Keep Dallas Observer Free

No Lie, This Party on Pinocchio Drive Put the "Mod" in Mid-Century Modern

Saturday afternoon, I picked up the boy from a schoolmate's house that sits across Pinocchio Drive from the mid-century modern masterpiece that, I discovered later, belongs to graphic designer Carlos Cardoza. Normally I'd never knock on a stranger's door to inquire about the doings within -- then again, most houses don't have a Big Boy statue installed next to the backyard pool, all clearly visible from the street. I had but one question for Cardoza, who generously invited the missus, the boy and myself inside for a tour, to which he replied: Yes, as far as he knows, that is the Big Boy that used to sit at the corner of Marsh and Forest Lanes. I spent the better part of my childhood climbing on that very statue, God rest Kip's checkered soul.

As it turned out, Cardoza and his partner were prepping for the night's shindig: a Mod party for which invitees were to turn up decked out in their retro best. Since Danny Hurley knows both Cardoza, sort of, and the Mod set, most definitely, I asked him to shoot the soiree for Unfair Park. The timing was most fortuitous: Cardoza told us the house appears in the Summer 2009 issue of Atomic Ranch magazine, which should hit newsstands today. And, sure enough, yesterday the Portland-based magazine posted to the Web this sneak preview.

Danny's slide show is here. So very, very, very jealous.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.