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American Housing Guild Subdivision House (1961) by Henry Hester located at 6376 Lake Alturas Avenue.
Photograph by Julius Shulman.


American Housing Guild Subdivision House (1961) by Henry Hester located at 6368 Lake Alturas Avenue.
Photograph by Julius Shulman.


Carl Mueller Residence (1956) by Henry Hester located at 3516 Carleton Street, Point Loma.
Photograph by Julius Shulman


(Carl) Mueller Tuckett Offices (1965) by Henry Hester located at 3442-3444 Hancock Street, Point Loma
Photograph by Julius Shulman.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

While updating a number of pages including biographical pages on William Kesling and Henry Hester, I solved several riddles that have been puzzling me. Years ago when interviewing architectural photographer Julius Shulman about his work in San Diego he showed me several photos to this day I have puzzled over. The photos showed the byproduct of Carl Mueller hiring Henry Hester to build both his home and an office building neaby as well as the American Housing Guild Subdivision House(s). Since then I have wondered where these buildings were located. Armed with only the street addresses (evident in photographs above) I set out on Google and the MLS to locate these projects -- and behold... after some sleuthing around, the addresses! The Mueller home looks to be in good condition - the hardscape still intact - while the commercial building has been given a recent, unfortunate, facelift. The Subdivision House, or model homes, all look to be heavily altered.

I finally added photographs to the article on the Horizon Home contest HERE.

I updated Robert Des Lauriers' page. Check it out HERE.


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Robert Des Lauriers' unbuilt design for Theta Chi Fraternity at San Diego State College.

Monday, December 20, 2010

I updated Russell Forester's page. Check it out HERE.

Elizabeth Courtier's listing of William Kesling's Desert Club in Borrego Springs is in the news. Check out the article HERE. While the price has plummeted from $1.8M to $650K the building is no less special. Read the article and head out for a viewing!

David Skelley's Boomerang For Modern shop blog is a great way to keep abreast of new items coming to the store. Check it daily - and head on down there to see everything first hand. For his shop's 25th anniversary, Skelley published a book about his store to commemorate the occasion. Available in both soft- and hardcover, the 80 page rollercoaster ride is available at the shop. Check it out HERE.

The Hollywood Hills residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million. The steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, sold to bestselling author (he wrote "How We Decide") and lecturer Jonah Lehrer. According to The LA Times Lehrer plans to live in the house and keep it as it was during Shulman's tenure. Shulman, who died at age 98 last year, photographed the work of modernist architects starting with Richard Neutra in 1936. Shulman's 1960 image of Pierre Koenig's glass-clad, cantilevered Case Study House No. 22, which appears to hover over the city lights, is often cited among the most famous architectural photos ever taken in the United States.

One of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and director of Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture for 20 years, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe expressed his modernist vision in the IIT campus, which he designed in the 1940s and 1950s. As the steward of Mies' legacy, IIT is committed to restoring his masterworks. The Mies Van Der Rohe Society has launched a new website showcasing its preservation efforts of the architect's legacy and buildings. Check out the new site HERE.


Wild Bird by Nathaniel Owings (ca. 1958)


Wild Bird by Nathaniel Owings (ca. 1958)


Wild Bird by Nathaniel Owings (ca. 1958)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ever drive south on PCH through Big Sur and see a glint of sun coming off an A-frame home perched on the edge of the bluffs 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean? We sure have. Recently restored/remodeled and offered for short-term vacation rentals, "Wild Bird" was designed by San Francisco architect, Nathaniel A. "Nat" Owings (Skidmore Owings & Merrill). Following its completion Time Magazine described "Wild Bird" as the most beautiful house on the most beautiful site in the U.S. Owings built "Wild Bird" as a permanent home at Big Sur in 1958. In the early 1960s, he and his wife joined neighbors in organizing to limit development along the scenic highway of California Route 1. This small step into the world of political activism led to Owings further involvement in conversation and preservation campaigns. For more information contact Thomas S. MacNish at rreeves3@bellsouth.net

Adam Lindemann’s latest for Tasche, Collecting Design, grew out of the process of furnishing his home. "Art collectors like myself who hung beautiful contemporary paintings on their walls suddenly saw their furniture look sad and tired," Lindemann writes in his preface. Collecting Design tells all about an addictive occupation, vintage pieces vs. limited editions, the big names and what to keep an eye on, all from the perspective of a passionate collector meeting market luminaries for in-depth conversations—his fellow collectors (Bruno Bischofberger, Michael Boyd, Peter Brant, Dennis Freedman, Reed Krakoff, Ronald Lauder, Rachel Lehmann), the dealers (Anthony DeLorenzo, Suzanne Demisch, Barry Friedman, Clémence and Didier Krzentowski, Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman, Murray Moss, Patrick Seguin, Alasdhair Willis), select tastemakers (Jacques Grange, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Marino, Robert Rubin, Ian Schrager, Axel Vervoordt), and auction experts (Philippe Garner from Christie’s, Alexander Payne from Phillips de Pury, Richard Wright, James Zemaitis from Sotheby’s). Pick up a copy HERE.

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