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Dinner Party in a Mid-Century Modern Home

Dinner Party in a Mid-Century Modern Home | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Four men sitting around a long dining table after a casual meal. At the head of the table is Ken Harley, the original home owner who started to build the home in 1960. Three of the men are casually dressed; one is in a necktie and dress shirt. All four are looking at the photographer (Sid Boyum), whose flash bulb is seen reflecting in the back window. The more formally dressed man is eating corn on the cob, and the man across from him is lifting a tea cup. The table includes a vase of freshly cut zinnias, two pillar candles, a small plate with pats of butter, a bread basket, a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes with metal lighter, a silver tea set, and tea cups with matching saucers decorated with pheasants that resemble Elizabethan Staffordshire Bone China. In the bottom right is a dog's paw sticking out from underneath the table near a man's feet.  The dining room shows classic mid-century modern design from ceiling to floor. Large structural cross beams that support the roof of the house can be seen over the table, and dining area walls use horizontal wooden board-and-batten construction. The floor is polished cut stone.   The home was built in 1963 and designed by the architect, Paul A. Thomas III, who taught in the Architecture and City and Regional Planning program at Illinois Institute of Technology. Ken Harley was the original owner from 1963 to 1975; he started the investment firm Harley-Haydon & Co. with partner Robert Haydon in 1934.
DESCRIPTION
Four men sitting around a long dining table after a casual meal. At the head of the table is Ken Harley, the original home owner who started to build the home in 1960. Three of the men are casually dressed; one is in a necktie and dress shirt. All four are looking at the photographer (Sid Boyum), whose flash bulb is seen reflecting in the back window. The more formally dressed man is eating corn on the cob, and the man across from him is lifting a tea cup. The table includes a vase of freshly cut zinnias, two pillar candles, a small plate with pats of butter, a bread basket, a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes with metal lighter, a silver tea set, and tea cups with matching saucers decorated with pheasants that resemble Elizabethan Staffordshire Bone China. In the bottom right is a dog's paw sticking out from underneath the table near a man's feet. The dining room shows classic mid-century modern design from ceiling to floor. Large structural cross beams that support the roof of the house can be seen over the table, and dining area walls use horizontal wooden board-and-batten construction. The floor is polished cut stone. The home was built in 1963 and designed by the architect, Paul A. Thomas III, who taught in the Architecture and City and Regional Planning program at Illinois Institute of Technology. Ken Harley was the original owner from 1963 to 1975; he started the investment firm Harley-Haydon & Co. with partner Robert Haydon in 1934.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:139817
Creation Date:
Creator Name:Boyum, Sid
City:Lodi
County:Columbia
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Sid Boyum Collection
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:PH 6986A.393C
Original Dimensions:5 x 4 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This is one of 6 images in the collection. Also see Image IDs: 139812, 139813, 139821, 139828, and 139834. This home is located at W11288 Cactus Acres Road in Lodi.
SUBJECTS
Men
Smoking
Dogs
Stone walls
Windows
Clothing and dress
Eyeglasses
Neckties
Food
Tableware
Chairs
Dining rooms
Furniture
Interior architecture
Dinners and dining
Indoor photography
Cameras
White collar workers

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