CLAIREMONT MODERN! Horizon Home contest Residence for American Housing Guild (1961)
by Robert Des Lauriers at 5708 Abernathy Way

Friday, July 31st 2009

San Diego Uptown News recently published an obituary for Homer Delawie titled “Legendary Architect Homer Delawie Dies”. But more importantly the local publication hired (former UT architecture critic) Ann Jarmusch to tell the story of Delawie’s impact on San Diego in a separate article “Master of the House: A Tribute to Architect Homer Delawie”. Click HERE and type “Delawie” into the search box on the right of the screen to find both articles. One of our favorite Delawie designed residences is up for sale. THIS little Coronado jewel is priced to move – only $2.2M!

A new exhibition “John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” runs now through November 8, 2009. Born in National City, John Baldessari began making prints in the early 1970s. This retrospective of prints is organized by the Fine Arts Museums from the Portland, Oregon-based collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, which has among its vast print holdings a complete archive of Baldessari’s printed work. The show is at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. The exhibition complements the publication of The Prints of John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonne 1971–2007 by Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Wendy Weitman. The exhibition John Baldessari: Pure Beauty opens at London’s Tate Modern in October 2009. Also in the upcoming season of the PBS series Art:21 John will be featured in episode four – date and time for KPBS’ local airing is still TBA.

Using architectural drawings, vintage photographs, and memorabilia, the University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara will launch the show “Sardi's to Orange Julius®: Los Angeles Restaurants from the Architecture & Design Collection.” To examine the changes in Los Angeles restaurant architecture over time, the curators present works by J.R. Davidson, R.M. Schindler (Sardis circa 1933), Kem Weber, Maynard Lyndon (Orange Julius) and Edward A. Killingsworth. For more click HERE.

Some time ago Richard Pare published the book “The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932”. Now ButterPaper.Com has published photographs from the book online and they are quite amazing. Check out the slide show HERE.

Plans to build your own vintage Eichler home are now being sold by Bay Area stock-plan company has just released four original mid-century modern Eichler plans as part of its Exclusive Studio Collection. The designs were done in the 1960s by architect Claude Oakland who was one of Eichler's regular architects. A reproducible set of master plans costs $4,500. A percentage of the price of each plan supports the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, which preserves the original drawings. Click HERE for more information.

CLAIREMONT MODERN! Clairemont Mortuary at 4266 Mount Abernathy Avenue

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009

To aid in understanding and appreciating San Diego’s modernist heritage, the San Diego Architectural Foundation's Modern Masters Committee have written a guide attempting to define the meaning of Modernism locally. Click HERE to purchase a downloadable copy of “Modernist Architecture in San Diego” for $20.

Just recently group of 60 architects attended a tour sponsored by the Emerging Professionals program of the Newark and Suburban section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) Eero Saarinen’s 1962 Bell Labs building in Holmdel, NJ. Nearly a quarter mile long, the structure, which once housed 7,500 employees, is considered the state’s most important example of post-World War II modernist architecture. It was closed in July 2006 and listed for sale by owner Alcatel-Lucent. The site was named to Preservation New Jersey’s list of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey” that same year. The tour was part of an ongoing effort by AIA-NJ to call attention to the architectural significance of the building and the need to preserve it.

CLAIREMONT MODERN! Atonement Lutheran Church by Robert Des Lauriers (circa 1960s)
at 7250 Eckstrom Avenue

Saturday July 18th, 2009

While THIS is not the first article we have read on La Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau’s 1932 Paris residence commissioned by Dr. Jean Dalsace, writer Willard Spiegelman’s latest piece for the Wall Street Journal, is a refreshing reminder that we need to head to see this place in person. For four years, Chareau and his collaborators—the Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoët and the French engineer Louis Dalbet—worked on the house. Chareau was primarily an interior designer, not an architect. He designed a total of five houses, three in France and two in the U.S. The glass house is the sole survivor. Amazon has the book "La Maison de Verre" (2007) on sale HERE.

RIP: Julius Shulman (1910-2009). Photo courtesy of the LA Times.

Friday July 17th, 2009

Julius Shulman, whose photographs brought fame to a number of mid-20th century modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, died Wenesday night. He was 98. Read more HERE. Thankfully I had the good fortune of spending a great deal of time getting to know Julius over the years. Together we published a calendar of his images of Modern San Diego HERE. He will be missed.

Last week Portland’s mayor announced a task force to examine how to revitalize the city’s 50-year-old coliseum, which was spared the wrecking ball when local architects lamented this spring at the prospect of tearing down the structure by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and replacing it with a baseball stadium. One proposed new use, a velodrome, is now being discussed. Read more HERE.

The Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Technology and Science now has an entry on designer Craig Ellwood. Check it out HERE.

CLAIREMONT MODERN! Playground by James Hubbell (circa 1960s)
Lindbergh Schweitzer State Preschool at 6991 Balboa Avenue

Wednesday July 15th, 2009

Wake up early on Friday and catch me chatting up San Diego 6 News in the Morning anchor Lynda Martin about local architecture. I should be on the air around 7:30AM.

Check out a great piece on Del Mar building designer Herb Turner by Roger Showley HERE.

Henry Thomas Cadbury-Brown, pioneer of British modernism, has died. He was 96. Check out images of his Festival of Britain projects and more HERE.

Ever wonder what it would be like to hang out at Philip Johnson's Glass House for the day? Metropolis answers the questions in a 2-part feature HERE.

Looking to live in mid-century architecture for cheap? There is a Bill Krisel designed home for sale near Mt Helix for $499,900 and one in Loma Portal for $499K. Drop me a line for more info HERE.

ObjectsUSA's Dave Hampton launching his presentation on San Diego's mid-century designer craftsmen
at the Mingei. Photo by Steve Aldana.

Monday July 11th, 2009

Doug Kramer, a realtor with RE/MAX Real Estate Specialists in Long Beach has developed several cool websites: featuring the Cliff May modernist ranch homes, as well as and All are real estate sites but even if you're not looking to buy there's plenty of archi-porn to look at.

The San Diego Architectural Foundation has launched its first page to keep tabs on San Diego's 20th Century architects. Some familiar names to ModernSanDiego readers appear HERE.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will take over the operation of the Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in January from the Illinois preservation group, Landmarks Illinois, that has run it (at a deficit) for the last six years.

Craig Ellwood’s Broughton Residence (1949) in Brentwood is on the market for $885,000. Check out photos HERE.

The archive of post-War architectural photographer Maynard Parker is now online. When you "search database" you will find a number of San Diego projects that Parker photographed including works by A. Quincy Jones, Lloyd Ruocco, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Robert Mosher and many more. Check it out HERE.


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