BLOG ARCHIVE - August 2006

Thursday August 31st, 2006

San Diego's only design by Craig Ellwood, The Bobertz Residence (1955), is in the news. Click here to read the article.

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Wednesday August 30th, 2006

The Los Angeles Times has published an article on architect Eugene Weston III. Click here to read the article.

Sunday August 27th, 2006

Modern San Diego stretched its wings yesterday to help the Architecture and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum learn more about San Diego's mid-century and contemporary architecture. While photos will be posted shortly, we visited projects by Russell Forester, RM Schindler, Loch Crane, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, Henry Hester and Jonathan Segal. As expected, the houses were amazing, the architects (Crane, Kellogg and Segal) that joined us were even better.

While in La Jolla, I drove by Silver Ship and continue to be intrigued by it. What little I know, is from the site Architecture For Sale. If you know anything or have photos, please send along.

The Silver Ship, 1699 Nautilus, La Jolla, by Eugene Ray
`The Silver Ship`a La Jolla landmark designed by noted architect and professor, Eugene Ray has been celebrated in international publications in France, Italy and Japan. The three story home is a clear span structure, vertical in design and made of unconventional materials. It is tucked into the hillside with expansive views of the ocean and verdant hillside across the canyon. This four bedroom one and a half bath home has a flexible floor plan (one bedroom currently being used as a library); built in awnings for mood and shade and natural native plants surround the house and hillside. Not for faint-hearted or the conventional, this artistic home will appeal to the buyer who dares to be different. $965,000. Contact Sarah Harris.

Thursday August 24th, 2006

Dates for your calender:

August 31 - new issue of local glossy SD HOME to feature Craig Ellwood's Bobertz Residence (1955).

LAMA is accepting consignments now for the FALL 2006 auction. "The deadline is August 30th or sooner once we receive 400 lots."

Wright has several upcoming auctions:
Mass Modern - 9.16.06
Modern + Contemporary Design - 10.10.06
Books on Modernism - 10.12.06

SOLLO RAGO Modern Auction
Saturday/Sunday, October 21/22 at 12 pm

Wednesday August 23rd, 2006

Objects USA Announces First Exhibit And Sale

Objects USA, an online gallery and resource for mid-century art and design, celebrates its one-year anniversary with “Objects: In Person,” an exhibit of items featured on  A preview and reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 pm, and the show and sale will occur on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Tuesday August 22nd, 2006

Tour of U.C. San Diego’s Mid-Century Architecture

Modernist Architecture committees from Save Our Heritage Organisation and San Diego Architecture Foundation have joined forces to present the first event celebrating UC San Diego’s modernist architecture. “Masters of San Diego Modern Architecture: Muir College, UCSD” is the first of several such forums and tours of post-War architecture atop the La Jolla mesa.  Modern architecture enthusiasts will gather together on Saturday, September 30th to view the modernist structures on the Muir College campus and hear from several of the original architects.

Monday August 21st 2006

Congratulations to the new owners, of Homer Delawie's Goldzband Residence (1964), Michael Nalu and Kristin Spoon, on obtaining the first Historical Designation for a Delawie building.

Wednesday August 16th 2006

Updated Rhoda Lopez biography posted.

Tuesday August 15th 2006

Henry Hester biography posted.

Monday August 14th 2006

With Todd's encouragement, I have published two preservation lists -- "Most Threatened" and "Most Missed" lists outline only the beginning of efforts to save some of San Diego's modernist heritage. I welcome comments, additions, corrections etc.

Modern San Diego's Most Threatened Designs in San Diego

1. Fine Arts Gallery Balboa Park (1966)
Balboa Park, Mosher & Drew
*Committee of 100 favors demolition

2. San Diego Stadium (1967)
9449 Friars Road, Frank Hope Associates, designer: Garry Allen
* City of San Diego and Chargers discussing demolition

3. Timken Museum Balboa Park (1965)
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, Frank Hope, Lighting by Richard Kelly
*Committee of 100 favors its demolition

4. Robertson, Tom and Elizabeth Residence (1942)
4245 Randolph, Lloyd Ruocco
*Francis Parker School has badly corrupted integrity of this historic site where San Diego’s modernists socialized

5. Delawie Architectural Office Building (1962)
2827 Presidio Drive, Homer Delawie
*Building has changed hands, future uncertain

