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House of Glass: 1939

House of Glass: 1939

June 12, 1939. "House of Glass No. 4, New York World's Fair. Master bath. Landefeld & Hatch, architect." You know what they say about people in glass bathrooms. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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But beautiful

It's truly attractive IMO but not a great thing for whoever has to keep this clean. Too many places to trap dirt and lots of chrome to polish. Fred Astaire would be getting the evil eye for dancing on the walls and ceiling here.

The Throne

That my dears is a substantial toilet! Definitely hard to break that one. :) This bathroom is like one my husband and I had in our second apt. after we were married. The sink, tub and toilet were turquoise/blue with chrome handles. It also had the black and white tiled floor. I loved that bathroom. Wish I had one like it now. I think I remember my grandmother having peach colored bathroom tub, sink and toilet. What happened to all those wonderful colors?

Timeless style

Except for the webbed cube glass, this bathroom looks like one today! A la Restoration Hardware.

They still make the soap dish

Used for years in many hotels here in the US.

I'll be out in a minute, Ginger

If they ever showed the bathrooms in Fred Astaire movies, they would look like this.


Does the light switch next to the soap holder turn the mirror on, as it looks like it could light up. Stunning bathroom.

What DO they say?

... shouldn't pass stones?
... shouldn't stow thrones?
... shouldn't blow tones?

[Should change in the basement. -Dave]

The wavy surface on those blocks

That's an awesome decor!

Those Owens-Illinois glass blocks look much more art-deco than the ones more commonly found in industrial applications.

It pains me bad to see old buildings getting demolished around KC, especiaslly when they have good portion of their frontage constructed with glass blocks.

I always try to dumpster dive for them when I can.

Tub soap holder

is identical to the one in my bathroom.

My pedestal sink has the old "s" trap .. not the newfangled "p" trap pictured

Seventy-three years later

This bathroom still looks modern and sleek. I love chrome and glass blocks. They remind me of giant ice cubes and bring a sense of openness, coolness and serenity to a room. In my opinion, I would reconsider the round mirror and go with a chrome framed rectangular mirror though since I think it would look more streamlined and I'd change the floor from diagonal stripes to two-toned geometric tiles.

I know nothing about decorating but I know what I like.

Still modern

This would be a trendy New York bathroom even today.

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