Ranch Dressing

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Image copyright Atomic Ranch, 2008.

When I first saw the title of this magazine, it reminded me of an early scene in the new Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull movie where a key character (not saying who, but guess) survives a nuclear explosion. But according to the magazine's media kit, Atomic Ranch "celebrates midcentury houses—from 1940s ranch tracts to 1960s architect-designed modernist homes. With an emphasis on affordable solutions and homeowner renovations, our quarterly magazine shows you how to make your house cool, both inside and out." In other words, it showcases my favorite kind of architecture. Mid-century modern houses were once the common face of 1950s' American living; now they're considered historical structures worthy of preservation.

The magazine looks as cool as the houses it covers, and is available at Barnes&Noble and other general bookstores nationwide. A single issue sells for $6.95; a yearly subscription (which comes out 4 times a year) is $19.95 in the U.S. The site also has a few excerpts of articles of the current issue available in PDF format.


  1. This looks terrific, i will have to look for this...Our first house was a 1950s semi-detached split-level bungalow, and I loved it. I miss that house!

  2. Oooo, sounds like you had my dream house, Lidian. I would love to find an affordable one around here.


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