|Photo Credit: The Miami News, Sept. 22, 1957|
"Theme of the home is based on new uses of color and materials with minimum maintenance for the homeowner," the article states - as if mocking the years of maintenance that we have ahead of us. "In the photo [to the left], the patio area separates the bedrooms (on the right) from the carport, providing maximum light and cross-ventilation."
And in 50 years, the aluminum windows and doors will be neglected, providing unwanted ventilation in the form of freezing air coming through 1-inch gaps.
|Part of an ad for the Alcoa Care-free home from The Miami News (Oct. 20, 1957)|
"There's a family room with its own individual entrance, providing for an excellent traffic pattern. An added touch is a clean-up area for youngsters with wet or dirty clothes."
So much thought went into the design and manufacturing of this home, it's really a shame that the St. Louis Park model has fallen into such a state. It will be exciting to get it back into shape!
You can check out the full article - and other news of interest to Miami residents in September 1957 - through this Google news link.