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  • Modernist House Brought Back to Life

    Spencer Peterson reports for Curbed: This Modernist Cape Cod Cottage Was Saved Via Kickstarter.

           

    The Kickstarter-funded restoration of Cape Cod's Weidlinger House has successfully pulled the modernist gem back from the brink. Last pictured in a pretty sorry state, with all of its glass windows and doors missing, its interior weathered by the elements, and a large chunk of its southwest corner taken out by a felled tree, the vacation home of renowned structural engineer Paul Weidlinger has been restored to its sleek and rational 1953 look, marking yet another triumph for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.

           

    When designing the house, Paul Weidlinger, the founder of prominent structural engineering and applied science firm Weidlinger Associates, Inc., borrowed many ideas from the homes that lauded architect Marcel Breuer designed in Wellfleet, Massachusetts: the cladding of striated Weldtex plywood, the division between public and private areas.
     
    As Architectural Record notes,the rectilinear three-bedroom cottage also sports a covered veranda connected to the ground by a Corbusian ramp. Established in 2007, the CCMHT does its work by signing 10-year leases on neglected homes owned by the National Parks Service. The trust helps fund these efforts by renting out the restored homes, so hop to it, design-minded vacationers.  

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  • Brooklyn Will Get Back Its "Wonder Theater"

    Jen Carlson reports for Gothamist: Loew's Kings Theatre In Brooklyn Will Reopen Next Year.

    Last year, it was announced that the Loew's Kings Theatre in Flatbush, one of the five grand "Wonder Theatres" in New York and New Jersey, was going to be restored to its former circa-1929 glory. 

    A look inside at the time showed the current state of beautiful decay and abandonment, and all that potential. Now after being shuttered for nearly four decades, it will reopen in January 2015, restored to its original grandeur and "with sumptuous interiors inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House." From yesterday's announcement:

    "The Kings Theatre will serve as both a cultural and economic cornerstone for the Brooklyn community, presenting more than 200 performances annually—including music, dance, theatre, and comedy—providing a resource to foster and support creativity in the area, creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood."

    The space will become "the largest theatre in Brooklyn with over 3,000 seats."

    Meanwhile, at the other old Loew's, there's hope the New Jersey one will also be restored, but the one on Canal Street still is still just deteriorating. Click here for more photos.

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