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  • Friday, December 04, 2015 11:10 PM | Anonymous member

    Auctions by Maggie on Harrison Ave. in Cheviot has a listing for a local online auction featuring many Mid century modern pieces. It is an estate auction on Peachblossom 45231

  • Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:29 PM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

    Watch your e-mail for an Evite to these member events and RSVP there.


    Jan. 19 - Pot Luck & Annual Meeting, 6 - 9 PM

    Lauren and John Young invite you to the Weiss Residence, a Walter Sheblessy design, to celebrate all things modern.


    Feb. 23-24 - 20th Century Cincinnati, 11AM - 5 PM

    Vintage modern art, furniture and fashion show. Sharonville Convention Center, www.20thCenturyCincinnati.com.


    NEW -  cf3 “Ask the Experts” panel. Sunday from 10 - 11 AM - Submit questions and photos by 2/15 to info@cf3.org or just ask at the show. Member, Allie Weaver recorded it for us . Thanks, Allie.




    April 5 - Sheblessy/Rich Residence, 7 - 9 PM

    Owner-architect home on a mid-century modern street. Renovation design by member, architect Fritz Kuhlmann.  (Our March 29 event at Jeffrey and Joyce Rich's home on Evening Star (Clifton) has been rescheduled for the following Friday, April 5. Same time 7 to 9 pm. Sorry for the change, but March 29 is Good Friday.)


    Apr. 27 - Rauh House, John Becker Architect

    Included in the annual Cincinnati Preservation Association Upstairs/Downstairs home tour. One of the country’s first residences done in the International Style, www.cincinnatipreservation.org


    May 11 - Harper Residence, 10 - Noon

    Classic Rudy Hermes design for artists Edie and Charley.


    Jun. 8 - Powell Home, Pease Homebuilders, 2 - 4 PM

    A step-by-step (in-progress) revival of a Western Hills MCM ranch.


    Jul. 20 - Bothwell Residence, 7 - 9 PM

    Owner-architect Harry Bothwell, former president, Hixson and Associates and chief architect of Florence Mall.


    Aug. 17 - Jim Alexander design residence, 10 - Noon

    In original condition and lovingly decorated by Leftcoast Modern Cincinnati owner Rob Hofbauer.


    Sept. - Ninth Street Fire Station, date/time TBD

    Woodie Garber’s transparent design-inspired 1951 Modern station.


    Oct. - Grate House, date/time TBD

    1980 renovation and major addition, one of five David Niland projects featured in the 1983 Global Architecture Houses issue GA 13.


    Nov. 9 - Kimbrew-Keller Residence, 10 - Noon

    U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified by owner-architect Andy Keller .


    Be sure info@cf3.org has your correct email address.

  • Friday, December 30, 2011 7:28 PM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

    You're invited to the see the Corbett House's kitchen island and the latest installation of the cf3 - Modern Retrospective Banners. The Cincinnati Art Museum is considering accepting the donation of the kitchen for exhibit. If they decline, the entire kitchen will be auctioned to benefit the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati in April. For more info read Steve Rosen's article in the Wednesday before's CITYBEAT.  Learn more about the Corbett kitchen.


    • Host:
      CF3 Cincinnati Form Follows Function
    • Phone:
      513-260-9025
    • When:
      Feb 10, 2012, 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
    • Where:
      Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, 811 Race Street Cincinnati, OH 45202


    As the Queen City's first group devoted to the awareness, education and preservation of modern design - cf3 Cincinnati Form Follows Function - presents this look back at some of the city's outstanding 20th century architectural treasures.


    From its world-class Art Deco Union Terminal train station to the many mid-century homes tucked into its seven hillsides, Cincinnati is blessed with a rich tradition of modern architectural design.  The cf3 curated exhibit includes both images and artifacts.  The organization's efforts to document and preserve have included homes designed by such international stars as Frank Lloyd Wright and George Nelson as well as dwellings by homegrown favorites Abe Dombar, Woodie Garber, Ray Roush and Carl Strauss.

  • Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:35 PM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

    Watch your e-mail for an Evite to these events and RSVP there. Postcard PDF.


    February 26 & 27 - 20th Century Cincinnati, 11 AM - 5 PM
    Vintage modern art, furniture and fashion show. Sharonville,OH Convention Center, www.20thcenturycincinnati.com .


    April 10 -  MCM Brunch, 11:30 - 1:30 PM 
    Shari Lauter invites cf3 members to a Sunday Brunch at her circa 1957 home of undetermined provenance in Anderson.


