BLOG ARCHIVE - June 2007

Saturday June 30, 2007

Ah, the life of the event emcee. While I haven't picked up any bartmitzvah, funeral or shopping center opening gigs yet, tonight my role as host for the 2007 AIA Design Awards, was a real treat. Congratulations to all of the winners, Blue Motif, Jonathan Segal, Jennifer Luce, Lloyd Russell etc.

It's official, Mies Van Der Rohe's landmark office tower in Cleveland has been approved for demolition. read more here.

If you have time tomorrow, check out the last day of Objects USA's "Summer Survey".

Friday June 29, 2007

The opening night of Objects USA's Summer Survey was hot, hot, hot. Check out the show this weekend if you missed the reception this evening while you were waiting in line for an iPhone. At the show, I picked up a flyer for a new mid-century retailer opening on August 17th with a reception at 7pm. Stop by Design/One at 3789 1/2 Park Boulevard on or after the 17th.

Also, check out the LA Times' piece on the 100th anniversary of Charles Eames' birth here.

Thursday June 28, 2007

Philip Johnson's Glass House opening to the public has generated a great deal of publicity. In addition to the publicly viewable icon of 20th Century Modernism, others are presenting a contextual understanding of New Canaan, CT modernists. Bill Earls' book "The Harvard Five in New Canaan" was recently published, and now filmmaker Devon Chivvis is working on a documentary on the Harvard Five as well. Beyond Johnson, and area resident Jens Risom adding cache to the area, Julius Shulman stopped by in 1963. Enjoying his shoot of The Glass House, Shulman was quoted as saying "Who needs California." Read more here.

Deceased modernist Norman Jaffe built approximately 50 houses in the Hamptons. One is for sale for $3.2 million. Learn more here.

PostModern homes are catching on in Long Island. Read more here.

Tucson Modernist W. Kirby Lockard has died. Read more about his career here.

A modernist success story - read about the restoration of a Cecil Alexander home in Atlanta here.

Tuesday June 26, 2007

Only four more days until the opening reception of Objects USA's Summer Survey. For this show the trio of owners has assembled vintage works in a wide variety of media designed to celebrate summer. This show emphasizes the outdoors with a remarkable collection of objects for use in the open air, in particular, sculpture and pottery for gardens, patios and landscapes. The opening reception is Friday June 29th, 7pm at Ronis and Associates 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102.

The Sydney home of late architect Harry Seidler and its adjoining bushland have been heritage listed by the National Trust of Australia. Read more here.

The bitter debate over whether to renovate or replace a downtown Cleveland office tower designed by the great Modernist architect Marcel Breuer threatens to cause serious collateral damage. Read more here.

Sunday June 23, 2007

Brutalism is under attack. In addition to the preservation debate over Marcel Breur's Cleveland Trust Tower and the style-defining structures in the UK (not to mention the Mies-ian Martin Luther King Library in Washington, DC,), Baltimore is now wrestling with John Johansen's Morris A. Mechanic Theatre. Read more here.

Saturday June 23, 2007

Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudi apparently failed to obtain a building permit for La Sagrada Familia, his architectural masterpiece in Barcelona. Read the article here.

Bonhams and Butterfields Fall '07 auction details announced. The auction, slated for September 24, is detailed here.

Friday June 22, 2007


Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair turns 50. Read an article on its origins here.

Atlanta is grappling with the significance of modernist I.M. Pei's early-career Gulf Oil Building amidst development in the area. Read the article here.

Wednesday June 20, 2007

It has been one crazy, busy week in architecture. While working on an article for CityBeat's architecture issue (street date = July 11), I interviewed Lloyd Russell, Christopher Puzio, and James Gates and James Brown in the first half of the week. The second half included interviewing an original owner of a Sim Bruce Richards design (circa 1963) still living in the home. And there's more to come through the weekend. Photos and more stories to come on these visits.

The John Mock designed Hindman Residence in Mt. Helix was granted a Historical Landmark Designation from the County on Monday night. Congratulations to the owners and to our County.

While I don't read the Christian Science Monitor EVER, I found the article "A new endangered species: Modern architecture" worth reading. Check it out here.

Monday June 18, 2007

Charles Eames would have been 100 years old this year. Read a nice tribute in the Toronto Star here.

I travel a lot, and I encourage everyone to travel more. So...If you find yourself in Montreal between 7-July and 30-September, check out the exhibit " Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Don't you love that Canadians spell "Center" differently?

