1950s Magazine Mailorder Plans | Live 3D Modeling in SketchUp

“Seven first-floor rooms on a city lot” boasts a headline in the February 1952 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. The Five Star Home Plan Service gave post-war families access to plans, specifications, a contractor-and-owner agreement, and a cost-finding list of materials—all through the mail.

Back then you would have to enclose $5 in a postal money order to the magazine to build from these plans. Today, @TheOnlyAaron can model Five Star Home No. 2202 in a scant couple of hours!

Tune in to see real-time 3D modeling of 72-year-old architectural plans. By the end, Aaron will have a house that “doesn’t look conspicuous in a conservative neighborhood.”

Here’s the article and plan he’ll be working from:



Conversation’s bound to sparkle in the friendly atmosphere of SketchUp Live! See you there!

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2024-07-19T18:00:00Z

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To be clear… it is the plan that is 72 years old… not the modeler…

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Maybe you can model the battery as a warmup. My dad managed a plant for Burgess in the early to mid 60s.

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This sounds like an awesome challenge! Love this type of architecture.

Now, don’t forget the materials :wink:

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This one should be fun and educational, looking forward to it.

In the early 60’s, I worked for a contractor who stick built all his homes from a catalog with nothing more than those floor plans!

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Start from scratch would be my preference Aaron

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Valiant effort… good call.

Sorry. I had a student and I missed the whole thing. Just got on in time to see you sign off. Did you model the battery? :smiley:

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There is no video on the YouTube page for the Friday, July 12 event.

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Thinking it never happened, postponed till next week, hope it was only a tech glitch and all are safe and sound.

Technical problems with the stream. @TheOnlyAaron struggled with it but after an hour the issues were too much and the stream was abandoned - it is going to be re-scheduled for next Friday when I believe it will be started from scratch rather than where he valiantly got to.

The irony of a 1950s analog design being beset by 21st century digital issues could well be the cause of the first wormhole, or possible evidence of the time travelers conundrum.

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Aaron’s modeling computer was working ok, but the machine that looks after the streaming had problems. We were seeing very few frames per second. They do have a few days to get a new computer working well.

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Yeah, as Colin said, it was the streaming machine that had an issue… going to work on it this week and get a solution set up so we can try it again! This time with MORE than three frames per minute!!

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From the beginning?

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Of course!

Given the frame rate improvement, Aaron should get through the hour of work from last week, in the first 10 minutes.

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have you tried clicking repetitively on everything ? or placing the computer in a giant bag of rice ?

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I guess it’s been a while since Trimble has done any human sacrifice.
It’s probably why it stopped working

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