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Script to accompany Powerpoint, 2016 Landmark Awards

LANDMARK SCRIPT to accompany this Power Point Presentation with Photos.

SLIDE 1 TITLE SLIDE

SLIDE 2 HISTORY / EXPLANATION

SLIDE 3 HISTORY / EXPLANATION

SLIDE 4 Mid-Century Modern truly is mid-20th century design. Characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space, these homes -- built from 1945 to mid 1960 -- featured simplicity and an integration with nature, encouraging residents to explore the world in new ways.

With World War II came experimental technologies and materials like steel and plywood, which were leveraged for building after the war. John Entenza, publisher of the influential California Arts & Architecture magazine, started The Case Study House Program in 1945, creating prototypes for postwar housing that would become iconic. 

The houses had open floor plans and giant sliding-glass doors, which encouraged people to go outside and be healthy. In a traditional home, the window height was 4 to 5 feet, and a child could not always see out. With these new walls of glass, children became engaged and open-minded because the environment stimulated the senses in a different way.

You will see some of these typical characteristics in the homes chosen for this years Landmark designations.

SLIDE 5 LANDMARK HOUSE NO. 1 features:

Large Windows – sliding-glass doors and other expansive panes of glass (modern material) allow light to enter rooms from multiple angles.

SLIDE 6 THE GABRIEL HOUSE, c. 1959

11thStreet1520 GabrielThis mid-century home features numerous custom built-in drawers, cabinets, and closets, exquisite construction details, and a Nutone food center and intercom system (new technologies of the time).

SLIDE 7 John Gabriel, a Tulane University graduate, was a practicing architect in the Lake Charles area for over 70 years. He began his career here in 1935, and worked for the likes of Dunn & Quinn before opening his own firm with his partner Reames. Some of his designs include the New Moon Drive-In Theater, Tom & Macs restaurant, the Oak Park arch, and numerous homes in the area which all bear many of his signature design details, such as deep eaves for shade and exceptionally rigid construction techniques.

SLIDE 8 The structural elements make their way into the interior in a seamless and contemporary way. Here you can see the exposed beams, the brick walls, and the large expanse of glass/windows.

SLIDE 9 The owners have said, “Our home at 1520 exemplifies his unique eye for detail and ability to translate a very specific vision into reality. John Gabriel has left a unique and beautiful home that contains so many details of a truly gifted architect, we find touches of his love of design and construction almost once a month! Restoring this iconic and classic structure is a challenge from a contemporary standpoint due to the custom details and old world construction techniques but a true labor of love for the both of us.” This labor of love is so strong, the owners have kept a personal friendship with Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel’s daughters, from whom they purchased the home.

SLIDE 10 Homeowner Slide

SLIDE 11 LANDMARK HOUSE NO 2 features:

Integration with nature – rooms have multiple outdoor views, or multiple access points, creating a continuation between the indoors and outdoors, and encourage an appreciation of healthy living.

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