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Malcolm McClain photographed by John Waggaman, circa 1967, from Portraits Of Artists.

Wednesday June 20, 2012

Late last month, we lost a stalwart Southern California artist. Ceramic artist, painter, poet and teacher Malcolm "Mac" McClain passed away at the age of 89 without fanfare. For McClain, who never cared for the spotlight and whose career was overshadowed by his ceramic art contemporaries, John Mason and Paul Soldner, the recenty wave of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions provided some last-minute recognition. Read Dave Hampton's profile of Mac HERE.

One of the seven original Don Wexler/Harrison Steel Development Houses in Palm Springs has just joined the list of National Register of Historic Places. Read more HERE.

I posted an introductory page on La Mesa area builder George Eckel HERE. As always, I am looking for any more leads on his projects.


Gale W. and Ruth C. Sheldon Residence (1961). Photograph by Edward Sievers

Sunday June 17, 2012

Modern San Diego 'Meet Up'. Architect Richard 'Dick' Lareau met with fans of his architecture and several owners of his residential designs at the Sheldon Residence yesterday. Thanks to all who attended!

Join us at 3200 Sixth Avenue today between 1-4 p.m. to preview two condos in Henry Hester's Salomon Apartments (ca. 1959).


Raymond House (1918) by Irving J. Gill.

Tuesday June 5, 2012

After all these years I finally launched a page on Irving Gill HERE.

As part of San Diego's early 1960s counterculture, Richard Allen Morris and his friends, Guy Williams and Malcolm "Mac" McClain, were painters as well as prolific poets. In fact, there was quite a tradition of local painters working or exhibiting at the Bargain Bookstore, Vroman's downtown, and the Nexus in La Jolla. Dave Hampton’s latest piece for Culture Lust explores local artists’ poetry of the era HERE.

I updated the Greta Magnusson Grossman page HERE.

It is always a treat to find a Homer Delawie home right under your nose. Thanks to agent Gabe Filkey, we reviewed plans for 'Del Cerro Residence Study' by Delawie AIA Architects, San Diego, California (November, 1961). Located at 5657 Del Cerro Avenue, this home was designed for Schreiber Const. Co. and includes a 1968 'Addition to the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond C. Adler Residence by James E. Hurley AIBD, Building Designer'. Learn more HERE.

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