Wednesday, August 27

The Homer Delawie designed Senterfit Residence is up for sale for the first time. The firm of Ruocco Delawie was commissioned by Senterfits while Lloyd Ruocco was travelling in Europe. This house makes an important statement on the nature of San Diego's post-war contemporary architecture. The original clients living in the house until very recently, the house was listed last week and a flurry of offers have already come in. The 1,123 square foot house in University Heights was built in 1961. This well-maintained, original-condition 2-bedroom, 1-bath house is in fantastic, unblemished condition and listed between $575,000-650,000. Contact Modern SanDiego if you are interested in the house.

The first draft of Robert Platt's biography was posted HERE. Many thanks go out to Platt's son Eric. You can read Eric's blog HERE.

Members of the Portland’s MCMLeague ventured down to San Diego for the annual Tiki Oasis. The site staff photographed some MCM architecture in San Diego. Check out the site HERE and the images of San Diego HERE.

Last week the Richard Neutra’s Maxwell Residence (1941) was loaded onto a flatbed truck for a cruise down the Sunset Strip. From Brentwood the 1,700-square-foot house is was relocated to a vacant lot in Angelino Heights by owner Barbara Behm who plans to restore the house and then sell it. Behm bought the house on Ebay. Read more HERE.

Few know about the inventory of regional modernism around New Orleans. Currently facing the biggest threat are 30 area schools built during the 50s — 29 of which are slated for demolition. Read more HERE.

Designed by renowned German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in collaboration with Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Philip Johnson, The Seagram Building is celebrating its 50th birthday/anniversary.  Having opened in 1958, the structure remains the embodiment of its architect's famous observation that "less is more." Read more HERE.

The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry may not be fully open during its refurbishment but it has just hosted a wonderful exhibition on the work of Sir Basil Spence. Check out the article HERE.

FOR SALE: Senterfit Residence by Homer Delawie

Thursday, August 21

If you haven't already, please join the San Diego Architecture Foundation by clicking HERE and tell them MSD sent you.

A great introduction to Ontario, Canada's modernist heritage, including a line back to the Bauhaus, can be read HERE.

Peter Moruzzi, founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, has written his first book, “Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was A Tropical Playground,” about the mid-century modern culture of Cuba. Read more about his efforts HERE.

The owner of the Stanley Marcus Residence (circa 1938), by Dallas architect Roscoe DeWitt, announced he intended to tear it down. Last week he had changed his mind about demolishing the house built by the legendary Dallas retailer and will withdraw an earlier notice of that intent to the Texas Historical Commission. Since 2001 the Marcus house was on a list of Texas landmarks. Mr. Marcus had originally commissioned famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright but fired him after his plans proved too expensive and impractical. Read more HERE.

Walgreens Plans to Save "Landmark" SeaFirst Building built in 1950 instead of razing it for their new store outside of Seattle. “The city's Landmarks Preservation Board determined that the building was indeed a landmark based on its modernist architecture and its embodiment of Sea-First's efforts to modernize and adapt to postwar car culture…Basically a copycat job by local architect John W. Maloney, the bank was inspired by another drive-up SeaFirst branch in Georgetown, designed by modernist J. Lister Holmes…” Read more HERE.

The folks at Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond are launching the"Riverwoods - Mid-Century Modern Homes Bus Tour" for Sunday, September 14. Read more HERE.

Modernist homes on Cape Cod dating back to the 1940s and ’50s are the subject of a new tour. The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is bringing back their Modernist House Tour this coming Sunday, August 24. The event will allow participants to tour several modernist houses in Wellfleet and Truro, including the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman, the Comfort House in Wellfleet, the Lilly Saarinen House, the Grossman Residence and the Hatch Cottage. This tour is organized in conjunction with the Cape Cod Modern House Trust. Read more HERE.

While bicycling up Everview Road in search of John Reed's house for John Chew (1959) I discovered
this house in Linda Vista. While I have yet to confirm the designer, it's well worth checking out at
5024 Plainview Road. According to zillow it was built in 1952.

