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Santa Fe ~ the Modern Pueblo (Mar, 1931)

Santa Fe ~ the Modern Pueblo

by E. DANA JOHNSON

Travelers visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, are astonished to find ibis modern city built in an architectural style centuries old! Hotels, postoffice, schools, and private residences are constructed in the pueblo style of architecture developed by the Indians indigenous to the great Southwest.

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Spanish Peasants Live in Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses (Mar, 1930)

Kind of looks like a graveyard.

Spanish Peasants Live in Practical and Cool Subterranean Houses

PEASANTS at Mancha, Spain, and other parts of that country have met many of their residence problems by constructing subterranean homes which are particularly practical in escaping the heat of summer. The underground homes are extremely cool. The entrances are raised several inches above the ground level as shown in the accompanying photograph. Each under ground home is equipped with a chimney and ventilator. Stairs lead to the underground chamber or chambers.

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Artistic Hot Dog Stands Fostered by New Organization (Dec, 1929)

Artistic Hot Dog Stands Fostered by New Organization

DESIGNING and construction of artistic hot dog stands and filling stations is being fostered by the new National Stand Owners’ association of operators of roadside refreshment and motor service stations. Instead of waiting until the highways are further cluttered with temporary, nondescript eyesores, they have set out to dignify and stabilize their business by advocating more attractive and sanitary stations.

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School Built To Please Children (Apr, 1935)

School Built To Please Children

INDOOR and outdoor class rooms are now being combined and built around a huge playground and swimming pool in a new experimental school now being built in Los Angeles.

Built to induce the children to go to school because they want to rather than because they have to, classes will be conducted out-of-doors when the weather permits.

Ten classrooms will be built to form a semi-circle on each end. The sides will be completed with administrative offices and manual training rooms.

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Homes That Glow in the Dark (Feb, 1947)

Homes That Glow in the Dark

Modern lighting adopts fluorescence to achieve harmony of illumination with architectural design and decor Lighting for the modern home can be beautiful as well I as scientifically correct. Fluorescent lighting makes all this possible now; and gone forever are the days when fluorescent fixtures caused kitchen, bathroom, or living room to look like a hospital.

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She Caught The Bus (Apr, 1946)

She Caught The Bus and found a home. Thelma Burnette of Santa Monica, Calif., wasn’t phased by the housing shortage when she found she could buy a discarded double-decker from the Los Angeles Transit lines for fifty dollars. These pictures show what a bright girl can do with an old bus.

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LIVE DRAMA (May, 1962)

LIVE DRAMA is all you’ll see on this big screen. This is a new plastic house being built in Leningrad. Hot air fans heat it.

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House Of Salt Withstands Elements (Nov, 1936)

House Of Salt Withstands Elements
THE crystal-like structure which houses the Information Bureau at the Texas Centennial is formed from rock salt. More than 20 tons of salt were mined from the Dallas salt dome and transported by truck to the Centennial grounds where workmen laid the rocks in place to form the unusual building. Engineers who were in charge of its construction claim the salt will defy all elements for at least two years. Their claims were well substantiated recently when a 2-inch rainfall failed to shrink the building or weaken any of its masonry.

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“Radio City” will be Marvel of Architecture (Jun, 1931)

“Radio City” will be Marvel of Architecture

A glittering city within a city, covering three square blocks and costing the staggering total of $250,000,000—that’s the “Radio City” which will begin next month to rise in New York, the project of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Details of this architectural marvel are set forth in this article.

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Five-Story Steel Ball Makes Novel Hospital (Jan, 1929)

Five-Story Steel Ball Makes Novel Hospital

RESEMBLING a strange machine from another planet, a huge steel ball standing five stories high is being erected at Cleveland, Ohio, so that persons suffering from diabetes may be given treatment under ideal conditions.

In the strange spherical “health hotel,” patients will live constantly in an atmosphere of high oxygen content, maintained at a pressure of 30 pounds per square inch, twice that of the normal atmosphere.

There are five floors inside the tank. An elevator in the center of the tank connects the different levels. Each of the private rooms is furnished like that in a modern hotel. Light enters through windows shaped like portholes to resist the pressure.

The treatment tank was designed in the shape of a ball so that air-tight seams could be secured more easily.

Air under 30 pounds pressure will be maintained, and the temperature and humidity will be carefully regulated. A large refrigerating plant has been built for cooling air as it leaves the compressors, and a drying plant will remove excess moisture.

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