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Helen Johnston House

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1938, Proudfoot, Rawson, Brooks, and Borg. 3420 Saint John Rd.

The 1930s Moderne here appears more angular than streamline. A V-shaped bay marked by horizontal lines protrudes out over the front entrance surrounded by glass brick. The white stucco two-story facade has few openings to the street, but it is opened up with large glass areas to the rear. When built for the Weitz Investment Company this house was advertised, using Le Corbusier's terms, as a thirties “machine for living.”

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Helen Johnston House", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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