    May 22 - McBrayer House Reception, 3 - 5 PM 
    cf3ers can join homeowners Karen Tuerk & Jim Flaherty at their 1962 Cliff Meyers “organic modern”  home in Morehead, KY.


    June 12 - Weston House Chat, 10-Noon 
    Alice Weston invites cf3 members to her East Walnut Hills home designed by Carl Strauss.


    July 9 - Gordon House Chat, 10 - Noon 
    Mary & Bill Bonansinga invite cf3 members to tour their 1951 glass house in Clifton designed by Stanley Prowler.


    July 16 - Miller House Tour 
    designed by Eero Saarinen in Columbus, IN. 
    We're all looking forward to cf3's first-ever road trip to Columbus, Ind., and private tour of Eero Saarinen-designed home for J. Irwin Miller and family. Design and construction on the Miller House took four years and was completed in 1957.The home was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000.The Miller family owned the home until 2008 when Xenia Miller, the last resident of the home, died. In 2009, the home and gardens, along with many of the original furnishings, were donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art by members of the Miller family. In addition to Eero Saarinen, the house and gardens showcases the work of leading 20th-century figures such as interior designer Alexander Girard, landscape architect Dan Kiley, and principal design associate at the Saarinen office, Kevin Roche. 

    We are departing July 16 promptly at 8:30 am and will return to Cincinnati by 6:00 pm. The motor coach will be parked on Rawson Woods Lane (opposite Frank Lloyd Wright's Boulter House) at 8:00 for boarding. Please park on Middleton and meet on Rawson Woods Lane at the bus.

    Bus tour is $50, only seven spaces left as of June 30, 2011. Contact Captains Chris Magee or Susan Rissover to see if any spaces are available. Payment can be made by check (cf3, po box 17011, cin., oh 45217) or by PayPal to wendy.cf3@gmail.com.


    August 12 – September 15, 2011 - Explore Modernism in Cincinnati at the Betts House
    Cincinnati Modern Architecture – A Retrospective , explores the impact of mid-century design on Cincinnati’s built environment. An opening reception will be held August 12, 2011 from 5 – 8 pm.

    In addition to a wealth of nineteenth century architecture, Cincinnati is also home to numerous modernist buildings and residences. The exhibit examines several local iconic twentieth-century architectural treasures, including Terrace Plaza Hotel and Greenhills. The work of celebrated modernist architects, including Abrom Dombar, Woodie Garber, and Carl Strauss, is also explored.

    The exhibit is on loan from the modernist architecture organization Cincinnati Form Follows Function (CF3). CF3 created the exhibit in collaboration with the Cincinnati Preservation Association, Enriching Spaces, and the Greenhills Historical Society.

    Cincinnati Modern Architecture – A Retrospective can be seen Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Betts House, as well as the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, 12:30 - 5 pm. Project support for this exhibit is provided by a grant from ArtsWave.

    ABOUT THE BETTS HOUSE - Built in 1804, the Betts House, Ohio’s oldest brick house, is located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District near downtown Cincinnati. The Betts House is a museum dedicated to the built environment offering exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation, building trades and construction technologies. The Betts House is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 12:30 – 5 pm; and other days and times by appointment. Admission is $2 per person. (www.BettsHouse.org) 

    The Betts House, 416 Clark Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203, www.BettsHouse.org , 513-651-0734
    Media Contact: Julie Carpenter, BettsHouseRC@fuse.net  


    August 13 - Rosen House Chat, 10-Noon 
    Colleen & Mike Guy’s Dick Calef design in Amberley. Chuck Lohre is Captain.


    NEW DATE & TIME August 27 - 2nd Annual  Cookout and Swap Meet, 5 - 9 PM (was Aug. 6)
    Bellevue Hill Park, at the R. Carl Freund designed pergolas, Clifton Heights. Chuck Lohre is Captain.


    September 17 - St. John’s Unitarian Church, 10 - Noon 
    Tour this 1952 John M. Garber design in Clifton (not Woodie).


    October 15 - Palisades Condominiums Tour, 10 - Noon 
    Charlie Poston invites cf3 members to this new project.

  • Tuesday, November 09, 2010 8:46 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)
    In Attendance: Chris Magee, Paul Adanick, Lou Batsch, Janet Groeber, Chuck Lohre ,Brian Pierson, Jason Powell, and Susan Rissover

    May meeting minutes reviewed, approved.

