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Palomar College's Boehm Gallery facade. Artist behind the brick facade is a mystery.
If you have any information on the designer of this, please drop me a line HERE.

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Thank you all for emailing in your recollections of the Copper Penny. I found THIS Lemon Grove Patch piece on College Grove Shopping Center outlining the retailers launching the mall in 1959.

One of these days, when I get around to it, I need to properly catalog the many unique things that make the Palomar College campus worth visiting (for fans of modern design). While the eye will be drawn to the Buckminster Fuller-esque planetarium dome and the brick facades of the many original buildings (all by Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean ca. 1958-1960), the unique gardens, fountains, covered and exposed walkways, and the wonderful wood clock tower really make the campus worth a weekend morning stroll. Visually arresting, the Boehm Gallery façade brick mural/mosaic (pictured above) is only referenced as “… brick-work design on the side of the building is the result of an artist who rescued a number of oddly-shaped and misfired bricks to create a unique design for the Boehm building” on the college's site. Additionally, for all that know of Dave ‘Take Five’ Brubeck’s contribution to jazz, were you aware of his brother, Howard Brubeck’s, role in the community? From hiring San Diego architect Richard Lareau to design his wonderful home in La Mesa, to Palomar College’s Howard Brubeck Theatre (built ca. 1979), the Brubeck name has a fantastic place in local history. Howard spent much of his professional years as a music instructor and music department chairman for the campus. For the time being, drive up to San Marcos and have a look.


Happy Holidays from all of us at Modern San Diego!
Pictured: The Escondido Village Mall, by Tucker Sadler, where we shopped as kids

Friday December 21, 2012

Do you know the whereabouts of the Copper Penny? Daniel Arthur Munns, Jr. designed San Diego’s Copper Penny Restaurant (ca. 1960) from his Botich & Munns office in Anaheim. The USC grade (1952) only designed few San Diego projects, instead focusing efforts in Monrovia, Anaheim, Buena Park and Long Beach. I am trying to locate the site where this stood/stands. If you have any information, please drop me a line HERE.

I am looking for any information on Delmar Stuart Mitchell. The San Diego-based architect was born in Des Moines, IA on August 6, 1916 and attended the University of Washington between 1934-39. Following his role as a draftsman for Frank Hope (1946), he joined the San Diego Chapter of the AIA in 1948 – the same year he became partner in Paderewski, Mitchell, Dean & Assocs. Please let me know if you have any resources outlining Mr. Mitchell's life/work. I posted draft bio of him HERE. If you have any information, please drop me a line HERE.

I am also looking for any insight into the life/work of architect Ed Malone. Here is what I know: Edward Clyde Malone was born in Oakland, CA on June 1, 1930 – two decades prior to serving as a Sargent in the Marines. He secured his BA in Architecture from USC in 1958 following fellowships with Victor Gruen (1957) and at A.C. Martin (1957). Prior to launching E.C. Malone Architect in 1961, Ed worked as a Designer for Paderewski Mitchell & Dean (1958), and Architect for Deems Martin Associates (1959).  Mr. Malone ‘moonlighted’ as Jones & Malone (1958-1960) before hanging out his own shingle. Ed joined the San Diego Chapter of the AIA in 1961, one year after starting work at Tavares Development (1960) as a Project Architect. During several years of his active career, Mr. Malone served as an instructor at Palomar College. I posted draft bio of him HERE. If you have any information, please drop me a line HERE.


Ray Eames circa 1950 - as shot by LIFE magazine

Sunday December 16, 2012

This past week Ray Eames would have turned 100 - and the web lit up like an xmas tree. The Eames Office hosted a party HERE, Time Magazine posted vintage LIFE photos HERE and Herman Miller posted some great shots HERE and on and on...just Google her...

But the BIG Ray Eames news is the forthcoming exhibit Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design opening February 23. Learn more HERE.


Glass House by Philip Johnson - as shot by Ezra Stoller

Friday December 14, 2012

Ezra Stoller was an architecture student at NYU when he bought his first camera in the late 1930s. Over the course of the next several decades, Stoller would become known for photographing buildings, rather than designing them. His shots of modern masterpieces like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Guggenheim Museum often helped those structures attain their iconic status. Stoller’s work is collected in a new book, Ezra Stoller: Photographer, published by Yale University Press, is the first complete survey of Stoller’s career, during which he took nearly 50,000 photographs. It’s currently on sale at Amazon.

Ammo Books, the same publisher behind last year’s text, Alexander Girard, has just released Eames: Beautiful Details. The new book covers Charles & Ray Eames’ explorations in textiles, product, graphic design, toys, film, and photography. Read and see more HERE.

For the spring 2013 issue of CA-Modern magazine, the editors would like to profile serious art collectors who live in modern homes. If you’re interested, contact editor Dave Weinstein before January 5, 2013.


Evelyn Ackerman working outdoors in 1954

Wednesday December 5, 2012

Last Wednesday Evelyn Ackerman passed away at her home in Culver City. Read her amazing LA Times obituary HERE. If you are not familiar with her life and work, David Keeps authored a wonderful retrospective on her HERE.

Oscar Niemeyer, the architect whose soaring buildings form the heart of Brasilia, the instant modernist capital built in the wilds of Brazil in the late 1950s, has died. He was 104. Read his obituary HERE.

USC's alumni news just profiled architect (from the class of '49) William Krisel HERE.

There's no denying how I feel about Craig Ellwood's work and Case Study Houses in general. To this day with each new blog reference, or even a pinterest or tumblr escapade on Ellwood's Case Study Houses, I get excited. Check out MidCenturyHome's profile of his CSH #18 HERE.

One year after its original publication, one of our intrepid web crawlers found James Newland's profile of Lloyd Ruocco and La Mesa town planning. We offer it as a not-to-be-missed read on our local modernist history HERE.

Modern Vancouver, BC! Check out a great profile of architectural photographer Selwyn Pullan and 16 of his amazing photos of Vancouver's finest HERE.

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