com

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The house while it was on the market. Photo courtesy OKCmod.com

When we saw the post on Okie Mod Squad about “The House of Good Taste possibly coming on the market, we were very interested, but had experienced enough “dead ends” to know not to get our hopes up. We decided to get the contact information and emailed the owner. The owner, who had been there for 25 years and truly knew the value of the home, wanted to make sure the next owners appreciated and would take proper care of it. In our minds, this probably wasn’t the one, the location was a little suburban for us, but what could it hurt to look right?

[Editor’s Note: The Okie Mod Squad article by Lynne Rostochil provides lots more great into about this history of this exact house — take a look! Thank you, too, Lynne, for giving us permission to feature some of your photos!]



Note, Mike told us this brick is NOT painted: “The stone on the interior has not been painted. We believe it might be concrete that was poured into forms. The is white, and I think that is what makes it look like to could have been painted.”

Long story short, we were wrong. This was very much “the one.”  It checked almost every item on our “dream home” list.  While the location wasn’t a complete slam dunk, the fact that the house backs up to a private park quickly canceled out any location reservations we had.The house was not technically on the market yet, so we knew we had a chance to snatch it up before others caught wind.

mid-century-kitchenWe took a deep breath, took the plunge and recently closed on our new home. We are now the proud owners of a “The House of Good Taste”.

The house has been cared for and protected the last 25 years, but it’s in need of a little Retro Renovation love! So we are diving in with both feet and have a complete renovation planned over the next few months. We are excited to share the entire process with the Retro Renovation family…. who knows, there might be some original terrazzo floors hiding under all of that carpet?

kitchen-before mid-century-bedroom bedroom-windows-midcenturyThanks, Mike and Lindsey, for offering to bring us along for your Retro Renovation journey.  This is the kind of vicarious pleasure we adore!

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  1. Annette says

    I’m excited to see the terrazzo reno.
    I have a ’62 home in Florida with terrazzo floors, also previously covered with carpet . . . such a sin.
    FYI – I used a Dremel wheel to cut the nails (from the carpet slats) flush with the floor.
    I’ve also tried a few different solvents & a razor scrapper to strip the glue, most of it lifted, but the glue left a stain.
    Then I was told to be careful with solvents & terrazzo, and I was to only use white vinegar to clean the floor.

    I’m exceited for you . . . the house is in good hands.

    • says

      Annette, any other helpful hints you could offer about your terrazzo experience would be deeply appreciated.
      Our terrazzo has carpet glue & had tack strips pulled out, which left damage.
      Our home was built in 1958 & I don’t think the terrazzo has ever been cleaned, seriously.
      I will only be cleaning sections at a time, to make sure I’m being as thorough as possible.

  2. Amy says

    I’m jumping backward to the start on this. What a wonderful name for this wonder-ful home! Why don’t they have such homes – now – models – designed by real visionary architects? All we have is builder groups offering the same 3 models – with “upgrades” that used to be standard! No imagination. Just facade and pretentiousness. And profit for the builder. No fashion-forward these days, like these homes!

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