    Chuck walked through the Member Buddy application and discussed the membership process
     
    January 29, 2011, 6 to 9 p.m. - Annual member pot luck to be at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Boulter House
     
    Chris suggested an Atomic Crash Party format for events. They are from 1-5 pm and make donations to a charity. Treats: Light refreshments will be served. Imperatives: Good attitudes required. Discretionary: Optional donation of $5.00 per person. Chris will ask Baz to come to the event and explain how they operate. We may make donations to the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Normally the events are announced on Facebook. The idea behind a Mid Century Modern group like Atomic Modern in Birmingham, Alabama would be to support the movement. Motion made, seconded and passed to add the Crash Party format in 2011. We will let the homeowner decide the format. 

    Upcoming Chats or Atomic Crash Parties (updated 2/15/2011): Watch your e-mail for and Evite to these events if you are a member and RSVP there. Be sure info@cf3.org has your correcte-mail address.

    • January 29, 2011, 6-9 p.m. Boulter House CF3 Member Pot Luck
    • Feb. 26-27, 2011 Modern Show at Sharonville Convention Center
    • April 10 - MCM Brunch, 11:30 - 1:30 PM; Shari Lauter invites cf3 members to a Sunday Brunch at her circa 1957 home of undetermined provenance.
    • May 22, 2011 - 3 to 5 p.m - Karen Tuerk and Jim Flaherty's Cliff Meyers McBrayer House in Morehead, KY
    • Spring 2011 - Eero Saarinen designed Miller Home in Columbus, IN opens, Susan Rissover has a request in.
    • June 12, 2011, 10-Noon - Alice Weston's Carl Strauss house in East Walnut Hills
    • July 9, 2011, 10-Noon - Mary & Bill Bonansinga's Stanley Prowler - Gordon House in Clifton
    • August 6, 2011 - 2nd Annual Cookout and Swap Meet, 6 - 10 PM; Bellevue Hill Park, at the R. Carl Freund designed pergolas, Clifton Heights.
    • August 13, 2011, 10-Noon  - Colleen and Mike Guy's house, Jose' Garcia worked on the re-design of this Dick Calef creation
    • Sept. 17, 2011, 10-Noon - Woodie Garber's, Unitarian Church St John's, Clifton, www.stjohnsuu.org - 320 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati
    • October 15, 2011, 10-Noon - Palisades Condos, Mt. Adams - http://www.palisadesofmtadams.com

    We discussed developing a post card to hand out at the Modern Show at the Sharonville Convention Center in February 2011, Paul Adanick in charge.
     
    Next meeting scheduled before the annual Pot Luck dinner at the Boulter House, January 29.
  • Saturday, August 21, 2010 8:27 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

    The Oral History Project was started by former Cincinnati Preservation Association Director Bobbie McTurner. Bruce Goetzman and Ken Hughes volunteered to be interviewed regarding the preservation of the home by David and Miriam Gosling. The home was built in 1956 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Chuck Lohre, Brian Pierson, Gordon Morioka, Erin Adams and Patrick Snadon helped with the development and production. Another editing is planned with addtional content and wide angle video footage. Suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks to everyone for their help and encouragement. View the video.




    Learn more about the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Modern Committee which is looking for a chairperson to reengage the Committee. Plans were to do one of the other two Wright homes as the next production in the series. Contact Chuck Lohre for more information on the process.

  • Monday, July 05, 2010 8:33 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

    From Chuck Lohre's response to Steve Rosen's email requesting a post party wrap up of the event, "It was hot. Our guests thought I had spilled my drink all over myself but it was sweat! At least there was a breeze blowing. We had about 50 come by and hope to do it again in the Fall. I even got the young kids in neighborhood to volunteer to get their band to play. Not sure if Susan Rissover's kid's chamber music would work or the heavy metal the kids said they played. "They can do something softer," one mentioned. We'll see. Not much grilling went on but everyone brought a picnic dinner and plenty of things to swap. All the old regulars were there and it seemed like a family reunion. What a crowd. Thanks again for the great article, one person "Just happened" to Google "Mid-century Modern in Cincinnati" that morning and you popped up. Hard to believe the way we communicate these days. I hope to get some photos to put on the site. Wendy, please send a few to me. I forgot to snap any. Thanks again for everyone's help. It was fun, easy and could grow. We could even have the next one at the Park Board HQ, the north end has a nice porch, or the Trail-side building in Burnet Woods. All by Carl Freund."


    From Janet Groeber's response, In all, probably 50 folks came around with their picnics and stuff to sell.  I swapped for a solar fan for books, while others made cash deals. The PM magazine segment played rather continuously and then Chuck loaded up the footage -- it actually had a bit of an beginning, middle and end."
    I'd say it was a success and the CityBeat article def made a difference!


