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Kesling Modern Structures at 7522 Girard Avenue (ca. 1950)

Monday, June 29 2015

We just noticed that 5819 Beaumont in La Jolla was listed for sale. It MAY be William Kesling's Ingle Residence (1947) presenting a San Diegan an amazing restoration opportunity.

Architect Donald Wexler, known affectionately as ‘the man of steel’ after popularizing the easy to produce ‘Steel Houses’ in the early 1960s, died Friday at his home in Palm Desert after a brief illness. He was 89. Wexler's architecture career spanned some 50 years. Known for a wide array of projects including custom homes, schools, banks as well as Palm Springs International Airport's main terminal (1965), Palm Desert High School (1990), Palm Springs Police Department (1985), Royal Hawaiian Estates condominiums (1960), Rancho Mirage Middle School (1966) and the Dinah Shore residence (1964). Wexler’s Leisure Life Village in Rancho Penasquitos was demolished in 2009 to make way for Cresta Bella Aparments. Leisure Life Village, 248 single-story homes built in the late 1960s and rented mostly to seniors was developed by Irvin J. Kahn who had bought the 14,000-acre Los Peñasquitos Rancho in 1962.


FOR SALE: The Linton House (1955).
Photograph by Darren Bradley

Sunday, June 28 2015

Join Modern San Diego for East Hollywood Park Modern! The Linton House (1955), the wonderful result of a unique collaboration between electrical engineer Russ Linton and architect Lloyd Ruocco, will be for sale for the first time. Wonderfully sited in a canyon setting in southern City Heights, this 4-bedroom, 2-bath home will draw you in from your first view of its Spanish Cedar façade surrounded by exotic succulents and mature plantings. Recently restored, visitors will be captivated by the condition of the home’s stained plywood interiors, decades-old cork flooring and a wealth of storage opportunities through generous built-ins. The post-n-beam structure is highlighted by tongue ‘n’ groove ceilings and exterior siding. Period touches include generous glass surfaces welcoming the outdoors inside, a very unique bathroom lightwell, stereo cabinetry akin to the work of local furniture designer John Dirks and the most unique fluorescent indirect lighting throughout the home.


The Meisel Residence (1986) by Roesling Nakamura

Friday, June 26 2015

Join us this Saturday, June 27 between 12-3 p.m. at 5066 Cliff Place in Normal Heights to witness the Bob and Bunnye Meisel Residence (1986) by Kotaro Nakamura and Ralph Roesling. If you missed our first preview of this home (which included architect Kotaro Nakamura), this is another opportunity to see this wonderful home.

Dirk Sutro, in West Coast Wave (1993), wrote “A sleek new houses rises phoenixlike from the ashes of its predecessor after a devastating canyon fire… [now a] stripped abstraction of the vanquished bungalow. A gabled form hovers like a ghostly reincarnation of the original house between two flat-roofed cubes. The entry, with its concrete column, stainless-steel covered door, and sparse scrubby landscaping, is a pale memory of deep vine-covered bungalow porches.”

Of the house architect Ralph Roesling stated, “I’m really taken with the Los Angeles Case Study Houses… They were intelligent, simple responses to the landscape and climate. I’m also influenced by Schindler’s honesty with materials expressing things so clearly that it’s almost resounding. This house is so smooth it reflects light like houses in Greece and Portugal, popping out from the landscape like a jewel."


Energy Conservation House for Family Circle Magazine (1975) by Bruce Dammann

Friday, June 12 2015

I updated architect Bruce Dammann's page HERE.

Check out Case Study House architect Kemper Nomland's Alden Residence (1957) in Vista HERE. The house will be listed for sale this summer.

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