1956 Architectural Theme Park Brought to Life with Modern Technology

Trystcraft is bringing new life to a planned architectural theme park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Homestyle Center would have been a major mid-century attraction, and recent findings make it possible to view 3D renderings of planned projects by architects like Paul Rudolph, George Nelson and Alden Dow.

Kalamazoo, MI, December 13, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Modern Renderings of Homestyle Center Architecture.

1956 Planned Project in Grand Rapids Brought to Life With Modern Technology.

In 1956, the Home Research Foundation Inc. of Grand Rapids made plans to establish an architectural theme park in the area now occupied by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Among the architects that contributed to the project are Paul Rudolph, Alden Dow of Midland, Michigan, George Nelson and Buckminster Fuller. Today, newly discovered floor plans make it possible to imagine some of these projects in 3D, with the help of modern technological advance.

Tim Hills, of Trystcraft, restores and sells mid-century modern furniture. Architecture and design go hand in hand, and he says of the project, “It’s incredible to see that Grand Rapids was chosen as the site for such a groundbreaking project. If it was completed, it would have highlighted the already impressive architectural sites right here in Michigan.”

Hills spent time researching the Homestyle Center, which was ultimately cancelled due to financial issues back in 1956. Through the help of the resources at the Grand Rapids Public Library, he was able to find a floor plan for one of the most impressive planned projects, a residence by architect Paul Rudolph.

Using a vintage floor plan, renderings from the 1950s and modern software like Sketchup and SUPodium, Tim Hills was able to bring to life this Paul Rudolph home. Full details, original resources and a video rendering of the project can be found at: https://www.trystcraft.com/single-post/2017/12/06/Rendering-Paul-Rudolphs-1956-Lost-Design

Trystcraft is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Selling vintage mid-century modern furniture, they have an eye for interesting design, architecture and style. More information can be found at trystcraft.com.

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