A 1950 American Dream Home Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Newsletter Posted by: pam kueber • October 28, 2008 A second image from my collection of ©1950 National Plan Service Inc. homes courtesy the Indiana Coal and Lumber Company. This little series of homes — just about perfection. Related stories 1950 American dream houses – we start a new series A 1950 American Dream home A 1950 American Dream House Ad Comments 6 Get our retrolicious free newsletter. Get our retrolicious free newsletter. Comments nancyb says October 28, 2008 at 10:34 am 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! Reply DanaMc says October 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm 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 Reply benevola says October 28, 2008 at 7:39 pm Hey, that’s my house! (though we have wood siding rather than brick) Reply BSMet94 says October 29, 2008 at 3:54 am Check out http://www.antiquehome.org/House-Plans/ Scroll down on the left for several house plan sections from the 1950s, including National Plan Service, Aladdin, and others. Reply elvis says October 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm 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? Reply Mid Mod Pam says October 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm 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. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. BE SAFE / RENOVATE SAFE! Get informed and be aware about the environmental & safety hazards in old homes, materials and products. #1 RULE: Consult with your own properly licensed professionals. More info: See our Be Safe/Renovate page... EPA asbestos website ... EPA lead website ... U.S.F.A. – fire safety, etc.