Oxley Residence by Richard Neutra (ca. 1958). Recent photographs by Barry Jagoda.

Saturday July 31, 2010

I will be moderating a forum, presented by AIA San Diego, to find out which of the city council candidates have the vision to ensure San Diego lives up to its self proclaimed status as “America’s Finest City” – in this case as it relates to the built environment. Please join me and District 6 candidates Howard Wayne and Lorie Zapf as well as District 8 candidates David Alvarez and Felipe Hueso on Tuesday, August 10. Come and find out where your future city council representatives stand on issues of planning and sustainability that may not be addressed in other campaign forums or advertising. The forum will be held between 6-8pm at the The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater at San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts. You must RSVP HERE.

Fritz & Rayleen Liebhardt Residence by Frederick Liebhardt (1993)

Wednesday July 28, 2010

Please join Modern San Diego and Mercer York Real Estate for a sunset evening reception on Thursday July 29th between 5-7p.m. to see one of five Frederick Liebhardt designed private residences clustered together in a eucalpytus canyon high above the La Jolla Country Club. Drop by 7226 Romero Drive in the 92037 zip and say 'hello'. The home is for sale and we're earnestly trying to match this beautiful home with new owners understanding of its unique value.

UNBUILT SAN DIEGO: Alvarado Ice Arena rendering by Donald R. Goldman (1968)

Wednesday July 14, 2010

A new documentary, “The Visual Language of Herbert Matter” is nearing completion and should be screening across the country soon. Directed by Reto Caduff ("Charlie Haden - Rambling Boy", "A Crude Awakening"), the film invites Robert Frank, Massimo Vignelli, Alvin Eisenmann, Steven Heller, Elaine Lustig Cohen and others to share their understanding of Matters’ oeuvre. Go HERE for more information. Let’s work together to bring this film to San Diego.

Friend of Modern San Diego, Gerard O'Brien, and owner of Reform Gallery, is having an unprecedented sale beginning this Thursday, July 15 and ending Saturday, July 17. Modernist treasures will be discounted between 40% and 80% including 50% off works designed by Evelyn Ackerman. Read more HERE.

Mercer York Real Estate has been on fire! Today we close on a Bill Krisel designed home on Soledad Mountain Road, secure a listing of Homer Delawie's own home in Point Loma, all as we continue to engage buyers on the James Bernard designed Ruja Residence in La Mesa. Drop us a line or click on the ad below if you want to know more about living-in or selling architecture.

James Bernard's first concept for his Krauss Residence (1957)

Monday July 12, 2010

Last Friday's open house at the Ruja Residence was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who showed up. The owners of another Bernard design, The Krauss Residence, stopped by to show off renderings of their house (and other works). One of the original concepts is pictured above. I am still looking, in earnest, for any information on this architect. Beyond the Ruja and Krauss homes, is an addition to C.M. Cavenee's home in 1954. Bernard died in 1965 -- only here for a decade, he worked from home and possibly the Design Center.

Also thanks to everyone for showing up to the Jonathan Segal event on Thursday night and last week's AIA Design Awards -- it has been a busy week representing 'the little modern web site that could'! Video of the Segal event will be posted to the San Diego Architectural Foundation's website soon. In the meantime please join the Foundation HERE and attend some of the great events we have planned.

Speaking of events, the Sim Bruce Richards lecture at the San Diego History Center was sold out! Thanks to everyone who came out. Widow Janet Richards, homeowners, historians and a whole bunch of people expressed their interest in Richards' work by attending. James Hubbell even came up to me afterwards to share some thoughts. Vivian Blackstone videotaped the lecture as part of her documentary on Richards.

"Eero Saarinen" author Jayne Merkel poses some interesting questions in her piece "When Less Was More". Connecting Levittown to Mies to Ralph Rapson, she certainly upset a bunch of readers. I reccomend reading her piece and closing your brower - skip the public's comments to the article!

On July 31st at 2pm , SCI-Arc is hosting a screening of Bette Cohen’s film  "The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner" followed by a panel discussion including Cohen and author Alan Hess. More information is HERE.


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