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Your Guide

Lyle Boatman, MidMod Design Guy

 Lyle Boatman, Mid-century Modern Design Guy since 1999

Lyle Boatman, Mid-century Modern Design Guy since 1999

Why take an architecture tour from someone without this experience? 

With more than thirty-five years in design, Lyle has a broad perspective on interior design and architecture. Having worked on numerous single and multi-family homes across the USA, five-star hotels and condominium residences on the Mediterranean Coast of Egypt, schools, multi-use and commercial buildings in New Cairo and Istanbul, and the penthouse in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Lyle brings a wealth of experience to every tour. This background provides you with real-time answers to your questions about architecture and interior design. A fun sense of humor, and a talent for explaining complex ideas in understandable ways, makes for a great tour experience for professionals and for the casual observer. See TripAdvisor reviews.

Lyle is a CIDQ certified interior designer (NCIDQ #012073), a retired Professional Member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and also a former member of AIA (American Institute of Architects). Lyle Boatman, Better Design is a professional design services company, offering interior design and architectural design services from offices located at 687 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B, Palm Springs, CA. This is also the HQ for MidMod Design Tour and where you will meet your guide.

 Meet your guide here: 687 North Palm Canyon Drive, at Merito Place.

Meet your guide here: 687 North Palm Canyon Drive, at Merito Place.

This important 1947 building by Albert Frey and John Porter Clark remains visibly modern with its horizontal banded windows indicative of International Style architecture, and its wonderful array of fluted two story windows, wrapping in Streamline Modern fashion, around the corner of the building. Located at the intersection of Merito Place and North Palm Canyon Drive, this building is just across the street from Trio, and also from Jake’s, in the popular North Palm Canyon Palm Springs Uptown Design District. These two nearby restaurants are convenient spots for brunch in conjunction with your tour. 

 
 
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on becoming a midmod design guy

As featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine

A 1953 Mid-Century Modern Cottage re-imagined

Becoming a true MidMod Design Guy happened after falling in love with a 1953 cottage in Grand Rapids, MI. This house was, as the previous owner declared, “a swill pit.” That is, apparently, Midwest slang for what Californians call an “Extreme Fixer!” The carport roof had been modified (remuddled) to fit a tall RV, causing the roof to sag, and leak. A remuddled kitchen, complete with Cathedral style doors (installed with doors upside down; ....I am not making this stuff up!) further disguised the modern gem hidden within. Some careful editing, a huge amount of elbow grease, and a couple years of process made for a stunning reveal, featured in the Metropolitan Home Magazine Winner’s Issue for their famous ‘Home of the Year’ contest.  

 This photo shows the revised kitchen, almost like it was originally planned. Due to years of roof beams sagging, the long-span beams needed shoring up, so a partition with niche separating the entry from the kitchen was devised. An existing temporary post was incorporated into the new counter-top.

This photo shows the revised kitchen, almost like it was originally planned. Due to years of roof beams sagging, the long-span beams needed shoring up, so a partition with niche separating the entry from the kitchen was devised. An existing temporary post was incorporated into the new counter-top.

 The dining area shows the beautiful original redwood tongue and groove paneling. It had been painted avocado green, with a gold ceiling. Citrus stripper (and lots of elbow grease) worked miracles. Beam and ceiling were painted to look like they had been stained; being too-soft to refinish with decent results.

The dining area shows the beautiful original redwood tongue and groove paneling. It had been painted avocado green, with a gold ceiling. Citrus stripper (and lots of elbow grease) worked miracles. Beam and ceiling were painted to look like they had been stained; being too-soft to refinish with decent results.

 This is the view from the backyard, at night, showing the addition built in place of the sagging carport. The long floor to ceiling glass wall in the living room was bathed in air from a long vent for the in-floor heating. This made for a most comfortable glazed room with low-cost technology.

This is the view from the backyard, at night, showing the addition built in place of the sagging carport. The long floor to ceiling glass wall in the living room was bathed in air from a long vent for the in-floor heating. This made for a most comfortable glazed room with low-cost technology.

 
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Education, Finally

NewSchool of Architecture + Design

 Lyle's thesis,  ARCHITECTURevolution

Lyle's thesis, ARCHITECTURevolution

A professional degree in architecture

After some thirty-or-so years in the design field, your tour guide, Lyle Boatman, now has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (Magna Cum Laude, 2012) from NewSchool of Architecture + Design, in San Diego, CA. Lyle’s Valedictory Address was at the beautiful, Brutalist, courtyard (above) of the Salk Institute, designed by Louis I. Kahn. Brutalism is an evolution of modernism deploying raw concrete surfaces and simple forms in design. Architectural Brutalism is a variety of Mid-Century Modern architecture, popular from about 1950 through the 70’s. 

Lyle’s thesis work, entitled ARCHITECTURevolution, is a referendum comprised of evolutionary recommendations for wide collaboration in the field of Architecture.

R Lyle Boatman, Valedictorian Class of 2012, NewSchool of Architecture + Design, gives a sterling address at the graduation ceremonies, Salk Institute, San Diego, CA, June 23, 2012.