    Original invitation: Grab your chairs, throw a grill and bbq fare in the trunk and get ready for cf3's first cookout and swap meet at Bellevue Hill Park, Cincinnati Park Board site. Gather at 6:00 p.m. near the mushroom-shaped concrete pergolas -- the design of R. Carl Freund, a local architect clearly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here's your opportunity to clear your basement, garage and closets and search out fellow cf3ers' stuff to buy, sell or trade. Got extra hardware from a finished project, or architectural salvage perfect for another application? Bring em to the meet. Maybe you'll decide to swap your books on architecture for a set of vintage dinnerware, or an iconic MCM chair. Sky's the limit! We'll use daylight hours for the  swap meet and eats, accompanied by the exclusive screening of a documentary film detailing construction of FLW's home for Gerald Tonkens, which will be shown continuously until 9:30 p.m. Thanks to Beverly Tonkens Vangrov, who has graciously offered cf3ers this exciting and rare opportunity to see and hear Mr. Tonkens discuss construction of his home -- one the finest examples of Wright's Usonian residences in the country according to Wright himself -- and the only one ever documented on film. Go to the Evite http://tiny.cc/p3dsc to let us know you are coming and to be added to our general list.

  • Sunday, May 30, 2010 8:53 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)

      


    In the Spring of 2010 Brian Pierson prepared and sent out a survey to our general list of about 450 emails. Here are a few screen grabs and a link to the survey. The survey started with this statement, "As we plan our 2010 schedule, we would like to solicit your feedback on past events, and better understand you current interests. The following confidential survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  If you would like someone to personally contact you regarding any of you responses, you will have an opportunity at the end of the survey to provide your contact information.  Thank you for your time!"


    Download the survey results


    Many thanks to Brian Pierson who created the survey and also created the beautiful report . If you are wondering about the word "picture" it's a Wordl, you can do them yourself at http.www.wordle.com.


  • Tuesday, May 18, 2010 8:43 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)
    Hi everyone - here are the meeting minutes.

    Meeting Minutes 18 May, 2010

    In Attendance:
    Paul Adanick
    Lou Batsch
    Janet Groeber
    Chuck Lohre
    Brian Pierson
    Jason Powell
    Susan Rissover

    March meeting minutes reviewed

    Janet reported on the FLW Conference Kick-off Event at Boswell House and discussed volunteer opportunities for the September event.  Ideally, volunteers will sign up for an entire day and follow all activities throughout the day.  Orientation/training will be in July/August at the Netherland Hotel.  Janet will request a sign up sheet from Marta and email to all paid cf3 members.

    The group discussed and tentatively planned summer/fall events: cf3 banners will be in the Cincinnati Public Library Downtown Branch in July, targeted for the Anderson Center in August and targeted for the UK School of Architecture in September Chuck will be recording the oral history of the Boulter House with Bruce Goetzman & Ken Hughes on 02 June, with the intent of creating a 30 minute video to air on cable public access Swap Meet/Cookout tentatively scheduled for 24 July from 6:00 – 9:30 at Bellevue Park in Clifton Via email, Chris Magee indicated that a coffee chat was set for July at the home of Jim Kelley/Rick Kay, and is pursuing Jane Misewicz and Guy Wolf to do one at their Anderson home

    Lou posted the group on the current finances and status of renewal as a non-profit.  A certificate of continued operation needs to be completed and filed with the State of Ohio (Lou) at a cost of $25.

    Brian presented the results of the spring membership survey

    Chuck walked through the member buddy application and discussed the membership process

    Next meeting scheduled for 08 September at 7:00
     
    Brian Pierson 
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:12 AM | Brian Pierson (Administrator)
    In attendance;

    Lou Batch

    Jason Powell

    Brian Pierson

    Kelli Patrick

    Paul Adanick

    Chris Magee

    Janet Groeber

    Susan Rissover

    Chuck Lohre


    Chuck reported on the Cincinnati Preservation Association Modernist Committee tasks: oral history and historical inventory


    Chuck suggested we use Paul Green's club member management software. Motion made and passed to spend up to $200 to install software and pay for the first year's fee within two weeks.

    Lou reported on the by-laws.


    Jason volunteered to make welcome calls to new members. Paul volunteered to send welcome letters. Both will be trained in use of Mr. Green's software.


    Janet reported on the FLW Foundation's conference kick off event at the Boswell House April 17. She suggested a budget of up to $2000 for the promotion and production (including the food, drink, parking, tips, postage). Motion made and passed. An email invitation will be sent to past members, paid up members separately.

    Jason volunteered to contact IKEA regarding having CF3 have either their displays or a sign up table there on a weekend or more.


    Jason volunteered to start a Facebook Fan page.


    Next meeting May 19th. Following meeting Sept. 8.

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