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Chez Yassukovich: 1958

Chez Yassukovich: 1958

February 20, 1958. "Dimitri Yassukovich residence in Hobe Sound, Florida. Entrance facade, from left. William Kemp Kaler, architect; Innocenti & Webel, landscape architect." 4x5 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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I wish I had a bungalow like this.

Functional Shutters

By the 1950s, houses were routinely equipped with false, non-functional shutters attached to the house for ornament only. These appear to be functional since they fit the openings in size and shape, and screens are adequately recessed. The shutters on the left side of the house are bi-fold to fit over the larger window, and Kaler has the front door covered, too. The bottoms of the shutters are solid to prevent rain from splashing into the house. I wonder, though, how often they were used when it was possible to just flip on the A/C.

[The shutters have nothing to do with cooling. They're for protection during gales and hurricanes. - Dave]

Shutters do indeed help to keep a house cool.

Karmann Ghia

For such a wealthy man I'm surprised to see a beautiful "low light" Karmann Ghia (55-59) parked out front. Brand new it sold for about $2400. $900 more than the Beetle.

Whatta crib!

I must say, as an architect's showpiece, it is a great example of 1950s, well, ordinary houses. Nothing special really, outside of the classic Ghia, but gee, the archi and the landy must've been proud. I hope it has radiant floor heating and secure hurricane locks on the shutters!

In California we would call this bungalow.

If I sound snarky, it is intentional. I hope they did better in later structures.

[Your snark is misinformed. This two-story, four-bathroom, four-bedroom Bermuda-style "bungalow" of 3,600 square feet is valued at over $2 million. Our photo shows the "entrance loggia." Another wing of the house is visible at left. - Dave]

Look at those windows

They appear to be double-hung, but asymmetric in size--the top is smaller than the bottom. Nifty thought for a house that will do well to get a breeze from time to time.

I'm finding a man by that name who was an investment banker and exile from the Soviet Union who died in 1989. His son wrote a book about him.

[His obituary is here. - Dave]

Nice Kar-

mann Ghia.

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