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The Eames House, Pacific Palisades. The Mingei has launched a page detailing our exclusive showing of
Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter HERE.

Wednesday November 30, 2011

This Saturday, December 3rd, you can attend the American Institute of Architects California Desert and Inland California Chapter's Holiday Party and 2012 Executive Committee Installation AND witness a rare presentation by Ken Kellogg himself. The event, slated for 5:30-9:00pm will be held at G.G.'s Island Restaurant 69-934 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage – formerly one of Kellogg’s designs for the Chart House Restaurant chain. Call 909.792.8464 to RSVP.

In addition to Steve's blog, Esoteric Survey, he has just launched an online store for things we like HERE.

Want to learn more about landscape architect Joe Yamada? His oral history has been videotaped and uploaded to YouTube. His early years are HERE. Joe's time at Cal is referenced HERE. His work in La Jolla is referenced HERE. His recollections of the Wimmer Yamada firm's history is HERE.


Make sure you RSVP for our December 15 showing of Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter.
RSVPs are required as the theater has limited seating available. More details are HERE.

Sunday November 27, 2011

Each holiday season, I think of all the books I want. Feel free to purchase and give them to me as a gift!
Arts & Architecture: The Complete Reprint HERE
California Houses of Gordon Drake HERE
Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting HERE
Greta Magnusson Grossman HERE
Raphael Soriano HERE
Modernism Rediscovered HERE
Crafting Modernism HERE
California Design, 1930-1965 'Living in a Modern Way' HERE

If I were much smarter (and better looking), THIS would be my blog!

With a great deal of help from Darren, I have fixed up Bill Krisel's bio HERE.

If you are heading to New York City (between now and January 15) check out 'Crafting Modernism' at Museum of Arts and Design HERE.

What were you doing in 1964? Here's an interesting list:
The 1964 United Masonry Association of San Diego Awards:
Richard Lareau – Pan-Pacific House
John Mock – Hindman Residence
Richard Wheeler – Grossmont Junior College
Mosher & Drew – La Jolla Federal Savings and Loan
Tucker Sadler & Bennett– Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, National City
Tucker Sadler & Bennett – shopping center in La Jolla
Homer Delawie – Mexico-Pacific Shop at 2723 San Diego Ave.
Paderewski, Mitchell & Dean – Palomar College, St. Paul’s Manor (2nd and Nutmeg)
Deems Lewis Martin & Assoc – Latter Day Saints 53rd and Trojan Ave.
Louis A. Dean (of Paderewski, Mitchell & Dean) – Coronado Municipal Pool
Robert E. Melvin – development and recreation center in Escondido
Weber & Edwards – Holy Trinity Episcopal at 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd


Make sure you RSVP for our December 15 showing of Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter.
RSVPs are required as the theater has limited seating available. More details are HERE.

Friday November 25, 2011

The trio that is Design/One are hosting their annual holiday party at their shop. Join them between 7-10pm on December 10 at 3789.5 Park Boulevard. Check out their goods HERE.

Wright posted the auction catalog for their December 15 event HERE.

Lloyd Ruocco's Marvin Jackson Residence (ca. 1949) is up for sale! Drop me a line to schedule a showing HERE. See the public listing HERE.


The Leslie 'Lilli' Hill Residence by Henry Hester. Photograph by Julius Shulman.

Tuesday November 22, 2011

San Diego artist, Lilli E. Hill, passed away on Monday, October 17 at San Diego Hospice. She was 90. I first came to know of Ms. Hill when Julius Shulman showed me images from his photo shoot of the Leslie Hill Residence in his studio nearly 10 years ago. Shulman shot the interior and exterior of the home in 1972. A celebration of life will be held at the home for friends and family. For information on Celebration of Life services, call Merkley Mitchell Mortuary, (619) 295-2177.

Al Boeke, the developer-architect whose vision spawned Sea Ranch, the sprawling Northern California coastal enclave known for elegantly rustic homes built to harmonize with a breathtaking natural landscape, died Nov. 8 at his home there. He was 88. Read more about Boeke and Sea Ranch HERE.

To RSVP for our December 15 showing of Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, please email HERE. Payment of $10 for advance RSVPs ($8 for MOPA, San Diego Architectural Foundation, and Mingei members) will be made the night of the event. RSVPs are required as the theater has limited seating available.


