Rough walk-thru of Craig Ellwood's Bobertz Residence (San Diego)

Sunday, November 30

John Lautner’s Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Gantvoort House (1947) in La Canada Flintridge is for sale for $1,650,000. According to the John Lautner Foundation the Gantvoorts lived in the economically designed house through 2004. “Because of its modest size (1800 square feet), the large one-acre lot, and the bargain price buyers may be looking at the property as a tear-down. See 33 photos HERE.

LAMA posted the online preview of their upcoming December 7th auction HERE.

Wright has posted the online preview of their December 9th auction HERE.

Joern Utzon, the Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House, only to abandon the project before its completion and never return to Australia, just died. He was 90. Read more about Utzon HERE.

Tuesday, November 18

The State Historical Resources Commission just placed Riverside's downtown fire station on the California Register of Historical Resources over the city's objections. The city will now have to thoroughly document its justification for planning to demolish the 1950s-era building, an example of mid-20th century modern architecture. Local architectural historian Tanya Sorrell, who runs nominated the fire station, by late Riverside architect Bolton C. Moise Jr., for listing on the state register. Learn more HERE and HERE.

Architect Renzo Piano unveiled preliminary designs for a 90,000-square-foot $70 miollion new building, addition to Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum (circa 1972) in Fort Worth, TX. Read a bit more HERE.

The J. Irwin and Xenia Simons Miller Residence (circa 1957) by Eero Saarinen (with landscaping by Daniel Urban Kiley and interiors by Alexander Girard) in Columbus Indiana has been donated by the family to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and will undergo a major renovation and eventually be opened to the public. IMA officials announced the donation by the family of and the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation. The benefactors have also pledged $5 million toward a planned $8 million endowment for the house and surrounding grounds. Learn more HERE.

The Bridge House (1958) by architect John MacLane Johansen in New Canaan, CT is up for sale for $5 million. In Record Houses of 1958, the house was called "one of the nation's most significant for outstanding architectural excellence in planning and design" and was honored at the same time as "House of the Year" by Architectural Record. Learn more HERE.

The exhibit (Alexander) "Calder's Circus," from New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art permanent collection, is the first hint that this engineer-painter-sculptor was well on his way to revolutionizing art with his radical notion of kinetic sculpture. The show is full of toys, animals, circus paraphernalia and big, moving objects made of wires, rods and balls. Learn more HERE.

Last month the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation added the 1969 Lord & Taylor building to its list of top "preservation opportunities" in the state. The Stamford, Connecticut store is one of 12 Lord & Taylors designed by Andrew Gellar, Raymond Loewy's in-house architect. Learn more HERE.

Steven Nash, Executive Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum recently announced that the museum was the recipient of a major collection of original architectural renderings and drawings, furniture, and models from L.J. Cella, a private collector. Including Neutra presentation drawings from 1953, the collection will be a part of the museum's permanent collection and expands the museum's holdings of architecture and design-related work.

Rob Kincaid, co-owner of, a firm specializing in vacation rentals and sales of upscale Mid-Century Modern properties, agrees. "Increasingly, visitors come to Palm Springs to experience our amazing architecture, and want to rent or buy Palm Springs Modern houses," he says. "The Mid-Century architectural style is as much of an attraction as our sunny weather, swimming pools and golf." For people living in more traditional (and colder!) parts of the country, the notion of vacationing in a sleek, retro home is alluring. "Palm Springs Modern design is bright, open, casual and fun," says Kincaid. "It integrates indoors and outdoors: bedrooms open onto patios and pools, and the glass walls and sweeping rooflines enable spectacular views of palm trees and mountains from inside. And that's the experience provides, with homes available for rent from two nights to two weeks or more." Learn more HERE.

Green Residence (1978) by Donald Cromley is up FOR SALE

Thursday, November 13

In a vote of 5 in favor and 1 opposed, the City of La Mesa, Historical Resources Commission, voted to designate Cliff May’s Choate House as well as Lloyd Ruocco’s Cole House (1952). These were the first Modernist houses designated in La Mesa. Congratulations to the homeowners and Legacy 106 for the Choate nomination.

In early '09 the San Diego Museum of Art will open a new show "Louise Nevelson’s Night Presence II: Conservation, Contextualization, Celebration" in celebration of the newly restored sculpture "Night Presence II". The show will offer a sampling of drawings, prints, and sculpture from SDMA’s permanent collection and prominent San Diego collections.

Following its renovation and restoration, Paul Rudolph's Art & Architecture Building reopened last weekend and was rededicated as Paul Rudolph Hall. Read more HERE and HERE.

Phoenix folks can rejoice in their local architectural inventory with upcoming events. Check out more HERE.

Apparently Oceanside's Flying Bridge Restaraunt has closed and is slated for demolition. Read an article from last May on the topic HERE.

Flying Bridge Restaraunt in Oceanside - now slated for demolition.

Wednesday, November 5

The Weston Havens House, designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris and completed in 1941, has gained increasingly iconic status among fans of modern architecture since it passed into the ownership of the University of California at Berkeley following the death of its owner earlier this decade. Learn more HERE.

When we set a new precedent, putting modernist landscape architect Joe Yamada in front of an audience to talk about his work, at our Scripps Institution of Oceanography tour, we had no idea how amazing it would be. Learn more about Yamada's career HERE.

From the Chicago Tribune - October 18, 1938 - Mies Van Der Rohe is upstaged by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out the article HERE.

Tuesday, November 4

Stop reading this and get to the polls and vote!

For those that attended our Scripps Institution of Oceanography lectures and walking tour - thank you for showing up. We had strong attendance and the 1960 Sumner Auditorium by Risley Gould couldn't have been a more unique venue. If you missed it -- we have more things brewing in the future here at Modern San Diego headquarters.

Richard Neutra's Kaufmann house in Palm Springs is listed for sale for $12.975 million! After months of failing to find a buyer via the MLS or at auction, now is your chance to pick up this jewel at a rock bottom price! Read more HERE.

Check out the Century of Style "antiques + design" show at the Del Mar fairgrounds on the weekend of November 21-23. Learn more HERE.

Lou Dorfsman, who for more than 40 years designed every aspect of the Columbia Broadcasting Company’s advertising and corporate identity has died. He was 90. Dorfsman oversaw every detail of the graphics for the CBS headquarters building, which was designed by the architect Eero Saarinen. Learn more HERE.

The former home of Hugh DePree, former vice president of Herman Miller, designed by George Miller circa 1946, has new owners. Check out the profile HERE.

William Smull, 87, a pioneering post-war modern architect passed away October 4th. Read more HERE.

One of Philip Johnson's houses in New Canaan, CT is for sale! Check it out HERE.

Check out a blog about St. Louis modernism HERE.


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