House of Good Taste Pavilion

Three fully furnished houses, traditional, contemporary and modern, were on exhibition in the homemakers' center. The buildings were sponsored by a score of building, decorator and housewares companies. Their aim was to provide visitors with a yardstick of home building and decorating standards. In addition there was a stripped down house that enabled visitors to look into the walls and see secrets of construction that were ordinarily invisible.

Traditional House - This house of white plastic clapboard, with terrace and swimming pool, was an adaptation of a rambling New England farmhouse. It had three bedrooms and displayed such features as a party room with indoor barbecue fireplace and a kitchen with a sewing nook.

Contemporary House - Sliding-glass walls and a living room skylight made a house of both light and space. Furnishings were both antique and contemporary. There was a separate family room and in the garage, a Finnish steam bath and dressing room. Most of the rooms opened onto sun-decks, and the grounds had three pools and a summer house.

Modern House - Edward Durell Stone's "inward looking" house was designed for the suburban lot with the house enclosing the grounds to ensure privacy. A patio was in each corner, and a garden in the center under a glass dome. The 36 foot long living room was hung with modern American paintings on loan from museums, galleries and artists.

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