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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

John Crosse has published a great piece on William Krisel's "Imperial 400 Motel" chain. If you ever wondered who designed the Imperial Motel (great street facade, conservative rooms) at 6624 El Cajon Blvd (in the College Area), the answer is HERE.

"Being There," a new exhibition of work by Italian photographer Luisa Lambri is composed of images that Lambri took in 2007 inside two Los Angeles homes: Richard Neutra's Sten-Frenke house in Santa Monica and the Sheats-Goldstein residence in Beverly Hills by John Lautner. Check out the show at the Hammer Museum through June 13, or learn more HERE.

As an owner of a Craig Ellwood designed home, I keep an eye out for the rare occasion that a similarly designed home appears on the real estate market. And in this case the seemingly impossible confluence of variable – not one but three Ellwood designs are currently on the market in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area. You can see Ellwood’s firm as it evolves through the Broughton Residence (1949) HERE; his 1952 Johnson Residence utilizing the ideas as his Case Study Houses HERE; as well as the epic (and Farnsworth-like) 1961 Rosen House in Burlingame HERE.

"Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future," a retrospective of Saarinen's work, spans two buildings at his alma mater, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale School of Architecture. In addition to previously unseen drawings, models, photographs, notes and letters from the Saarinen archive at the university, "Shaping the Future" —previously exhibited internationally — is closing its run on May 2nd at a campus that also has a few of his distinctive buildings. Learn more HERE.
 
On April 30th, The Museum of Modern Art, New York will publish a new text “Caribbean Modernist Architecture” edited by Gustavo Luis More.  In 2008, the Museum’s International Program and the Department of Architecture and Design organized the first symposium on the modernist architecture of the Caribbean and bordering Latin American countries, in collaboration with the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica. This illustrated volume presents papers from this symposium. Pre-order the book HERE.

According to the New York Times, the archives of the architecture firm Yamasaki Associates, in Troy, Mich. have been rescued from shredding at the 11th hour. The firm, Ywas founded in the 1950s by the modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki, who in addition to the Twin Towers designed the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Mr. Yamasaki died in 1986, and his office was closed in January. The alert, of the threatened archive, assembled a crew to drive a truck to Troy, with one day’s notice, to save the archive from being shredded.

Bruce Graham, the hard-driving architect of the Willis (originally Sears) Tower, once the world’s tallest building, and the John Hancock Center, the X-braced giant that became a symbol of Chicago’s industrial might, died Saturday at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla. He was 84 years old. At the peak of his influence, from the 1960s through the 1980s, Graham was the top man at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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