Professional Building at 2144 El Cajon Boulevard designed by San Diego architect Jack Lewis (ca. 1946-47). According to one source, "It was one of the earliest modern buildings in San Diego just after the war. In local architectural circles it was a pretty big deal because it was published in Architectural Record or Architectural Forum."

Friday August 27, 2010

Our friend, architect and artist Herb Turner died August 16 of a stroke at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. He was 84. Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday (8/28) at one of his designs - South Fair at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. A reception immediately follows. Read his obituary HERE.

Despite some effort by SOHO, and an absence of any effort by the City of San Diego, the 1936 downtown Ford dealership building by Walter Dorwin Teague, was razed by the Salvation Army. Widely recognized as a non-profit, the SA's property rights have distinct protection from community rebuttal as a religious organization. With only a handful of Teague designs in the County, including a few gas stations (which have been heartily modified) and the 1935 Ford Building in Balboa Park, it is hard to consider the hoilday bell-ringers as part of our community any longer. With the building gone, the SA plans to host .... drum roll please... a parking lot on the site. Cry into your coffee (and consider a boycott or something) by reading Showley's piece HERE.

Two of Frank Lloyd Wright's four concrete textile block homes in Los Angeles remain for sale after 'languishing' on the market in search of new owners who 'take on the responsibility' by purchasing them. Pricing of La Miniatura, in Pasadena, in the last two years, has dropped from $7,733,000 to $4,995,000 while the Ennis House (in Los Feliz) went on the market last summer at $15 million. The price has since dropped to $7,495,000, not counting a projected $6 million the buyer should be ready to spend on maintenance. Read the LA Times cover story HERE.

John Lautner's Shusett Residence (ca. 1951) in Beverly Hills is deep in controversy. Its long-time
owner now wants to demolish it. Read more HERE.

The Moore House (by Lloyd Wright, 1959) in Palos Verdes Estates is also up for demolition.
The recent purchaser's rationale reportedly is that he wants to build a more conserative home
that is in keeping with the predominately Italianate and neo-Spanish Revival homes of the area.
Read about his claims to not understand its design, and the value of Lloyd Wright's work HERE
and HERE and HERE and HERE.

Sunday August 22, 2010

The Los Angeles Times recently profiled the last living Case Study House architect - Beverley Thorne. His 1963 Case Study House No. 26 in San Rafael, CA still standing, Thorne continues to work at age 85. Read more HERE.

Sim Bruce Richards Discovery: While I have gone on the record stating that Sim Bruce
Richards' first project in San Diego was his (ca. 1947 design for his own) home on Albion
Street (for sale HERE), I have to stand corrected. Even after discovering a published drawing
for a project he drew for William Templeton Johnson's firm in 1946, I just discovered that this
1942 home at 2735 Azalea, a home for his mother and stepfather, predates them all. It is
obviously more conservative than his other homes...

Monday August 16, 2010

While I have posted on the topic since last June, I am (still) earnestly trying to track down the whereabouts of the many adobe homes designed by Jack and Larry Weir (as Weir Bros.). If you know of one, please drop me a line so I can add it to the list HERE.

If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, consider heading over to LACMA. Currently on view (through September 12) is “John Baldessari: Pure Beauty” a long overdue retrospective featuring 150 works spanning the artist's career from 1962 to the present day, and include works on canvas, photography, videos and artist's books. Learn more HERE.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions has started posting some items from their forthcoming (in October) auction on their blog HERE.

Mingei International Museum has decided to join a consortium of Southern California cultural institutions for a major initiative - "Pacific Standard Time'. The Mingei has launched a placeholder page HERE only stating "Pacific Standard Time, San Diego 1945-1980" will launch in October, 2011. Be sure to stay abreast of this topic --it's going to be the best exhibition to arrive in our town in many years. More information on the entire project's genesis can be found HERE.

UNBUILT SAN DIEGO: John DeKock Residence (ca. 1962) by Leonard Veitzer
was planned for a hilltop lot in Ranchita. Divorce stalled plans to build.

Wednesday August 4, 2010

Did you know that after WWII Ramona's Lemurian Fellowship spread the gospel of modernism AND “…ancient wisdom they trace back to civilizations on the lost continents of Mu and Atlantis.” Learn about their vision for craft and MOMA's interest in their 'Good Design' in Dave Hampton's latest piece for Angela Carone's 'Culture Lust' blog HERE.


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