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The Marvin Bailin Residence (1961) by Maggy-Thomas Associates at 4595 Monaco in Ocean Beach

Friday March 28, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Modern San Diego will host Lynn G. Fayman: A Colorful Life, A Special Evening at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Thursday, May 8th. Starting at 6PM (sharp) we will gather for food and drink in the David C. Copley Atrium before adjourning to the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater for an exclusive program. Our special guests will walk attendees through the curatorial process including an exclusive look at the treasure trove of Fayman photographs and films not included in MOPA's current exhibition. I will post official RSVP information soon and hope to see you in Balboa Park on the 8th.

THIS SUNDAY is Downtown Modernism in Los Angeles! Get their early and have a great time. Read more HERE.

SAVE ANOTHER DATE! The Escondido History Center has announced that their Fourth Annual Adobe Home Tour will be held on Sunday, October 5. You can watch their site, or contact them, for details HERE.


Craig Ellwood's Bobertz Residence in 2000 prior to it changing my life forever.

Tuesday March 25, 2014

In March, 2000 I met Jack Smith (1914 – 2014) in front of a house I crudely described, at the time, as ‘modernist’ in contrast to the more traditional contractor-built homes in the area just south of where I was working at the time – San Diego State University. That was 14 years ago – and I realize how little I knew then about architecture, and how little I know today about mortality. I grew enamored with Jack and his wife Dotty. Later that year I bought their home. As we shared stories and discussed the purchase of their house, together we learned that Craig Ellwood & Associates, had designed the house. I recall to this day when Jack asked me ‘Does that change your interest in the home?’ Jack recently passed away and I wanted to share another artifact of modern architecture – the lives of those that inhabit these homes for decades. The following is from his obituary posted last Sunday:

Jack, or https://mail.ucsd.edu/owa/14.3.174.1/themes/resources/clear1x1.gifDr. Louis E. Smith, Jr., was born in Lexington, KY and moved to San Diego (by age 2) where he grew up attending schools both in Dehesa and La Mesa. Jack earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1931 and graduated from Grossmont High School in 1933. He attended San Diego State College and graduated in 1938 with a B.A. in Physics. He started working toward his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1939. In April, 1942, the war interrupted his research and he went to work for the U.S. Navy demagnetizing the ships so they would not attract magnetic mines. In June, 1943, Jack married Dorothy Sawyer, in La Mesa. In September 1943, he resumed his research on cosmic rays for his Ph.D. dissertation which he completed in 1945. Following that, Jack accepted a research position at the Navy Radio and Sound Laboratory in Point Loma. He developed and patented a wave-measuring buoy and took part in the atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll in 1946. Dr. Smith returned to teaching physics at San Diego State (in 1946) until 1984 – including a stint as Department Chair.

Even among devotees of Rudolf Schindler's work, few have witnessed his Bethlehem Baptist Church (1944) in South L.A. On Saturday, April 12 you will be able to see this church - likely for the first time in your life (it has been boarded-up for years). Visit Steve's website for more info on the open house HERE.

Bill Stern, Executive director of the Museum of California Design, just wrote a nice piece on reissues of Richard Neutra’s furniture HERE.


Friends of Modern San Diego are putting on a show! Check out the photography at Co-Merge on Monday.


Our friends at Mr. California have issued a t-shirt based on a Douglas Simmonds photograph of
Homer Delawie's Nichols Residence in La Jolla. Buy one HERE.


Mr. California has also released a t-shirt based on a Douglas Simmonds photograph of
Homer Delawie's 'Boxcar' Residence in Mission Hills. Buy one HERE.

Tuesday March 7, 2014

Join Modern San Diego for a special preview of Lloyd Ruocco's second residence for himself and wife Ilse. Dominic will be listing 'Solari', built from materials used in Ruocco's Balboa Park exhibition house (ca. 1953), one of the most important modernist homes in our County. Move in ready, as well as worthy of a restoration effort, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Join us on Friday, March 14 between 4-7pm for a 'wine & cheese' reception at the home in Alvarado Estates. Please RSVP to Keith HERE.

A new book, simply titled 'Mies', on Mies Van Der Rohe comes out on Monday through Phaidon. Read more about this fantastic new 'monolithic monograph' HERE. Order it HERE.

'Toronto Modern' is diminishing. Read more HERE.

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