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Richard Neutra's Josef Von Sternberg Residence (1935) occupied by Ayn Rand (pictured above on the patio) between 1942-43.

Tuesday July 26, 2011

Until recently, beyond The Fountainhead, I can't say I have thought about all the hub-bub around Ayn Rand's mystique in recent years. Until now. Her, and husband Frank O'Connor, ownership of Neutra's Von Sternberg house (demolished in 1972) via this article provides a curious reexamination of her interest in architecture.

After nearly two years on the market, Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, in Los Angeles, has sold to billionaire Ron Burkle for about $4.5 million, 70% less than its original asking price. The 1924 hilltop home, one of the master's most celebrated residential designs and one of Los Angeles' most revered architectural landmarks, had fallen into disrepair and sustained serious damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and then partly collapsed during heavy rainfall in 2005. Read more HERE.

John Lautner's Chemosphere House (ca. 1960), owned by publisher Benedikt Taschen, was recently profiled by the LA Times HERE.

When you read that Richard Neutra's Kronish Residence '...appears to be bound for demolition...' what do you do? What can you do? And when can offer to do...whatever it is you are going to do? Read the LA Times piece HERE or on the Neutra site HERE.


Irving Gill's Dodge Residence (ca. 1916)

Monday July 18, 2011

The Los Angeles Times recently published a great piece on Irving Gill's Dodge Residence HERE.

How are you celebrating John Lautner's (1911-1994) birthday? Consider your options HERE.


State Division of Highways Building (ca. 1953) on Taylor Street in Old Town by Paderewski, Mitchell and Dean is threatened by demolition and sale to a developer.
Please direct comments to State Preservation Officer, Wayne Donaldson.

Monday July 4, 2011

Clare Bloodgood Crane, wife of architect Loch Crane, recently passed away. Mrs. Crane (June 16, 1926 - June 17, 2011) sat with Loch and I on several occasions discussing their time with Frank Lloyd Wright, Loch's service in World War II, as well as the growth of San Diego and Crane's architectural practice. She will be missed.

Architect C.J. Paderewski’s first wife, Cecilia May Paderewski, just passed away. She was born on May 28, 1913 in Granite City, IL. Cecilia received her degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Her specialty was Aeronautical engineering, drafting, and design. She then moved to San Diego where she married architect Clarence Joseph ‘Pat’ Paderewski on June 6, 1935. During World War II, Cecilia worked for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego where she was the only female design engineer in the United States for the B-24 project.. She was a draftsman for her husband in the early years of his practice.

Pierre Koenig's 'Henbest Residence' (ca. 1966) in Rancho Palos Verdes is on the market.  Read more about him HERE or the house HERE.

The Colony of Wellfleet, 10 Bauhaus-style cottages, built on the bay side of Wellfleet, the little Cape Cod town, in 1949 by Nathaniel Saltonstall, was just profiled by the Times. Along with his business partner Oliver Morton, Saltonstall designed The Colony as a retreat for high-society art collectors. Read more HERE

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