6. Highways Building (1953)
4050 Taylor Street, CJ Paderewski
*Old Town Expansion and Cal Trans moving out make for uncertain future

7. Hillcrest North Medical Building (1965)
550 Washington Street, Deems & Lewis
*First floor and landscape badly corrupted in 2004/2005

8. Grossmont Spec House (1968)
Wakarusa, Lloyd Ruocco
*Property has changed for first time since construction, now owned by local developer

9. Ernst, Anselem A. Residence (1962)
1425 Phillips Street, Vista, Gregory Ain
*Property changed hands, new owner intends to remodel site

10. Tucker, Sadler & Bennett Offices (1962)
2411 Second Avenue, Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
*TSB moved out of this building recently after neglecting its original landscape design over the years

11. Green Dragon Colony (1950)
1260 Prospect, Robert Mosher
*Over the decades this property has changed owners and use

12. Oxley Residence (1958)
9302 La Jolla Farms Road, Richard Neutra
*House was badly corrupted by current owners.

Modern San Diego's Most-Missed Demolished Designs in San Diego

1. Hvistindahl Sun Villa Home (1950)
3021 North Evergreen, A. Quincy Jones
*Demolished in 2000 then immediately flipped for profit

2. IlCavo / Ruocco Residence (1941)
Lloyd Ruocco
*Demolished to allow for expansion of Highways 8 and 125

3. Mission Valley Cinerama Movie Theater
Camino Del Rio North, Tucker Sadler & Bennett
*Demolished in 2003 to build condo development

4. Case Study House B (1960)
2343 Rue De Anne, Killingsworth, Brady and Smith
*Badly corrupted by owners

5. Starlite Roof Restaurant & Bar (1957)
702 Ash St, C.J. Paderewski
*This remodel of The El Cortez Hotel was removed by current owners

6. San Diego International Airport (1967)
3665 N. Harbor Drive, Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean
*Interior courts have been removed, building has lost all of its indoor-outdoor connections and open airy floor plan.

7. Bruce Folsom Residence (1967)
3208 Lucinda Street, Sim Bruce Richards
*Demolished by current owners in January 2006

8. Dr. Larry Fine Medical Building (1970)
3060 5th, Sim Bruce Richards
*Demolished in 2004 by current owners

9. Islandia Hotel and Restaurant (1961)
1441 Quivira Road, Liebhardt & Weston
*Badly corrupted landscape and structures

10. Associated General Contractors (1960)
404 Camino Del Rio South, Richard George Wheeler
*Demolished in 2005 by current owners (Vet Hospital?)

11. Circle Arts Theater (1961)
Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Richard George Wheeler

12. Northcutt Residence (1949)
805 1st Street, Coronado, Llloyd Ruocco
*Demolished in August 2006

13. Lek, Dr. & Mrs. Lodewijk Residence (1942)
1600 Mecca Drive, Harwell Hamilton Harris
*Demolished immediately following restoration

14. St Marks Lutheran Church (1961)
300 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, Walter Hagadone
*Demolished by Scripps Health to build a parking lot

15. Paderewski Residence #1
Mt. Soledad, La Jolla

16. New York World's Fair Christian Science Pavilion (1964)
16315 Pomerado Road, Poway, Edward Durrell Stone
*Demolished in June 2006

Friday August 11th 2006

It's official - Richard George Wheeler's page is up. Oh, and a Craig Ellwood in L.A. is up for sale -- only $4.3M.

Tuesday August 8th 2006

Just off the phone with Maryann Bonini (Vincent Bonini's widow). She added clarity to a few things, so I updated his bio. Also Design Within Reach (393 7th Avenue) is showing the Eames Films:

Eames Film Festival
Tuesday, August 29, 6–8pm
The legacy of Ray and Charles Eames extends far beyond their classic furniture pieces. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to design long before that was the norm, the Eameses created over 100 short films between 1950 and 1982. Join DWR, in conjunction with the Eames Foundation and Herman Miller for the Home®, as we celebrate their film legacy. Our film festival includes a screening of seven films and a presentation from Bern Styburski, executive director of the Eames Foundation. Refreshments will be served.


Saturday August 5th 2006

After my third visit with the retired architect, Richard John Lareau's page is up. I spent yesterday with Richard George Wheeler's widow visiting their 1960 house and gathering research materials. His page will be up shortly -- including his views on architecture from the 1940s and excerpts from his unpublished autobiography.


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