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Divining Mrs. M: 1936

Divining Mrs. M: 1936

Circa 1936. "Muschenheim, William, Mrs., portrait photograph." Wife of the modernist architect. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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Be it ever so moderne

The William and Elizabeth Muschenheim house. Ann Arbor, MI

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Mrs. Muschenheim was born Elizabeth Bodanzky, daughter of Artur Bodanzky, a conductor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York. William Muschenheim was the son of Artur, who was the general manager of the Astor Hotel.

House on the Dunes

A photo presumably taken at William Muschenheim's estate "House on the Dunes," in Hampton Bays, New York. It would have been only a few years old at the time. The real highlight of the estate was its Modernist bath house, which fell victim to a hurricane in 1954. As far as I can tell, the main house itself is no longer standing.

Note: the picture wouldn't have been from the Ann Arbor house seen in another response, as the family didn't move to Michigan until 1950, when William became a professor at the University of Michigan. He retired as a professor in 1972 but remained active in the architectural field until he died in 1990 at age 88.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds do not a prison make. By the 50s the slats had gone to slightly down-curved (for stiffness) metal.

The other parts were identical.

[Those aluminum-slat blinds were mostly for office and institutional use. The nicer ones were (and still are) flat and wooden, as in the 1958 house I grew up in. - Dave]

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