The Autumn Garden dramaturgy: 1949 architecture and real estate

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Architecture and Real Estate

A two-bedroom U.S. house sells typically for $10,000 while a five-bedroom New York apartment rents for $110 per month. A four-bedroom duplex cooperative apartment in the East 60s near Park Avenue with two-story living room and wood-burning fireplace in its 16 x 21-foot library sells for $8,250 with annual maintenance of $2,970, an eight-room co-op on Fifth Avenue in the 70’s with three bedrooms, 30 x 17-foot living room, and a view of Central Park sells for $7,434 with annual maintenance of $3,591.

In architecture, nonessentials were eliminated, and simplicity became the key element. In some cases, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s famous glass house, even practicality was ignored. Modern glass-and-steel office buildings began to rise after the war ended. Pietro Belluschi designed the prototype Equitable Savings and Loan building, a “skyscraper” of twelve stories. Eliel Saarinen utilized contemporary design, particularly in churches. The dream home remained a Cape Cod. After the war, suburbs, typified by Levittown, with their tract homes and uniformity, sprang up to house returning GI’s and their new families. The average home was a one level Ranch House, a collection of previously unaffordable appliances surrounded by minimal living space. The family lawn became the crowning glory and symbol of pride in ownership.


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