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House Beautiful: 1959

House Beautiful: 1959

Feb. 23, 1959. "Salisbury, residence in Hobe Sound, Fla. Ocean facade. William Kemp Caler, architect. For House Beautiful." The cocktail hour commences on the patio in five minutes. 5x7 inch negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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On the beach

if it's ocean facade as the intro states, it's likely Jupiter Island. I've seen many similar style homes there.

Classic mid-century design

This is one of the best mid-century designs. When I contrast this with the McMansions being constructed today I would choose this in a heart beat. Livable spaces, excellent use of space, reasonable cost of construction and single level explains why this one of the best family home designs of the 20th century. Today building lots are narrow and multiple story designs are popular, but I would choose this is a Mississippi minute! Fortunately there are a lot of these homes on the re-sale market.

Perfect for a house concert!

With a few hundred of your best friends on blankets in the grass, the band on the patio, guys on surfboards groovin to the tunes... Heaven!

Not a fan

Those windows look jalousie.

[Louver come back. - Dave]

Heir to the WW Kimball Piano Company

Kimball Salisbury was president at one time of the Kimball Piano Company out of Chicago. While I couldn't find much on him online, his wife, Wilmot, was a darling of the Society pages in the newspapers -- google "Mrs Kimball Salisbury" and you'll get a slew of articles.

I haven't pegged where the house was actually located in Hobe Sound, but I doubt I'd be able to because it was listed as an "estate" in one newspaper article, which means it probably wouldn't be visible by Google Street View anyhow.

Mr. Salisbury appears in the 1930 Census living with his wife, two children, and four servants at 1415 Astor Street in Chicago, where he was renting an apartment for $500. That would be somewhere north of $7,000 a month in 2014 money.

I couldn't find them for whatever reason in 1940.

Lean on me

When the big wind comes those tree "braces" will snap like toothpicks

Invited guests only

No alligators or snakes, and no children or small animals to draw them.

Lots of Room

For a pool and a fire pit.

And at Dusk

The tiki torches come out in force.

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