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LA MESA MODERN! Drew Ford. Photo by Iris Conrad. Check out her Flickr site HERE.

Sunday November 22nd, 2009

As the weather cools down, maybe it's time for a holiday road trip. What follows is a list of Frank Lloyd Wright's California buildings.
What better way to explore California using architecture as your guide!

Atherton: The Arthur C. Matthews Residence (1950)
83 Wisteria Way

Bakersfield: George Ablin Residence (1958)
4260 Country Club Drive

Beverly Hills: Anderton Court Shops (1952)
332 North Rodeo Drive

Bradbury: Wilbur C. Pearce House (1950)
5 Bradbury Hills Road

Carmel: Mrs. Clinton Walker Residence (1948)
Scenic and Martin Way, Carmel by the Sea.

Hillsborough: Sidney Bazett Residence (1939)

Los Angeles: Aline M. Barnsdall House “Hollyhock House” (1917)
4800 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles: Charles Ennis Residence (1923)
1962 Glendower Avenue

Los Angeles: John Storer Residence (1923)
8161 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles: George D. Sturges House
449 Skyewiay Road

Los Angeles: Samuel Freeman House

Los Banos: Randall Fawcett Residence (1955)
21200 South Center Drive, Los Banos

Malibu: Arch Oboler House, Gatehouse & Eleanor's Retreat (1941)
West Mulholland Highway

Modesto: Robert G. Walton Residence (1957)

Montecito: George C. Stewart House (Butterfly Woods) (1909)
Hot Springs Road and Summit Road, Montecito

Orinda: Maynard P. Buehler Residence (1948)

Palo Alto: The Paul R. Hanna Residence or “Honeycomb House” (1936)
Page Mill Road

Pasadena: Mrs. George M. Millard House (La Miniatura)

Redding: Pilgrim Congregational Church
2850 Foothill Boulevard

San Anselmo: The Robert Berger Residence (1950)

San Francisco: V.C. Morris Gift Shop (1948)
140 Maiden Lane

San Luis Obispo: Karl Kundert Medical Clinic (1955)
1106 Pacific Street

San Rafael: Marin County Civic Center Administration Building
3501 Civic Center Drive

San Rafael: Marin County Civic Center Hall of Justice
3501 Civic Center Drive

San Rafael: Marin County Civic Center US Post Office
3501 Civic Center Drive


Objects USA Opening Party from last Friday night. Another successful event!

Tuesday November 17th, 2009

I have written in this space before about the value of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (1956) by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Located at 2901 5th Avenue, San Diego, this building is again in the news. On Friday, November 20th, San Diego’s Historic Resources Board will hold a public meeting to review the eligibility of this amazing structure for historic designation. Discounting Heritage Architecture and Planning’s report on its eligibility for designation, HRB wants to review it again. Currently the HRB Staff Reccomendation is “Do not designate…as a historical resource under any HRB Criteria.” Believing that there is “…question of the building being SOM-designed and the numerous alterations to the building which substantially alter the architect’s original design intent…” It is likely that if not designated that this portion of our built environment will be demolished. For more, click HERE.

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, a duo of influential mid-century California designer-craftmen launched their own site encompassing their vast body of work. Guided by the ideals of the Bauhaus, the Ackermans created pieces in a wide variety of media, leveraging their knowledge of fine art, craft, and design. Designed for collectors, designers, historians, and anyone interested in mid-century design, this new web site offers an interactive timeline, biographical information, and selected studio of work, as well as exhibition, collection, and publication information. Designed by j3productions, the site offers a fresh, clean, and informative look into the Ackermans’ work and life. Check it out HERE.

Read a New York Times review of the new show “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future,” which opened at the Museum of the City of New York last Tuesday HERE.

Also at MOMA is the new show "Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity," which runs through January 25. Read a Time Magazine review HERE.
 

Tuesday November 3rd, 2009

MERCERYORK.COM has launched. What has evolved from Modern San Diego’s popular Real Estate section, is now a whole site devoted to ‘San Diego Architecture For Sale’. Including a robust inventory of fantastic mid-century architecture, the site will evolve rather rapidly to include turn-of-the-century through pre-War housing as well as contemporary residences. Please check out our new site today, and visit regularly – as what’s on the market changes daily. And if you know someone looking to NOT live in a cookie-cutter home, send them along.

 

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