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MODERN SAN DIEGO REAL ESTATE: The John F. O'Laughlin Residence designed by Loch Crane in 1962
Photograph by Darren Bradley

High in the La Jolla hills be prepared to be transported back to the era of mid-century elegance as you enter the John F. O’Laughlin Residence, designed by architect Loch Crane in 1962. Through the careful use of indoor-outdoor spaces, Loch Crane, a student of Frank LLoyd Wright, designed this unique home for a client seeking privacy and serenity while at the same time enveloping the home and garden with a panoramic 180 degree ocean view.  Blue water views beckon from each room including the master bedroom. The house features large picture windows, and high, light wooden ceillings throughout, and a magnificent floor plan. This unique example of Crane’s work is in pristine condition and has not been structurally modified. Fixture and appliance upgrades  harmonize with the home's mid-century design. The home’s second, and last, owner lovingly cared for it since 1968. Available for sale (for $1,800,000) or lease ($3,950/month). 

Come visit our next open house on Wednesday, May 2 between 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 5972 Avenida Chamnez 92037

Friday April 27, 2012

What are the odds that Baghdad Gymnasium designed by Le Corbusier in 1957 would survive decades of war? Grad student Caecilia Pieri discovered the forgotten structure in 2005 while working on her thesis on modern architecture in Baghdad. Reporting her findings to the authorities, the building is now engaging a wider public worldwide. Read more HERE.

Sam Lubell, author of Julius Shulman Los Angeles, posted a nice self-guided tour of key Los Angeles landmarks made famous through the deceased architectural photographers’ lens. Follow his path HERE.


Helen and Russell Rait Residence (1955) by Clyde Hufbauer. Photo by Iris Conrad

Tuesday April 10, 2012

The Mingei blog hit it out of the park this week as Martha E. stepped back from exhibitions to consider a myriad of connections one doesn't grasp on first view. Walk through LACMA's and Mingei's Pacific Standard Time contributions HERE.

We hope you had a chance to view 'Mid-Century Modern in San Diego' on KPBS. If you missed the debut screening, repeats are scheduled on April 12 at 11:30pm, the 15th at 3:00am and 12:00pm, as well as April 29th at 11:30 pm (all on KPBS-TV). Set the DVR or you can view it online HERE.


George and Ann (Revelle) Shumway Residence (1955) by Russell Forester in Scripps Estates Associates
Photo by Iris Conrad

Saturday April 7, 2012

SET THE DVR: KPBS-TV series San Diego's Historic Places’ next episode is titled ‘Mid-Century Modern In San Diego’. Featuring a look at a few homes by Sim Bruce Richards, John Mock and Craig Ellwood, the survey of our little niche debuts on Monday, April 9 at 9pm.

With Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y. in peril, The Times took the opportunity to outline why modernist structures are not long for this world HERE.

I posted draft pages on Dean Vickery's work HERE and Eugene Ray's HERE. If you know more about their projects, let me know HERE.

Rago is holding its next Discovery auction on Friday, April 20. Check out the catalog HERE.

Wright is hosting their Living Contemporary auction on April 26. Check out the catalog HERE.

Save the Date(s) - Sotheby's Important 20th Century Design auction will be on June 13 and LA Modern Auctions' online catalog goes live on April 20 HERE.


Rob Roy Jr. and Mabel Bittmann Residence (1955) by Rob Roy Jr.in Scripps Estates Associates
Photo by Iris Conrad

Wednesday April 4, 2012

“Contemporary Art Wins a Beachhead: The La Jolla School of Arts 1960-64,” now on view at Oceanside Museum of Art, is a tribute to the Art Center’s school, which only lasted four years, but paved the way for what is now MCASD-LJ. Curated by Dave Hampton, an expert in mid-20th-century California art and design, this is the kind of show you might have seen at the Art Center 50 years ago. Read more HERE.

Thanks to Curbed LA and Paradise Leased, I learned of the Joseph C. Schumacher Residence (ca. 1956) by architect Philmer J. Ellerbroek. Not only is the house interesting, but how often is it that you learn of yet another architect you never heard of… Check out the Curbed article HERE and the Paradise Leased piece HERE.

 

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