Thursday, August 14

With less than a mere 3% of our nearly 2,000 monthly visitors to ModernSanDiego contributing a few bucks to the site (the DONATE button is in the upper left of your screen right now), you can support our effort to present the film "My Architect" alongside the San Diego Architecture Foundation on the evening of September 25. Like the library system even if you don't use the site regularly, please make a contribution to sustain the effort for others in the modern community. If you can't make it to the film (the SDAF is asking for a $10 donation on the night of the film separate from any contribution to MSD), your financial support of this site will yield other events in the near future including a special afternoon social gathering/expo we are already planning for the coming weeks.

Half Moon Inn by Hiram Hudson Benedict (1959)

Wednesday, August 13

Historian and adjunct professor at NewSchool Alexander D. Bevil will be presenting a lecture, “Tiki Trek”, on San Diego's Tiki Modern heritage this Sunday at Tiki Oasis. Join us for this FREE event this Sunday, August 17 at the Crown Plaza Hotel (the former Hanalei Hotel), 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego between 10-11 a.m. For more information check out

The Ilan Lael Foundation is hosting "An Evening With American Masters" this Saturday - August 16th. Join furniture craftsman Sam Maloof, artist James Hubbell, and organic architect Ken Kellogg for an evening of cocktails, hors d'oevres, and conversation. The bonus is that Bennet Greenwald and Karan Cooper are hosting the evening at their Ken Kellogg designed home - the Silva Residence (circa 1960). To purchase tickets call 760-765-0171 or email This event is a "benefit fundraiser for the foundation's capital campaign for the archive/education building." See you there!

Following an extensive renovation and restoration of Paul Rudolph's iconic "Art + Architecture Building," Yale School of Architecture will reopen its gallery on August 28 with an exhibition showcasing the work of Hawaii's master architect Vladimir Ossipoff ( 1907-1998 ) at the centennial of his birth. Read more HERE.

Heading down under? A new exhibition, “Modern Times: The untold Story of Modernism in Australia,” exploring how the modernist movement in first half of the 20th century reshaped Australian cities and transformed urban culture is on show at the Powerhouse Museum until February 15, 2009. The exhibition will then tour to Melbourne at Heide Museum of Modern Art (21 March-12 July 2009) and Brisbane at the Queensland State Library (31 July-25 October 2009). Read more HERE.

Blogger Scott Lewis wrote up his tour of Brasilia HERE.

Del Rey Hotel and Apartments (circa 1954) by Ed Killingsworth (Killingsworth, Brady & Smith)

Friday, August 8

BIG NEWS! Thanks to one of our intrepid reporters, ModernSanDiego has discovered an Edward Abel Killingsworth (1917-2004) (of Killingsworth, Brady & Smith of Long Beach) design in San Diego County beyond the Case Study Triad in La Jolla. Included in UC Santa Barbara’s University Art Museum show A Beautiful Nothing: The Architecture of Edward A. Killingsworth (on view through October 12th), is the Del Rey Hotel and Apartments (circa 1954) at 3455 Del Rey Street in Pacific Beach. Aparently the Del Rey was the first hotel apartment building that KBS ever completed. The firm had been primarily residential to that point.

Don't forget to put the next SDAF Movie Night on your calendar. Modern San Diego will sponsor the screening of "My Architect" about Louis Kahn on Thursday, September 25. See you there!

Richard Allen Morris' current exhibition, “Case in View” at the R.B. Stevenson Gallery (in La Jolla), is the artist's first local solo exhibition in four years. And it includes some superb examples, from the mid-1970s, of Morris' wedding of abstract expressionism with minimalism. Read more HERE.

Friends of San Diego Architecture founder Harriet Gill passed away early this morning. Keep her, her family, her colleagues and her passion for local architecture in your heart.

