Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Don Drummond's "Home for You in '52" - Modern Photo of the Week

In honor of KCMODERN's recognition for helping with the first ranch house survey in Kansas, I thought I would post one of our favorite ranch houses.

Name: "Home for You in '52" (modified L version)
Designer: Francie Drummond with Gier Sloan
Year Designed: circa 1950-51
Builder: Don Drummond
Year Built: 1955-56
Size: 1362 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath
Location: Prairie Village, KS
Type: Residential
Style: California Ranch
Status: Good
Photographer: Robert McLaughlin

While this photo may look like it was circa 1959, it was really taken on June 24, 2007, during the "Drummond + Weekend" House Tour in Prairie Village, Kansas.

This home was designed by Francie Drummond with the help of Gier Sloan and built by Don Drummond at multiple locations in both Kansas and Missouri. The straight version of this house was called the "Home for You in '52" in a 1951, Better Homes and Gardens magazine article. Sometime after that, the design was reworked into this L-shaped version so that it would fit on smaller lots.

The car is a 1959 Buick Electra and it belonged to one of the members of the local Buick club.

Monday, February 2, 2009

KCMODERN Acknowleged for Involvement In 1950's Ranch House Survey

In the November/December 2008 issue of Kansas Preservation, the magazine published by the Kansas Historical Society, KCModern was acknowledged for helping facilitate a survey by Sally Schwenk and Associates. We provided historical documentation regarding the construction of ranches and their growth in popularity. A neighborhood near 68th and Metcalf in Overland Park, KS wanted to protect themselves from zoning changes that would allow multi-family housing nearby. Passionate about their ranch neighborhood, they initiated the first study on ranches in the state of Kansas. A study is the first step in determining eligibility for an historic designation. KCModern salutes their efforts...(click on image to enlarge)