Thursday June 14, 2007

Architectural Record published an interesting article "Aging Moderns Still Prove Controversial". In sum, the article posits "Although these buildings have their admirers, they challenge entrenched notions of historic preservation and highlight an ongoing debate about saving Modern buildings. They also serve as reminders of lingering hostility toward much postwar architecture." Read the full article here.

Tuesday June 12, 2007

Objects USA is holding their "Summer Survey" exhibit of mid-century arts, crafts, furnishings and more on Friday June 29 - Sunday July 1st at 1946 Broadway, San Diego. The show will include paintings and works on paper by San Diego artists, fiber art and screen-printed fabrics, and lathe-turned bowls in teak, mahogany and walnut by Southern California designer-craftsman Robert Trout. Also featured is a groundbreaking selection of stunning 1970s body ornaments. These dramatic and sculptural examples of art-jewelry by Mona Trunkfield and Marcia Lewis represent one of the most exciting trends in California Design. For more information, click here.

Architectural Record just reported that The World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced its 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites today. This year’s list highlights buildings and other heritage sites that are threatened by political conflict, unchecked development, and, for the first time, climate change. Included in this year's list: The Salk Institute, California, United States. Its iconic view of the Pacific Ocean is threatened by new construction at the end its central courtyard.

For the first time I visited the Curbed LA site. I don't know what their deal is but they wrote a completely inaccurate representation of the Salk Institute. Read and comment on the blog here.

I will be hosting The AIA Design Awards on Saturday, June 30th at The Neurosciences Institute. The gala starts at 6pm. Click here for ticket information.

Contact Chris Dellacqua about joining the newly formed AIA San Diego Committee on Historical Preservation. Drop him a line here.

Read about the personal collection of the Hugues and April Magen. The owners of the highly regarded Magen H Gallery in Greenwich Village are known for their treasure trove of 20th-century art and design masterworks. Prouve is spoken here.

Saturday June 9, 2007

For those spending this weekend in East Lansing, Michigan, check out the tour of local modernist homes here.

Touring Edmonton, Alberta soon? Learn more about the CAPITAL MODERN: EDMONTON ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN 1940-1969 exhibit here.

Heading to Tokyo soon? If you love Le Corbusier, check out the Mori Art Museum exhibit on his work here.

Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale, a prefabricated aluminum-and-steel Modernist house on stilts, sold for $4.97 million at the Christie’s International auction house in New York City. Built in 1951, Maison Tropicale spent much of its life in the Republic of Congo until three years ago when French dealer Eric Touchaleaume restored the house from its rusty and bullet-scarred condition. Buyer Andre Balazs, a hotelier, told Bloomberg on June 6 that the house “belongs back in the tropics,” although he has yet to pick a new location for the mobile residence.

Thursday June 7, 2007

I got married this weekend - Craig Ellwood's Bobertz Residence in the background, a few friends and family in the foreground. Official photos can be viewed here.

Phillip Johnson and his Glass House were memorialized in today's New York Times. Read the article here.

Tuesday June 5, 2007

The Yen Residence by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg is up for sale by the original owner.

Offered by the original owners, this masterful juxtaposition of art, light and function was built with a deep reverence for its private, just under an acre, canyon rim site. Expansive walls of glass frame panoramic ocean and sunset views to the West and bucolic vistas of historic Pottery Canyon below. The flawless integration of interior and exterior space continues with a central atrium and clerestory windows that flood the house with natural light. The flexible floorplan incorporates three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a family room, library, office, home gym and three view decks. The level of craftsmanship must be seen to be believed, with undulating laminated wood roof beams, sculptural poured formed concrete and hypnotic geometric tile. As Kellogg himself commented “Lack of originality is wrong. I think it is a sin”.

Learn more here.

Monday June 4, 2007


06.02.07 = Wedding

Homer Delawie, FAIA just wrote a fantastic letter to San Diego Magazine.

I have been a fan of San Diego Magazine since I first arrived in San Diego in the mid-1950s…
Every couple of months, the Robertsons would put together one of their “young people” parties, and everyone would come. I was 31 at the time! We would all get together in the Robertson home——designed by Lloyd Ruocco with that splendid concert hall living room——and discuss the local political and cultural scene. I took advantage of the opportunities there to learn how the city and its government worked.

City council elections were coming up, and there was a dearth of candidates to run for the empty council seats and mayor. After a great deal of discussion, the group decided to form a political action group and invite various candidates to come and be interviewed. We called ourselves Citizens United.

You can read the entire letter here.

 

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