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Russell & Eleanor Forester Residence #2.

Thursday August 25, 2011

Does anyone know what happened to The Church of Religious Science that stood at Georgia & Polk in University Heights? The structure was the 2nd hyperbolic parabaloid roof/structure in San Diego following Robert Des Lauriers’ Carlton Hills Lutheran Church (ca. 1960). The Church of Religious Science, by architect Stanley Ring, reportedly seated nearly 1,000 attendees in a very expansive space focused on the roof soaring high above the altar.

Prior to its destruction in June 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design – the structure had sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. Watch the film ‘A Plea for Modernism’ about the school HERE.

I just launced a new page profiling the firm Wulff & Fifield HERE.


Architect Robert Platt at Sharp Hospital in 1953. Photo courtesty of the Platt Family Archives.

Saturday August 20, 2011

Jess & I were curators for 100 Works of Art to See Before You Die in San Diego. Read more HERE.Try to guess the 20 we added to the pile!

On October 9, LAMA is hosting a 'one-owner auction' The Collection of Richard Dorso: Collecting in Los Angeles 1945-1980. See more HERE.

On October 6, Wright is hosting their 'Modern Design' auction. See more HERE.

On October 2, Rago is hosting their 'Modern Design' auction. Online catalog to be posted HERE on September 16.

Did you know that throughout 2011, the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) Conservation Center is developing a comprehensive plan for the long-term preservation of the Watts Towers? Learn more HERE.

We're looking forward to LACMA's upcoming show California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way on view starting October 1. Learn more HERE. California Design and the Mingei's Craft Revolution show, also opening in October, are part of Pacific Standard Time.


The Lynn and Danah Fayman Residence #1 by Russell Forester (ca. 1962)

Wednesday August 17, 2011

Our good friend Dave Hampton has been sourced by the Phoenix New Times in their profile of artist Dick Seeger HERE.

In addition to Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, India our international archi-tourism adventure/dream-vacation is Brasilia. Read the latest about restoring Oscar Niemeyer's City HERE.

Are you joining us at the Craft Revolution party on 9/11? Details are HERE.


The Lloyd and Betty Russell Residence #2 (at 7651 Hillside Drive) by Russell Forester circa 1962

Wednesday August 10, 2011

Our church mystery was solved by Robert Des Lauriers. Ward Deems (Deems Martin Associates) designed Christ The King Lutheran Church circa 1959 for Pastor Christianson. In 1999 the facility was sold to Saint Ephrem Church who operates from the facility today. In addition to photographing several other Deems projects, George Lyons captured 'The King' upon its opening, including the original Russell Forester-designed crucifix.


So.... Where is this church? On the backside of this photograph Deems Martin Associates is credited.
The image, by photographer George Lyons (ca. 1960), captures the context Russell Forester's suspended crucifix hangs within.

Monday August 8, 2011

Planning out your January calendar? Please make room for Modern San Diego’s forthcoming public outing ‘Modernist Morning: A Chat with Robert Mosher and Keith York’ during the morning of January 21st, 2012. More details to come…

Now that Eero Saarinen’s (1957) J. Irwin Miller Residence in Columbus, IN is open for tours, you can expect images to hit Flickr and Facebook as tours have already hosted nearly 3,000 folks since spring. Just beyond the storybook partnership of awidely lauded architect and a post-war industrialist client, sits the home’s inspired grounds by landscape architect, Daniel Urban Kiley. Read more HERE.

Quite possibly you've missed the story behind Eileen Gray's E1027 House and the role Le Corbusier plays, as a central character, in the home's storied past. Learn more (or read about it again, as the story never gets old) HERE.


Modern San Diego is a presenting sponsor of this event and San Diego's CRAFT REVOLUTION at Mingei International Museum.
Please join us at this launch event at an amazing home replete with fantastic art and craft...
We will continue to post updates connected to the show that runs October 15 through April 2012.

Thursday August 4, 2011

Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence. Read more HERE.

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