Although there seemed to be less publicity for the second Commencement Home, the second home designed and built collaboratively by students, architects, professionals, and Woman's College was featured in the October 1959 issue of Living for Young Homemakers.
|Cover of the October 1959 issue of Living for Young HomeMakers|
The article (titled, "a house with a college DIPLOMA"[sic]) describes the course in Residential Design as giving Woman's College's "art and home economics students the practical experience of planning a home from foundation to furnishings." The students were "assigned to committees undertaking specific study in orientation, space planning, electrical, mechanical and plumbing potential." Because the houses were always meant to be sold, students were given budgets that were realistic and marketable. The target budget for the 1959 Commencement House was placed at approximately $24,000. Apparently the price was right, since the house was immediately sold to Mr. and Mrs. Hinsdale in 1959.
Design principles laid out by the WC students included: areas zoned for family activities, stepsaving traffic pattern, visual spaciousness beyond actual square footage, easy maintenance, dramatic lighting, and climate-conditioning. Some of these principles are apparent in the house plan, which show well-separated living and sleeping areas, as well as a sunken living room, which helps to delineate the more formal dining room from the living room.
|1959 Commencement Home Plan (p. 159 Living for Young HomeMakers October, 1959)|
|Living and Dining Rooms (p. 158 Living for Young HomeMakers October, 1959)|
The exterior of the home also exhibits the design principles of dramatic lighting, easy maintenance, and climate-conditioning.
|(p. 183 Living for Young HomeMakers October, 1959)|
|Greensboro Daily News March 30, 1959|
We are fortunate to have in our archives a picture of the student designers alongside their 1959 Commencement Home.
|1959 Commencement Home with WC students with Edward Loewenstein (UNCG University Archives)|
|1959 Commencement Home in a 2010 photograph (photo from Guilford County Tax Department, Real Property Search website: http://taxcama.guilfordcountync.gov/camapwa/SearchProperty.aspx)|