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Architect Robert Platt's Richie's Drive-In on Linda Vista Road built circa 1960 - RIP

Sunday July 29, 2012

Rest in Peace: Southern California painter Karl Benjamin rose to fame in 1959 as a member of "Four Abstract Classicists" a landmark exhibition — also featuring the work of Lorser Feitelson, John McLaughlin and Frederick Hammersley — that offered the L.A. artists' hard-edge abstractions as an alternative to the East Coast's relatively emotional Abstract Expressionism. He was 86. Read more HERE.

‘Clairemont: The Village within a City’ an upcoming self-driven tour will showcase 40 of Clairemont's sites. Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE.


Murata Pearl Village in 'San Diego's Mission Bay Aquatic Park' (AKA Sea World) circa 1964.

Tuesday July 24, 2012

Murata Pearl Village was designed by Hayahiko Takase while he worked for Kajima Associates in Los Angeles, following his MA from Harvard Graduate School of Design (1956) and time with Skidmore Owings & Merrill (’57-’59) and Minoru Yamasaki & Associates (‘59-’61).

I posted an introductory page on Roger Matthews HERE. I am looking for any more leads on his life/work.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions has set October 7 as the date for their next sale. Read more HERE.


Rest in Peace: Larry Weir (1924 - 2012)

Saturday July 21, 2012

Lawrence “Larry” Weir, a designer of numerous adobe houses in San Diego County and helped restore the Mission San Antonio de Pala in 1958, died July 11 of heart failure. He was 87. Son of Patrick Weir and Stella Bourgeois, Larry was born in Chicago on November 5, 1924. He served in the Navy from 1939 to 1946, where, during World War II he delivered supplies and briefly served as an aircraft gunner in the South Pacific. Following military service he moved to San Diego and with his three older brothers started Weir Brothers Construction, quickly establishing themselves as pioneers in adobe construction. In 1964 he started his own company Larry Weir Adobe. His firm operated for about four decades and built homes across the county, including Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Encinitas and Poway. Modern San Diego strives to build a comprehensive list of Weir projects HERE.


'Isometric' Dining Table Chair by Jon Antelline circa 1961.
Keep an eye out, four of these went to Goodwill in the early 1990s!

Sunday July 15, 2012

Please drop by Modern San Diego Real Estate for our daily updates and consider using us to buy your next home or sell your current residence. Locally, recent listings to hit the market include works by Ken Kellogg, Henry Hester, Sim Bruce Richards, Art Loring, Homer Delawie, A. Quincy Jones, Gilbert Hinthorne, William Krisel, Joe Kowalski, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Richard 'Dick' Leitch, George Eckel, Russell Forester, William Rosser and others.

On August 11, SOHO’s Modernism Committee, along with local historian and long-time Clairemont resident Alexander D. Bevil, will present ‘Clairemont: The Village within a City.’ This self-driven tour seeks to highlight the architectural treasures of one of the nation's first and largest planned postwar communities. The tour will showcase 40 of Clairemont's sites including libraries, schools, religious institutions, and residential neighborhoods. Registration begins at 9:30am with a lecture and orientation beginning at 10am. Purchase your tickets HERE.

With summer in full swing, perhaps you are planning a visit to a National Park. Check out Mission 66's 'Modern Architecture in the National Parks' site HERE and get more insight on his Wiki HERE.

The Museum of California Design will present ‘California’s Designing Women: 1896-1986’ – a new exhibition at The Autry between August 10, 2012 through January 6, 2013. This unprecedented exhibition focuses on the work of 46 of the many exceptional women who, working state-wide from San Francisco to San Diego, helped make California a preeminent center of American commercial design and fine craft. Among the exhibition's focus will be: Esther Bruton, Edith Heath, Dorothy Thorpe, Gertrud Natzler, Beatrice Wood, Ray Eames, Marilyn Kay Austin, Jade Snow Wong, Gere Kavanaugh, Deborah Sussman, Judith Hendler, Arline Fisch and April Greiman. Read more HERE.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art will offer the (first-ever) touring show, ‘Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts’, a survey of work by pioneering architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999). Beginning with her education and early career as one of a handful of female designers defining Swedish Modernism in the 1930s, the exhibition chronicles her meteoric rise upon settling in Los Angeles, where she received prestigious commissions from such firms as Barker Bros. and Ralph O. Smith, and began her career as an architect exemplifying the California modernist style. To Grossman, modern design was “not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions… developed out of our preferences for living in a modern way.” Although Grossman abruptly withdrew from the design world in the 1960s, her most iconic designs still today reflect the unique and fertile period of midcentury Los Angeles. The show will run October 28, 2012 - February 24, 2013.

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