Friday, October 24

If you failed to pre-register for our Scripps Tour tomorrow morning, feel free to drop by the registration desk (which opens at 9:30 a.m.) for walk-up sign-up at Sumner Auditorium. We will have guides on La Jolla Shores directing you to one of two parking lots we have secured for your parking pleasure. Look for a sandwich board wearing web geek like me directing traffic.

Craig Ellwood's masterpiece, The Daphne Residence, is on the market for $3.7M. See the realtor's virtual tour HERE or read and see more HERE.

Jennifer and John Eagle were just honored with a National Trust for Historic Preservation National Preservation Honor Award for their work on a home designed in the mid-1950s by Edward Durrell Stone. Read more HERE.

Palm Springs' Riviera Hotel was recently purchased, renovated and just re-opened to much fanfare. Check out the good, bad and ugly HERE.

The new owners of John Lautner's Desert Hot Springs Motel (circa 1947) are profiled HERE.

The newly issued bound version of Arts & Architecture magazine is shown HERE.

Boise, Idaho modernism is discussed HERE.

Columbus, Indiana modernism is discussed HERE.

Palm Springs’ Architecture and Design Council is hosting Donald Wexler for a cocktail reception at the Dinah Shore House. Learn more HERE.

Did you know there was a Cliff May Registry? We have some work to do, San Diegans, updating this site with May's local designs. Check it out HERE and please start contributing.


Another vintage postcard depicting Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the 1960s

Monday, October 20

What are you doing this Saturday? Register for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography panel discussion and walking tour on Saturday October 25th. Head to the San Diego Architecture Foundation to sign up.

Frank Lloyd Wright's, recently restored, Millstone Residence (circa 1954) was profiled by The Times HERE.

Learn about Boise, Idaho's modernist inventory HERE.

John Lautner's 1949 Schaffer residence in Glendale, originally listed at $1,958,000 in the spring and then reduced to $1,775,000, has been reduced again, to $1,573,000. The LA Times asks if modernist architecture is losing favor HERE.

One of Frederick Liebhardt's early residential designs has come on the market. Check it out HERE.


A Vintage Postcard highlighting How SIO Appeared a Couple Decades Ago

Thursday, October 16

Please register for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography panel discussion and walking tour on Saturday October 25th. Head to the San Diego Architecture Foundation to sign up.

The Museum of Design Art and Architecture (MODAA) is launching a new show "The Architecture of William Krisel, AIA" on October 17 with a cocktail party. Learn more HERE.

The last day of the exhibit on John Lautner at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles was Sunday, October 12. The day set a record in attendance for the museum: 1564 people between 11 am and 5 pm. The museum stayed open an extra fifteen minutes to accommodate the crowd. The exhibit next moves to Glasgow, to the Lighthouse, Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.

Sollo Rago's next auction is coming up -- October 25 and 26. Learn more HERE.

The kind folks over at ObjectsUSA are putting on a show this weekend in Palm Springs. Taking over the Studio One Eleven space, you will be able to interact with, learn from, and purchase items through the O-USA team. Learn more HERE.

Wright has posted the results of last week's auction HERE.

Thursday, October 9

Have you registered for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography panel discussion and walking tour on Saturday October 25th? Surf on over to the San Diego Architecture Foundation site to register.

Eero Saarinen's University of Chicago Law School (1960) has been restored and profiled HERE by the Wall Street Journal.

Eero Saarinen's American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London was designed in 1955 and completed by 1960. The U.S. Chancellery, its official title, was Saarinen's only British building. Read a fascinating article on the building HERE.

John Lautner’s Garcia House (circa 1962), recently featured in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times magazine, was recently restored by Marmol Radziner. See some photos HERE. If you haven’t yet, please attend the exhibition “Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner” at the Hammer Museum. The show closes this Sunday October 12th.

Now the Museum of Arts and Design, Edward Durrell Stone’s 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan opened to the public September 27. A lengthy preservation debate about Stone’s tower on Columbus Circle has given way to a terra cotta and glass design. See photos HERE.


