Tag Archives: modernism

Saturday Drive: Coronado, Gaslamp, Pioneer Park, Pringle Street (Photos)

5 Nov

Here’s a bunch of fotos I snapped today. After the rain it was nice to get out and experience a crisp fall day.

I made the mistake of driving into Mission Valley, inspired to breeze through Ikea, not realizing a huge event was underway. So plan B, we headed out to Coronado and Gaslamp for a drive.

Had to pull over and chow on some tasty tacos at Las Quatro Milpas before heading to Coronado. Did you know they are on Facebook? I reviewd LQM on Yelp too, be sure to read the post with all the links here.

We ended the day of errands by walking the dogs through Pioneer Park to Pringle Street. Also one of my favorite modern homes is listed below. From time to time I come across homes I have admired my whole life living here in Mission Hills, this house is one of them. Love the views from that area in back of the park. There was a wedding and I couldn’t resist sharing a snaps or two, so cute! Forgot my camera again so forgive my Blackberry quality. Enjoy

Craft Revolution: Mid-Century Style Comes to Mingei | San Diego Uptown News

31 Oct


From Post-War Modern to California Design

Oct 16, 11 through Apr 15, 12

IMAGE SOURCE: www.mingei.org


IMAGE SOURCE: mingei.org

At the end of the exhibit is Ellamarie and Jackson Wooley’s huge “Reflective Sun” wall sculpture, which once graced the San Diego Civic Theatre. There’s a sad tale connected to its eventual removal but that does not diminish its brilliance, capping an exhibit worthy of multiple visits.

Craft Revolution: Mid-Century Style Comes to Mingei | San Diego Uptown News

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Vintage photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal early life through Kodachrome

13 Sep

Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater.

The photographs in the collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.

Below are some of my personal favorites. I was inspired to pass along these photos from this recent online post about his 1940’s New York City photos. AMAZING! I copied the NYC photos after the jump for your enjoyment.

A corner of the court Casa de Pico motor lodge San Diego – old town

Casa de Pico San Diego, Calif.
Elephant Tower (San Francisco, Calif.)
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif
The very last word in SF houses — on Washington at Maple [3800 West].
The very last word in San Francisco dwellings. 
Washington at Maple [3800 West].
Wedge-shaped group of buildings along Pacific St east from Walnut
Santa’s Village near Santa Cruz
From top of Excelsior Hotel BEIRUT  Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon   May 1, 1965

Indiana University’s Digital Library Program and the Indiana University Archives invite you to explore what Cushman saw. Here you can view his photographs as well as read contextual information about Cushman’s life and work.

New York City photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple | Mail Online

Landmark Houses: John Lautner’s Chemosphere – latimes.com

8 Sep

The sleek, octagonal design, arguably the boldest work by the singular architect John Lautner, is considered a masterpiece of California Modernism and is beloved by cultists of midcentury design.

The approach to the house, with purple Pride of Madeira and red geraniums in bloom.
The unusual construction of Lautner’s octagonal design has helped it weather earthquakes and heavy rains.
Publisher Benedikt Taschen, photographed at work in the home in 2005, sits behind expanses of glass reflecting clouds and sky.
Clean-lined furnishings include an oval dining room table by Florence Knoll and suspended lamps of bent plexiglass strips by L.A. artist Jorge Pardo.
The living room includes an Eames chair and coffee table and a rug by Albert Oehlen. The small window near floor level, rear left, offers a glimpse of the driveway.
Publisher Benedikt Taschen says of the iconic 1960 home he bought in 1997 and restored, “It’s the responsibility of the owner to preserve it for future generations because a house like this doesn’t belong to one or two people: It belongs to mankind.”
Chemosphere’s panoramic windows open up to views of the San Fernando Valley; the other side of house faces a quiet hillside, a scene that can almost feel like a nature preserve.
By Scott Timberg
All photos by ( Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times )