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Hester & Jones' subdivision house for the American Housing Guild

Sunday August 26, 2012

In an effort to identify all of the Hester, Jones & Associates American Housing Guild Subdivision houses, I am compiling information, photographs and addresses HERE.

While writer Susan Morgan was working Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader and, co-curating Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, she discovered a 16mm print of a film by Esther McCoy. Her 1965 film, directed by Buckminster Fuller’s son-in-law Robert Snyder, on Irving Gill’s Dodge House, had been in storage for decades. The restored short film can be viewed HERE.


An example of J. Herbert Brownell's 'Compact House' in Pacific Beach is for sale.
Learn more HERE.

Thursday August 23, 2012

The Huntington just posted a new video, ‘The Maynard Parker Collection’ HERE. The image 'Model House, San Diego 1950' is an A. Quincy Jones 'Sun Villa'!

Rago's 'Discovery' auction online preview goes live today HERE.

Wright's next sale, 'Living Contemporary', happens on September 27. Learn more HERE.

Los Angeles Modern Auction's (LAMA) blog is always a fun read. Check it out HERE.

Sothebys' next (related to this site) auction - Important 20th Century Design - will be held on December 12.

Modernica's blog is always full-up with interesting finds. Check it out HERE.


Homer Delawie Residence #2 in Mission Hills
Photo by Douglas Simmonds

Saturday August 18, 2012

Our good friend Michael Good just posted a nice profile of Kurt Schuette - owner of Homer Delawie's second personal residence. Check it out HERE.

For ART SAN DIEGO 2012, Objects USA will present Maximum SD Vintage, a collection of works made exclusively by local painters and sculptors during the 50s and 60s. While focused on a select group of artists, such as Fred Holle, James Hubbell, Sheldon Kirby, Bob Matheny and Russell Baldwin, Maximum SD Vintage still features a diverse range of works that includes abstract expressionist paintings, hard edge constructions, and sculpture in wrought iron, wood and bronze – all of it local, all of it vintage. Curated by Dave Hampton, Maximum SD Vintage is designed to acquaint collectors with local art history by illuminating some of its most dynamic participants in a relaxed, modern setting, made complete by the furniture of Charles Eames. Learn more HERE.


Greta Grossman on view at The Autry!
Photo by Steve Aldana @ Esoteric Survey

Friday August 17, 2012

New York architecture firm Ike Kligerman Barkley just blogged about us HERE. Architect John Ike is a passionate comrade!

Voice of San Diego writer Kelly Bennett just posted a unique twist on the Timken Museum in Balboa Park. She unfolds a parrallel between the contemporary struggle with the Plaza de Panama remodel and how a modernist building quaked the boots of the City in a similar fashion five decades ago HERE. Also read our article on the Timken HERE.

The Museum of California Design just launched their latest show ‘California’s Designing Women: 1896-1986’ – a new exhibition at The Autry open through January 6, 2013. This unprecedented exhibition focuses on the work of 46 of the many exceptional women who, working state-wide from San Francisco to San Diego, helped define California Design. Check out the Autry site HERE and the MOCAD site HERE.

Fans of Ira Glass' This American Life on NPR may know that he broadcasts from Chicago's WBEZ. WBEZ's blog just profiled Edward Durrell Stone's residence hall at the University of Chicago campus - now that's American living! Check it out HERE.


FOR SALE: Architect Richard 'Dick' Lareau's Ruth Newman Residence (ca. 1963) in Vista.
Photo by George Lyons - courtesy of Dick Lareau.

Saturday August 11, 2012

It's Saturday - and there's much to do!
9:30a - 10a head over to SOHO's 'Clairemont: The Village Within the City event
11a - 3p Clairemont Driving Tour
1p - 4pm Casady Residence Open House at 10010 Shadow Road, La Mesa 91941

On Sunday
1p - 4pm Casady Residence Open House at 10010 Shadow Road, La Mesa 91941


Architect Arthur Decker's Casady Residence (ca. 1961) in Mount Helix.
Photo by Iris Conrad

Wednesday August 8, 2012

San Diego-based master architect Arthur Decker’s showpiece originally commissioned for Daily Californian editor Cy Casady is now publicly available for the first time since being nestled in its wooded, north-facing Mount Helix location. As one of his favorite works, Mr. Decker purchased this unique home from Mr. Casady and would raise his family and enjoy the rest of his life overlooking the El Cajon valley from the residence’s living room-wide wall of glass. This open, bright, expansive example of regional mid-century modernism retains its sleek original flair. As a rarity these days to find such a pristine example of post-War architecture saved from the clutches of remodelers, flippers, and careless owners, this two-owner home is in museum-quality condition – just bring your ideas for furnishing, entertaining, and creating your own store of memories. Learn more HERE.

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