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Modern San Diego Retail - Armin Richter and Associates (ca. 1951)
San Diego & Point said "...Only perusal of the various shapes within Mr. Richter’s shop will tell the story of living today and tomorrow with a new kind of life that takes you into consideration, first of all."

Saturday January 28, 2012

Swing by our OPEN HOUSE for the Sim Bruce Richards home in Alpine TODAY between 11am - 2pm. More information is HERE.

Keith will be presenting 20 slides on '...something or other, I don't know...' at Pecha Kucha Night #14 on February 2 at Mingei. More info is HERE.

Henry Hester's Jonathan Edwards Residence is available for lease and events. I am visiting the property on February 4th so I will have more information to share soon. For now you can glance at some info HERE.

Today is the last day to view ‘In Words and Wood: Sam Maloof, Bob Stocksdale and Ed Moulthrop,’ at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation. The Huntington’s show ‘The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985’ closes on Monday. Read more about these two shows HERE.

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Installment #3 of the 'Keith & Bob Show'

Sunday January 22, 2012

Many thanks to the dozens of folks able to attend yesterday's Robert Mosher event. It was a smashing success. Robert Mosher, 91, one of San Diego surviving mid-century modernist architects, was just profiled by writer Roger Showley HERE.

In 1966 A. Quincy Jones designed "Sunnylands," a 650-acre estate and 32,000 square foot home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage. Jones’  signature is evident at Sunnylands, where he used simple overhangs to shield the interiors from the direct sun, as its walls of glass allowed the regional climate's brightness to fill the rooms.  The house's architectural structure is exposed rather than hidden – as trellises, steel beams, and coffered ceilings are all evident.  Sunnylands’ interiors were designed by William ‘Billy’ Haines and Ted Graber, known for their Hollywood Regency style.  Sunnylands will open to the public beginning March 1, 2012! Tickets for tours go on sale February 15 - and reservations are available online only. Learn more HERE.

An A. Quincy Jones design in Fort Worth, TX is doomed. The Andrew Fuller Residence (ca. 1950) is profiled HERE.

I am building a page on artists Jane and Walter Chapman HERE. Please let me know if you have any information on this dynamic duo!

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Modern San Diego Real Estate - a unique Sim Bruce Richards design (ca. 1967) for $399,000!
Join us at 1367 South Grade Road in Alpine to view this amazing home:

Sunday Jan. 22 11am - 2pm
Thursday Jan. 26 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday Jan. 28 11am - 2pm

Friday January 20, 2012

UrbDeZine is promoting our interview with Robert Mosher tomorrow morning HERE. Additionally, Roger Showley is talkin' it up HERE.

The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s PechaKucha Night #14 will be held at the Mingei International Museum adjacent to the exhibit "San Diego's Craft Revolution; From Post-War Modern to California Design". Beer and wine will flow as will food via MIHO Gastrotruck. Learn more HERE.

The Times spent time with artist Ellsworth Kelly recently. At 88, he is still on fire. Check it out HERE.


Modern San Diego Retail - Dean Marshall Interiors with ‘1958 Chevrolet Yeoman Four-Door 6-Passenger Station Wagon’ parked in front.
In the display window: Architectural Pottery, Vista Furniture, and an enamel by Ellamarie & Jackson Wooley.

Monday January 16, 2012

BorregoModern.Com’s Bill Lawrence is presenting ‘Borrego Modern: The Architecture of de Anza Country Club’ this Saturday (January 21). Join Bill for period photographs as well as the contemporary work of photographer Judy Parker. The night starts at 530pm with ‘no host cocktails’ followed by a buffet dinner at 6. Bill goes on stage at 7. RSVP to 760-767-5105 x 111 by Thursday (January 19).

More information is leaking out about the US debut of the travelling exhibition Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts. Launching on January 20, the show will be in Tulsa through the winter/spring. Read more HERE.

Cindy McArdle has launched a website to market her focus on 'Modern San Diego' in North County HERE.

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Modern San Diego Retail - Dean Marshall Interiors from San Diego & Point Magazine, October 1955
Harry Østergaard chairs, Malcolm Leland pieces on the table top.

Saturday January 14, 2012

Anne Tyng, a pioneering female architect whose ideas about geometry influenced Louis Kahn's modernist buildings and who later had a child with him, has died. She was 91. Tyng was among the first group of women to graduate from Harvard University's architecture school in 1944. She struggled her entire career to be taken seriously….During a 15-year relationship that was professional and romantic, she helped him produce his path-breaking early buildings…read more HERE.

