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.
Atherton: The Arthur
C. Matthews Residence (1950)
Ablin Residence (1958)
Beverly Hills: Anderton
Court Shops (1952)
C. Pearce House (1950)
Carmel: Mrs. Clinton
Walker Residence (1948)
Hillsborough: Sidney Bazett Residence (1939)
Los Angeles: Aline
M. Barnsdall House “Hollyhock House” (1917)
Los Angeles: Charles
Ennis Residence (1923)
Los Angeles: John
Storer Residence (1923)
Los Angeles: George
D. Sturges House
Los Angeles: Samuel
Malibu: Arch Oboler
House, Gatehouse & Eleanor's Retreat (1941)
Modesto: Robert G. Walton Residence (1957)
C. Stewart House (Butterfly Woods) (1909)
Orinda: Maynard P. Buehler Residence (1948)
Palo Alto: The Paul
R. Hanna Residence or “Honeycomb House” (1936)
Pasadena: Mrs. George
M. Millard House (La Miniatura)
San Anselmo: The Robert Berger Residence (1950)
San Francisco: V.C.
Morris Gift Shop (1948)
San Luis Obispo:
Karl Kundert Medical Clinic (1955)
San Rafael: Marin
County Civic Center Administration Building
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.
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.