Ray and Charles Eames examining the sling locations to be covered by fabric lapping in a prototype of the
Aluminum Group Lounge Chair (1957),as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter.
Copyright 2011 Eames Office, LLC

Saturday November 19, 2011

ModernSanDiego.Com presents the San Diego debut of new film Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter. On December 15, a unique partnership between several San Diego institutions will yield the local debut of the film Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, just days prior to its national (and local) broadcast debut via PBS/KPBS. Through this film, Modern San Diego, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), and Mingei International Museum, will celebrate the work of pioneering designers Charles and Ray Eames. The couple’s groundbreaking work transformed photography, architecture, as well as interior, industrial, furniture and graphic design fields. This unique cross-disciplinary partnership reflects the Eames’ diverse interests and expertise that created a lasting legacy of their very productive lives. Starting with a 6pm reception at Mingei International Museum’s ‘Craft Revolution’ exhibition, the evening will then conclude with the 7pm film screening in MOPA’s 226-seat Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater. KPBS will air the film at 10pm on Monday, December 19. RSVP information is forthcoming.

“Dave Hampton bought a chair. He hasn't sat still since.” On a whim about 10 years ago,  Modern San Diego friend, Dave Hampton bought an Eero Saarinen chair at a local shop. Buying the chair, and making friends with other San Diegans passionate about post-war San Diego prepped him for his role as curator of ‘San Diego’s Craft Revolution’. Read more about Dave in a recent Voice of San Diego profile HERE.

For two years now, a few of us have been plotting an exhibition of designs architects planned for San Diego, yet went unbuilt for a variety of reasons. While some of have expressed interest in Unbuilt San Diego, I have yet to get traction with the idea. It is not a new idea, especially as one witnesses the National Building Museum in Washington, DC launch their new exhibit - Unbuilt Washington - today. Read a critic's perspective HERE and view the museum's site HERE. Any takers for a San Diego show of this type - that would include original drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright's (and son Lloyd Wright's) designs among many others...?


REST IN PEACE: Dale Naegle, Architect. Pictured: The Mansfield Mills Residence (1959).
Photograph by Julius Shulman.

Friday November 18, 2011

Friend, and ModernSanDiego collaborator, architect Dale Naegle succumbed to cancer on Monday. He was 83. An accomplished pianist and trombone player, only slightly set back by childhood polio, Dale was among the few regional designers (and thinkers) to express ideas well beyond traditionalism. A conservative designer and planner he was not – leveraging some of his most challenging ideas in residential development (condominiums that dot the landscape of Mt. Soledad, and brutalist dormatories at UC San Diego), custom homes (his Sam Bell Beach House on Black’s Beach) and commercial projects here and abroad. Dale will be missed in the coming weeks as ModernSanDiego launches a number of events in the community – as he was always in attendance where we promoted/discussed post-war contemporary architecture. Read more about him HERE. Check out his obituary HERE. Peruse his own website HERE.

ModernSanDiego is partnering with the Mingei International Museum and Balboa Park's Museum of Photographic Arts to showcase the San Diego debut of the film Eames: The Architect and the Painter on December 15. Admission will be $10. Event will start at 6PM. RSVPs are mandatory as this event will sell out. More details are forthcoming! Read about the film HERE.


HOME TOUR: THIS SATURDAY! Pictured: The Lanthorn Residence (1963). Photograph by Douglas Simmonds.

Thursday November 17, 2011

Modern San Diego Presents: Parade of Homes - Homer Delawie in the '60s

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 19 to visit two Homer Delawie designed homes from the 1960s. We will hold open these two homes - strong examples of the architect's residential designs - both for sale at the present time. Start with us at noon in Ocean Beach, and then on to La Jolla at 1pm -- two homes back-to-back. 

Homer Delawie's Kratz Residence (1964)
Saturday, November 19 12-130pm
1660 Froude Street, Ocean Beach 92107 

The Kratz Residence, sits high atop Ocean Beach with views to the ocean from its quiet perch. This 2-bed, 2-bath 1700+ square foot home exemplifies Delawie's early '60s program - from T-111 siding, enclosed interior courts, and flat roofs sans eaves to large expanses of glass. Simple and elegant for the time, and still powerful today. Currently listed for $749,900 - $779,900  by Ascent Real Esate. Learn more about this home HERE. 

Homer Delawie's Lanthorn Residence (1963) 
Saturday, November 19 1-230pm
7520 Mar Avenue, La Jolla 92037 

Please join Modern San Diego in celebrating our local mid-century architectural heritage through seeing The Lanthorn Residence during this brief window of time. Listed for $1,200,000 on November 3, this 2-bed, 2-bath home with a stunning view over the Village and on to infinite, uninterrupted sunsets, this home will not be on the market long. Not only is this home perfectly intact, many of the original finishes and fixtures remain in situ. Step back in time, and enjoy the view. Listed by Wilson Realty.  Learn more about this home HERE. 

I started a Raphael Soriano page HERE. Please let me know if you have any further details on his San Diego related activities.

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