In the upcoming lecture "The Other Hollywood--Modern Architecture and the Los Angeles Film Community," Thomas Hines shows that the prevailing taste in Hollywood, despite popular myth, was not all kitsch and glitz. Certain actors, writers, directors, and producers were sophisticated connoisseurs of the most advanced modern art and architecture. Actor Ramon Navarro's house--designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright--and director Josef Von Sternberg's house, designed by Richard Neutra, were authentic works of art, not merely popular imitations of older styles. On September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Thomas Hines will explore the two dominant branches of architectural modernism: rationalism, and expressionism in the works of Richard Neutra and Lloyd Wright. Learn more HERE.

The Los Angeles Times Home Magazine House - a 1958 magazine spread showcased a “forward-thinking” home by Edward H. Fickett, with interiors by Arthur Elrod - and its current owners are profiled HERE.

The exhibition “Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner” will be on view through October 12, 2008. UCLA’s Hammer Museum site has posted a write up on the show HERE. The Times piece includes a nice slideshow featuring some of Lautner's work. If you're in LA on September 14, you can visit four of Lautner's homes for a cool $145.

The city of Los Angeles will receive $1.9 million in state funding to restore and transform Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (AKA the Aline Barnsdall Residence) in Barnsdall Art Park into a gallery. Project Restore, will oversee the renovation, which is expected to be completed in 2012.

The blog Salton Sea Chronicles posted a short Albert Frey bio HERE.

A 1949 Lustron House has been reconstructed as part of MoMA's exhibition "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling." The show features a chronology of factory-produced architecture from the 19th century to the present, including the work of Buckminster Fuller, as well as reconstructions of both the Lustron and a prefab prototype by French designer Jean Prouvé. Read more HERE.

Warren Platner’s Kent Memorial Library (circa 1972) was saved for the moment as Suffield, Connecticut residents voted down a measure to spend $13.6 million on a new library to take its place. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will keep the Kent Library on its list of most endangered historic structures. Read more HERE.

Continuing on its four-year tour, the exhibition "Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future", the first major museum retrospective of this Finnish-born American architect’s short but prolific career, will be jointly presented in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts September 14, 2008-January 4, 2009. Read more HERE.

Yet another piece has been published on Columbus, Indiana as "a center of Modern architecture". Read the article HERE.

Vandamm House (1958), by MGM set designers (Robert Boyle, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace, and Frank McKelvey), was not a house – but instead an elaborate set for the film “North by Northwest.” Check out stills from the film HERE and HERE.

Film producer and modernist-house collector Michael LaFetra just sold a 1967 house by Case Study architect Thornton Abell for $3,501,500. Only recently had LaFetra bought, renovated and sold a Rudolph M. Schindler house in Sherman Oaks. Read more HERE.

The 3rd Annual Denver Modernism Show opens its doors August 15 - 17, with vendors from across the nation, a full slate of events, entertainment, and a few new surprises.  Read more HERE.

A new car show opens on August 17 at the National Western Complex Hall of Education in Denver titled “Stylish at Any Speed: The Mid-Century Automotive Design Show.” The show is connected to Denver Modernism. Read more HERE.

Can you tell the difference between Eero Saarinen's architecture and that of Disneyland's Tomorrowland? The Walker Art Center's blog has an interesting quiz HERE.

Cuban architect Hilario Candela designed Miami's Marine Stadium in 1962. Closed following Hurricane Andrew with estimated repair costs at $1 million, the building faced demolition until the Dade Heritage Trust voted to give it local landmark status. Read more HERE.

Frank Lloyd Wright's only gas station, one for client Ray Lindholm in Minnesota, is profiled on its 50th birthday HERE.

The Third Church of Christ Scientist, in Washington, DC, is filing a federal lawsuit to overturn locally-imposed historic restrictions, setting up a legal challenge that may redefine local governments’ ability to regulate land use by religious institutions. D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board recently denied the church’s application for a permit to demolish the landmarked Brutalist building. Read more HERE.

The Richards Medical Research Laboratory by architect Louis I. Kahn (circa 1957) in Philadelphia is profiled HERE.




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