San Diego's great art talents: Richard Allen Morris (left) and John Baldessari (right) at the recent MCASD
lecture presentation celebrating the opening of "Weighing and Wanting"

Thursday, October 2

While I have mentioned it to many of you in person, I would like urge you all to attend our first, THE first, architectural seminar and tour focusing on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Saturday October 25th. Surf on over to the San Diego Architecture Foundation site to register. We have some great guests and beautiful weather already secured.

Through the UK “never embraced the king of Modernism” a Vitra-sponsored traveling show, Le Corbusier – the Art of Architecture, bring Le Corbusier to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral through January 18 when it moves over to the Barbican Art Gallery, London, from February 19 until May 24. While some reviewers tend to celebrate any new museum opening, we here at MSD found a genuinely sarcastic and cynical review. “And a very German/Swiss show it is: precise, measured, intellectual, dry. As Graeme Russell, its British curator, suggests, its continental origins means that it avoids the “you ruined our cities” polemic that would have inevitably underlain an exhibition conceived in this country. Instead, it presents Le Corbusier as he is remembered across the Channel: a genius. A flawed genius, admittedly: nobody really wants central Paris flattened for tower blocks, as his 1925 Plan Voisin suggested. But there’s enough – singlehandedly creating an entirely new, visionary language of architecture for the modern age of mass production and the motor car, for example – to warrant the accolade. In lieu of the real thing the exhibition makes do with Le Corbusier’s marvellous plans, models, slightly dodgy Picasso-lite paintings and sculptures, and his scribbles, holiday films (wonderful), promo films, books, notebooks, quotes, postcards, even the knickknacks from his mantelpiece. Few other architects promoted and archived their own myth like Corb.” Core77 has a few photos from the exhibition HERE. After reading a REVIEW of "the buy & sell marketplace for Modern Collectors" LUSHPAD, I had the good fortune of chatting with proprietor Melanie Carlson. She graciously offered users of Modern San Diego FREE unlimited ads using the promotional code MODSANDIEGO valid through the end of January. Check out the site and sell a thing or two while the offer lasts.

Yet another quality photo of the recently-flooded Farnsworth House by Mies Van Der Rohe can be viewed HERE. The rains in the Plano, IL area on and around September 14th put 18 inches of water inside the architectural jewel despite Mies putting the floor on 5-foot risers.

Several years ago, iPod in the ears, I walked through the Tate’s collection of Mark Rothko’s murals for the Seagram Building. It was simply put, breathtaking, and more complexly, has yet to leave my daily thoughts. “There has been a tendency to see these late paintings as intimations of Rothko's suicide (he slit open his veins at his New York studio in February 1970), but the powerful new retrospective of his work at Tate Modern reveals a more universal concern…” In a new exhibition, "Rothko" at London’s Tate Modern, for the first time, eight of the Tate's nine Seagram murals (circa 1959)  “ox-blood, melancholic yet muscular, originally commissioned to decorate the Four Seasons dining room of Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building in New York” will be on view in addition to works from the Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art in Sakura, Japan, and from the National Gallery of Art, Washington. While you may not be in London to catch this show, consider for a moment that the “final scheme for the Four Seasons was never devised and the building could accommodate only seven paintings, Rothko made 30.” A new collection of short stories, "Rothko's Red" was released on September 30 and can be found on Amazon HERE. Read the article quoted above HERE.

Modernist architect Adolf Loos known for his philosophy “ornament is crime” is the focus of a new exhibition. Featuring extensive photographs of his work, glass pieces, furniture, and original plans “Adolf Loos – Works in the Czech Lands” runs at the City of Prague Museum at Florenc until April 5. Read more HERE.

Atomic Age Alliance is presenting the first tour of its kind in Las Vegas, a self-driving tour “Paradise Palms Open House Day,” this Sunday, October 5, 2008. Paradise Palms is a historic neighborhood built by Irwin Molasky Homes and the architectural team of Daniel Palmer and William (Bill) Krisel of Palmer & Krisel from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. Learn more HERE.


Mission Hills Library, Photo by Daniel Soderberg

 

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