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Vintage postcard of the Roush Residence, Sacramento

Vintage postcard courtesy Canda Steiner.


This house must be seen to be believed! Join SacMod on 6.2.12 from 1pm-6pm in the Arden Oaks neighborhood of Sacramento. More information and tickets: On sale until 5:30-6:00pm 5.31.12. No tickets at the door.


Back of undated postcard (likely late 1950s) reads:


"The spanning strength of steel support the roof of this house like an awning, permitting the designer to bring the outdoors into the living room. Glass, wood, masonry, and colored plastic panels are wedded with the steel framework in a harmony of warm textures and colors. Open-web steel beams intersect over the circular open fireplace. Suspended from the beams is a hood composed of steel sheets. House is designed as a hexagon with the living room at the center. An outdoor trellis room separates living room from patio and pool areas. Floors are terrazzo.

R.L. Roush home, Sacramento, California

Designed by Terry Waters, Malibu, California" (Postcard courtesy Canda Steiner)


SacMod -- the folks who brought you the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour -- invites you to join us from 1pm to 6pm on June 2, 2012 for a not-to-be-missed chance to see one of Sacramento’s hidden mid-century modern architectural gems.


Your ticket includes delicious appetizers by Aharona Catering, treats from award-winning Freeport Bakery, and a generous pour from urban winery Rail Bridge Cellars and indie coffeehouse Chocolate Fish Coffee. Enjoy Two Accordions’ unique modern quilts, DJ Christophe’s spins of vintage-era tunes, and a rare 1956 Nash Ambassador freshly renovated by Peter Steinert.


The Roush Residence (1954) was designed by Terry Waters, a brilliant and talented architect who studied and worked with three legendary 20th century modernists: Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, John Lautner in Los Angeles, and Walter S. White in Palm Desert. This unusual steel frame home with open web beams must be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. There is no other house like it!


The Roush family founded a nationally distributed bread mix company and was famous for their Hillbilly Bread (“It’s Colossal!”) which is still made to this day.


We’ve arranged for separate arrival times to help avoid crowding and ease parking, but stay as long as you’d like to take in the displays and sights. Your ticket also includes a special commemorative 12-page booklet that highlights the history of the home and an opportunity to talk with local knowledgeable architects and the MCM mavens of Mimomito. Our special thanks to Rik Keller Photography who will be capturing the moment!


We're donating a generous 50 percent of the proceeds toward the upcoming exhibit "Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design," at The California Museum tentatively scheduled to open later this year. Ray Eames was born and raised in Sacramento; she and her husband, Charles, were among the most important 20th century modernists.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets: $30 SacMod members and $45 general admission. Ticket sales end May 31, 2012.


SacMod is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region.


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Taken on May 25, 2012