Lloyd Ruocco Residence (La Mesa, Demolished), Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Sunday September 30, 2012

The Getty Foundation is planning to launch mini Pacific Standard Time in 2013 with Los Angeles area museums focusing on architecture. Between April 9–July 21, 2013, the Getty will present Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990. This dynamic exhibition will provide an engaging view of the region's diverse urban landscape, including its ambitious freeway network, sleek corporate towers, whimsical coffee shops, popular shopping malls, refined steel-and-glass residences, and eclectic cultural institutions. Eight other shows that will launch at the same time will be Building the California Dream: A. Quincy Jones and His Circle at the Hammer Museum, A Windshield Perspective: The Framing of L.A. Architecture and Urbanism at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Technology and the Environment: The Post War House in Southern California at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg University Art Gallery, Everything Loose Will Land at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture From Southern California at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Architecture Gallery, Venice, CA, 1979 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Machines and Gardens: The Architecture of Whitney Smith and Smith and Williams, 1941-1973 at the University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara and Reinventing LACMA: Peter Zumthor and the Presence of the Past at LACMA.

I am looking into the possibility of creating a mini film festival around mid-century architecture. If I bring any/all of these films to town – would you go? hmm… In the meantime check out the individual film trailers of Coast Modern, Clean Lines, Open Spaces, People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler, Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, and William Krisel, Architect.

For those that have followed Gene Weston's career, you may not have read a fantastic piece he, along with David Curry, wrote about his amazing career. Check it out HERE.

Check out this slideshow - a  complete 1964 Howard Miller Lighting Catalog.

Wright posted the online catalog for their Modern Design auction slated for October 18 HERE.

Woodbury School of Architecture’s WUHO Gallery is teaming up with the Julius Shulman Institute to present Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson between October 4-28. For more than two years, Gil and Larsson documented the lives of residents in the non-Euclidean geometries of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s iconic Marina City (1959-67) in Chicago. Celebrating Goldberg's original vision for affordable apartments in a central, high-density location, this revealing series of photographs provides a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the diverse array of people and living spaces within these popular cylindrical residential towers.  Learn more HERE.

Snapshot in Sculpture: 1960's San Diego Midcentury Art = Dave Hampton is hanging out at the Airport.

Thursday September 27, 2012

Head over to the San Diego Airport's Terminal Two Baggage Claim area to see Dave Hampton's 'Snapshot in Sculpture' show - whether or not you have a flight or someone to pick up!

The Escondido History Center is hosting their second Adobe Home Tour on Sunday, October 14th. Three of the 4 homes on the tour were built by the Weir Bros. including the Bob Weir, Hotchkiss and Julian Kaufman residences. Ticket information is HERE.

Architect Mark Silva is cutting out a niche - restoring and remodeling modern homes.
Pictured above is a recent effort - a Herb Turner design in Solana Beach. Check out more HERE.

Sunday September 23, 2012

Modern San Diego is among the presenting sponsors of this year's Art of Photography show. Learn more HERE.

Hidden along the tree-lined boulevards of Claremont, CA featuring Victorian, Spanish Revival and Craftsman architecture, are modernist masterpieces by the likes of Richard Neutra, Fred McDowell, Theodore Criley Jr., Millard Sheets, A. Quincy Jones, Cliff May, Foster Rhodes Jackson, and Edward Durell Stone. This week’s CLAREMONT MODERN SYMPOSIUM will look at the Modern resources that inhabit Claremont and nearby communities to educate and inform how they might be preserved for future generations. The Claremont Modern Symposium Thursday, September 27 at Claremont University Consortium's Administrative Campus Center, 101 S. Mills Avenue. Speakers include authors Barbara Lamprecht, Alan Hess and Hicks Stone. Learn more HERE.

Next Saturday, September 29th Claremont Heritage is offering a special presentation by Hicks Stone – son and biographer of architect Edward Durrell Stone. Hicks will speak on his father’s work and discuss the impact he had in Claremont.  From the iconic Kresge Chapel and campus master plan at Claremont School of Theology (1963) as well as the master plan for Harvey Mudd College (1959). Following the presentation, Stone will sign his book Edward Durell Stone A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect published by Rizzoli. Learn more HERE.

Architect Robert Platt's Christensen Residence in Point Loma sold in just a couple of days!

Thursday September 20, 2012

Rent Richard Neutra's former office! Check it out HERE.

Proud of your mid-century kitchen? Enter it in a contest HERE.

Studio E drafted a list of their favorite buildings in San Diego - and we agree. The list is HERE.

MOMA has launched Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000. Check it out HERE.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions has posted their new catalog HERE.

The online catalog for Rago's 'Discovery' auction has been posted HERE.

Next Sunday The Museum of California Design is hosting a benefit. Buy tickets HERE.

A vintage shot of Cliff May Homes' Vista Del Loma tract.
When photographed by J.B. Koch, he noted 'Santa Clara Drive 1958-59'.

Sunday September 16, 2012

Many thanks to Modern San Diego visitor Chris Armstrong, of Koch-Armstrong General Engineering Inc., for sending along vintage photographs of Cliff May's Vista Del Loma tract! Check them out on the Cliff May page HERE.

Palm Springs Modernism Week organizers are giving fans of modernism a mid-year fling as they participate in DOCOMOMO National Tour Day on October 8. The folks at Modernism Week will offer an October version of their Double Decker Architecture Bus Tour as well as 4-days of other events. Learn more HERE.

Ever wonder what John Lautner, Craig Ellwood, Ray Kappe, and Charles Eames were like – in their own words? SCI-Arc’s media archive has posted interviews with these and other modernist luminaries to their site HERE.

Photographer Pedro Guerrero, who starting in 1939 spent a half-century capturing Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture on film, recently died at his home in Florence, Arizona. He was 95. Read more HERE.

Pictured Above: A. Quincy Jones 'Sun Villa' ( ca. 1950). Do you know where any are?

Sunday September 9, 2012

The 'Daves' as in Hampton and Skelley appeared on KUSI and's that good. Check 'em out HERE.

The entire Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archive is moving permanently to New York in an unusual joint partnership between the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, where it will become more accessible to the public for viewing and scholarship. Read more HERE.

Smith & Williams Shoreline House for Orange County Home Show (Costa Mesa, ca. 1957)

Saturday September 1 , 2012

The Los Angeles chapter of the AIA is hosting a series of one-off home tours. The Modernist/Contemporary Tour launches Sept. 23 in Santa Monica with a tour of Harwell Hamilton Harris' John Entenza Residence; two small Rudolph Schindler homes in Inglewood built in 1940; a Schindler apartment; and a Gregory Ain designed apartment. Read more HERE.

Pat Caughey will be lecturing on landscape architects Harriett Wimmer and Joe Yamada on October 20th for the Friends of San Diego Architecture. Read more HERE.

Looking to remodel? Studio E is providing free consultations. Learn more HERE.

UC Santa Barbara’s Art Design & Architecture Museum will be opening a new exhibition on the firm of Smith and Williams on April 13, 2013. Keep up to date HERE.


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