The 1947 Palm Springs Estate of Frank Sinatra designed by E. Stewart Williams. Rent it here and have a party with all of your friends for only $2600 a night!

Graphic designer Lou Dorfsman in front of his cafeteria wall designed for the Saarinen's CBS Black Rock building - 1966

Dodger Stadium is one of my favorite parks in baseball. Completed in 1962, it’s architecture features everything great about the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Below are images of the stadium along with design concepts and historical images that I found on Walter O’Malley’s Official site.

Los Angeles Dodger's Vice President of stadium operations Dick Walsh show's off an early concept model for the new Dodger Stadium

The concept for a new stadium began with industrial designer Buckminster Fuller (pictured above with Dodger president Walter O'Malley) Fuller proposed a geodesic dome to cover the stadium which would allow for 365 days of great weather for baseball.

The decision was made to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles and the new stadium would be built in Chavez Ravine. Below are early artist concept sketches for the stadium. Some ideas made it into the final stadium, some did not.

Early concept for a viewing board

An early sketch of a proposed scoreboard on the fence. This idea was not integrated into the final design.

The scoreboard today

The viewing board as realized today. You can sit in "MANNYWOOD"

Concepts for checkerboard seat colors

Early installation of chairs.

The original seating configuration. Note the aqua, red and yellow seats.

The renovation and tossing of the original seats

The original gold seats.

The new seating configuration.

The new seats

New Seats - These were the new seats that were added a few years ago.

A precursor to today’s stadium suites, an artist’s rendering of enclosing the dugout boxes was considered for Dodger Stadium. The dugout level would have been enclosed by glass and air conditioned for the ultimate in fan comfort and proximity to the players.

An artist’s rendering of potential stadium boxes for the use of Dodger Stadium. Hanging boxes would have provided another method of fan comfort and improving the enjoyment of viewing a game.

Field level seating today with a great color-blocked barricade.

Visitors dugout and field level seating as realized today. Note the color-blocked barricade separating the field level and infield level seating areas.

Colored walls were proposed for the parking lot

Multi-colored bumpers were also considered

A special food section for Dodger fans that would incorporate casual dining and an ice cream parlor.

Great Dodger Dog sign in the stadium

A more modern Dodger Dog ad.

Signature Dodger garlic fries.

An early stadium model

A proposed sculpture for behind the stadium

Think Blue sculpture that stands behind the stadium today.

A fountain with multi-colored lights was proposed for center field, it would have been a stadium first.

The current center field.

More great details at Dodger Stadium:

Great fonts.

More great fonts.  I'm not sure if these are original to the stadium, but still very cool.

Atomic rafters out in the bleachers

Atomic rafters in the bleachers

Stacked cinderblocks to create a textured effect.

More great ideas that never made it into the final stadium:

A monorail to take fans to and from the parking lot

Glass overpasses for fans in the parking lot

Moving sidewalks

Being from New York City, I couldn’t bring myself to wear an LA hat, so I brought out the classic Brooklyn Dodgers hat:

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The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland built in 1957. The attraction featured a conceptualized home of the future from the year 1986. The house featured kitchen appliances such as microwaves (that had yet to be commonplace in most homes) The attraction was unfortunately torn down in 1967.

The floor plan below from an article in “Popular Mechanics”:

Below are some of the original concept sketches for the interior. You can see the influence of Charles and Ray Eames, Nelson, Miller, Knoll and others.

Above concept art via JustinSpace

These amazing models of DDR communication towers were made in Germany.  I’m obsessed with them.  They look amazing in groups!

I saw this amazing mid-century modern model of the Berkeley West Building by architect Charles M. Wickett on Ebay.

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