Responding to the demolition of such local icons as John Lautner's Shusett House, and a recent aborted plan to raze Richard Neutra's Kronish House the city of Beverly Hills has adopted a historic preservation ordinance that seeks to protect noteworthy structures. First for the first time in its history, the City has created rules for tearing down or altering structures older than 45 years and designed by important architects. It also recently established a Cultural Heritage Commission. Read more HERE.

NEXT SATURDAY, I will host a talk with Robert Mosher entitled “Modernism Defined by Someone Who Committed It”. Please join us at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design beginning at 9:30 a.m. More information is available HERE.


Modern San Diego Retail - The Design Center from San Diego & Point Magazine, August 1951
‘Here under one roof, in one of San Diego’s most exciting and original modern commercial structures, have been gathered not only the brilliant functional modern furniture, glassware, fabrics and crafts now sweeping the country, but the services of architects and landscape architects as well…Here you will find the furniture of Herman Miller, Knoll Associates, Van Keppel Green, Felmore and Associates, Modern Color, Pacific Iron and Dunbar Modern. In glassware and crafts, there is the Blenko line, Italian and Bavarian crystal, Orefors glass, German and American porcelain, China ware, pottery and stoneware, stainless steel from Sweden, Germany, Italy and American and the remarkable Laura Andreson stone ware.”

Tuesday January 10, 2012

Gigi’s Island Restaurant, formerly a Chart House renamed as Bananaz, in Rancho Mirage burned down today. The Ken Kellogg designed structure (ca. 1977) burned as 50+ firefighters battled the blaze. Damage is estimated  at $2.5 million. Read more HERE.

Ricardo Legorreta, the architect who introduced Mexican modernism to a global audience and who brought his crisp, brightly colored aesthetic to downtown Los Angeles with a controversial 1993 redesign of Pershing Square, has died. He was 80. Read more HERE.


Andrew Geller's Hunt House (ca. 1958), Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island, NY

Friday January 6, 2012

Andrew Geller, an architect known for his series of inexpensive beach houses in whimsical shapes, many of them in the Hamptons, died last week in New York. He was 87. During his 35-year tenure at Raymond Loewy & Associates, Geller designed the “typical American house’’ shown at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959 – the same house where the ‘Kitchen Debate’ between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Nikita S. Khrushchev took place.

On January 21, I will host a talk with Robert Mosher entitled “Modernism Defined by Someone Who Committed It”. Please join us at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design beginning at 9:30 a.m. More information is available HERE.


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Design Center from San Diego & Point Magazine

Sunday January 1, 2012

Today, we welcomed 2012 by sharing new year's wishes to owners of architect-designed homes. We left our Ellwood home, to visit friends at their annual New Years Open House (at their La Mesa , in situ, around town.

I have been consumed these days by thinking about Greta Magnusson Grossman's life and work, and her last years spent here in San Diego. Following Grossman's death, her home and estate was sold by Teresa Laggner, 'conservator of the estate of Greta M. Grossman.' For days I have wondered how Laggner was connected to Grossman -- until I found THIS ARTICLE. At first I presumed Ms. Laggner was a relative of the late Grossman. But now I simply hope that she did not rip off the estate!

We ended the year with nearly 19,000 unique visitors! Thanks to one and all.

Ruocco designed home). On the way we stopped by to meet the owners of a John Mock home for the first time. Following meeting our new friends, and joining old friends for a bit to eat, we capped off New Year's Day in a Dick Lareau designed home! It's is going to be a great year indeed.

I have been thinking a great deal about Gordon Drake lately. Creating a small, but magnificent, body of work in a short 7-year career, his early death cut short something very special. Among the unique aspects of his work were the utilization of brick floors and unpainted wood, often plywood. Flying in the face of dogmantic modernists of the late '40s and early '50s in Los Angeles, such ideas (proffered by his mentor Harwell Hamilton Harris) remind me of Ted Paulson's work here in San Diego. Until today, I had not thought why I have been so taken aback by Paulson's homea. It is both the uniqueness of Paulson's ideas, and how he stood apart from his fellow San Diego architects of the era, that make me think of Drake's spirit somehow being connected to his homes.

Ceramist Eva Zeisel, known for her eccentric dinnerware in the 1940s and ’50s that helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables, died on Friday in New City. She was 105. Read more HERE.

I presume enough visitors to ModernSanDiego venture off to Santa Barbara on occasion. Next time you are planning a trip up north, click on THIS ARTICLE to read about original Ackerman (and other) mosaics on view

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