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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Guess the year 11/16/10

    We haven't done one of these in a while. What year was this house built? (hint - it was built and designed by a local architect as his own home)




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    Late 1950s-early 60s. Because it looks like what architects did back then. I'll guess 1961.

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    (for now) Frozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    I guess 1972 - has that first generation pseudo-environmentalism style.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    I'm going more recent, 1981. It has an 80's "futuristic" quality to it.
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    There are entire subs in eastern Michigan where the houses look like that and were built in the mid to late 1990s. So I'll guess 1991 assuming that this house was an early precursor to those subs.
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    1980 - because in the '80s people hated windows.

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    I think this house was built in the late 1970s -- 1978. Since an architect built it as his own home, it was probably a few years ahead of the time when this style became mass produced in 'burbs in the 1980s.

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    1979 (maybe 1974) - this style of home was becoming the new ideal with long sloping rooflines and geometric shapes.
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    Quote Originally posted by Linda_D View post
    I think this house was built in the late 1970s -- 1978. Since an architect built it as his own home, it was probably a few years ahead of the time when this style became mass produced in 'burbs in the 1980s.
    Remember though, it's an architect in western Michigan... their usually a bit behind the rest of the country.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Remember though, it's an architect in western Michigan... their usually a bit behind the rest of the country.
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    I've seen houses like this in my neck of the woods. Those narrow windows scream late '80s-early '90s to me, but this is Michigan - what do I know about Michigan?

    I'll guess 1992, only b/c WSU MUP Student already picked '91.

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    I'm going with 1977. But the pergola in the back is more recent.

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    1978...it looks like an early version of the vernacular from early-mid eighties.
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    Since my first guess of 1977 was taken, I'll say the energy-aware time that this was built will be 1976. Prior to the early-mid 1970s, the 'architect's house' was likely more like split-level something from The Brady Bunch school of SF housing.

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    I agree with Hink Planner that this looks like 1980's "modern" The custom shaped window on the side, the general lack of legibility (where the hell is the front door?!), the upgraded wood-clad sided 1970's modern look, all seem typical of 1980s construction where I grew up in suburban Philadelphia. In fact, it looks an awful lot like the duplexes near where my father lived. We called it Divorcé Court because its where so many of my friends' parents moved after splitting.

    As an aside, for an architect-designed house, I find the proportions to be very...unpleasing! WTF?!

    I'll guess 1983.
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    So far one person is on the right track (not precisely on the year but has the correct rationale down) and I won't say who yet. We'll leave the polls open a couple more hours so folks on the west coast have a chance to guess, but in the meantime I'll give you another (big) hint....

    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    (where the hell is the front door?!)
    You can see the front door in more detail if you look at a larger image

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    1983. add some words because it is too short.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post


    You can see the front door in more detail if you look at a larger image
    Wow. I really thought that was the back of the house!

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    1984... because I have seen The Price Is Right, so I know the best way to achieve victory is to add 1 to bidder's number who seems most appropriate to you.

    Also, the yard is making me dizzy.

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    My guess is 1975.

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    2024.

    Because a house that awesome must be from the future.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    You can see the front door in more detail if you look at a larger image
    Ah! I though that was some sort of sliding glass door off the living/family room. Still could use a roof, though. Or don't they believe in rain?

    I'm still sticking with 1983, though I now suspect I am wrong.
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    2010, it clearly says so in the lower right of the pic

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    I picked 1983 because it looked like the schlock crap we had to design in Architecture School in 1985. I was less than enamoured by the shed look and learned to detest it when my sister bought a similar 1984 split level shed out by Illinois Planner.
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    I'll go with 1985 which was about ten years after houses like that were being built by architects in Ann Arbor. It would also allow sufficient time to make him/her regret having left the two trees that are poised to take out the extension and chimney on the same end of the house.
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