BLOG ARCHIVE - January 2007

January 31, 2007

CityBeat just published an article on John Dirks. Read it here. Pick up a copy and see the rest of the article. If you have not witnessed the exhibit - John Dirks, Sculptor—A Retrospective - at the Mingei, you only have until February 11th.

January 27, 2007

Mid-Century hangover! Last night's festivities and this afternoon's tour of mid-century Coronado...whew! A few photos are to the right... Viva Objects concludes tomorrow (Sunday 10a-3p) - don't miss it.

January 23, 2007

If anyone knows the whereabouts of furniture, lighting, or other objects designed by Alvin Lustig (1915-1955), please contact Doug Clouse at Doug and Rita Jules are curating an exhibition about Lustig for the Bard Graduate Center that will be on view at the International Art and Design Fair in the Park Avenue Armory in October. If you are not yet aware of Lustig's life and career, check out the site here.

January 21, 2007

Only five days until Viva Objects exhibition and sale. Even if you are not in the market for "...vintage paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture and functional items for indoor and outdoor use...," Viva Objects stands to be the best showing of mid-century modernist art and craft San Diego will see this calendar year. If you are one of our many visitors from far away - check out their online store at for a year-round selection of goodies.

January 20, 2007

Dan Saxon Palmer, of Palmer & Krisel, passed away at the age of 84 on Christmas Day, 2006 and was buried on the 28th. While I have yet to find the time and resources to properly profile the large amount of work the firm designed in San Diego, maybe this is tipping point. Sad news for sure.

January 19, 2007

Ten of the first 20 days of the calendar year 2007 I have been on the road. I look forward to returning back to San Diego this weekend -- and getting back to posting to the site. While out of town I have been blogging for my dayjob -- a lot of good stuff for my colleagues around the country. Upon my return, I am very excited about connecting with John Mock in the coming days to work on his page. Already in its infancy, his page will sparkle with images and text he has from decades past. Todd just alerted me to some biographical resources on San Diego developer John Mortenson (akin to Drogin, Eichler...) so I will put up a page on him as well. CityBeat will be covering the Mingei's presentation of Allied Craftsman member John Dirks's sculpture exhibit in their Jan 31 issue. Head over to Balboa Park and check out the Dirks and Eva Zeisel exhibits before they close.

The week's stats peaked at 65 users on Thursday -- thanks as always for coming here and perusing the fruit of my labor - it's a pleasure to offer it. Please donate if/when you have some spare "paypal" (click the "donate" button at the bottom of the left-hand nav section). This is a labor of love but if you don't ask, you don't get.

January 16, 2007

Great article on Wayne Donaldson's Futuro House is here. For those that don't recall, this is the same "flying saucer" that was, for years, "parked" behind The Design Center on 5th Avenue.

Elizabeth Courtier is holding an Open House at The Feller Residence (1962) on Thursday, January 18th 10:00 – Noon.  The home, located at 3377 Charles Street, Point Loma, was recently profiled in Architectural Digest. Centered around a sparkling pool with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and two fireplaces is being offered at $3,400,000. Contact agents here.

January 15, 2007

I have given up on announcing all of the changes/updates to the site -- there were too many of them this weekend to list here. Feel free to roam around the site as you (over 400 of you this week) wish.

After a bout with the local cold/flu bug going around (no thanks to Southwest Airlines passengers on my travels to Tucson and Las Vegas last week), I have been feverishly (pun intended) typing away. Please contact me if you know anything about the Horizon Home contest of the 1960s, I am trying to document them. Read the rough-draft here.

There may be a Lloyd Ruocco designed home coming on the market shortly -- details as they come in.

January 12, 2007

Several of you, dear readers, have contacted me excited with renewed interest in Delawie Residence #1 in Mission Hills. The photos to the right (by Douglas Simmonds) arguably were among the first to drive home (to me that is) that San Diego was home to post-WW2 modernist architecture. Whether in the April 1962 issue of OmniArt or in Dirk Sutro's West Coast Wave, the pictures of this modest architect-built design shows the "youthful optimism" that few San Diegans know.

After being recognized in the 1960 San Diego Chapter AIA Honor Awards, about the Delawie Residence, Southern California Editor of Pacific Architect and Builder William G. Quinn wrote:

Town House on 24 ft. lot... Superb performance of orientation problems. Handsome qualities of light and space. The Architect handled his use of a small lot under limitations of primitive zoning law in the best way possible. The Architect exercised environmental controls with imagination. Here he has proven the architect can meet and overcome the challenge of a difficult site.

January 11, 2007

Thanks to our "street team" of MSD users, we have learned Delawie Residence #1 in Mission Hills is for sale. While the house has been corrupted heavily over the years, we hope the next owner will restore it. Learn more about the real estate offering here. Learn more about Homer Delawie here. I believe all three photographs are by Douglas Simmonds (from Delawie's personal collection).

January 1, 2007

Happy New Year. Let's all hope the world of architecture gets better and interest in preserving our local modernist heritage grows. For those looking for something more tangible -- and something fun to spend your cash on - check out the Archinect t-shirt collection here.

While browsing the web reading about Julius Shulman yesterday, I found some info on his collection at The Getty - more specifically one of my favorite images he took of a San Diego project. The link to the article is here and the link to the photo is here of the Convair Astronautics (later General Dynamics) lobby by Pereira and Luckman before it was destroyed in favor of a poorly designed office building north of Montgomery Field.


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