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Found 6 blog entries tagged as "mid-century architecture".

California has a reputation for some pretty wild and wacky architectural trends, many of which were noted by the late, great Huell Howser in his California’s Gold TV series. In filming California’s Gold, Howser traveled the length and breadth of the Golden State taking note of places, events, and people that captured his interest. One of his early road trips took him along the famed Route 66 to Newberry Springs where he didn’t find the buffalo, pistachios, or ostriches he was expecting – but he did find a home that is one of those only-in-California kind of places.

When the home on Silver Valley Road came up for sale last month, it captured my interest, not only because it had once been owned by Huell Howser, but because the Volcano House is a

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It seems that Mid-Century Modern architecture is making a nostalgic comeback if a couple of recent construction projects are any indicator.  Just outside of Phoenix, Shea Homes Arizona is currently building and selling six new MCM design models that emphasize the Mid-Century aesthetic of clean lines and indoor/outdoor living coupled with 21st Century amenities that include secret rooms, separate loft areas, and even an option for a detached casita that can serve as a studio, office, or guest quarters.

A little closer to home, Palm Springs Modern Homes has a brand new development in the works that will feature 18 single-family Modernist homes with Mid-Century lines and sensibilities.  Dubbed 18@TwinPalms, the homes will feature Eichleresque details that

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When you see a low-slung, Modernist home with exposed post-and-beam construction, concrete slabs with radiant floor heat, and walls of glass opening to the outside, it might be an Eichler.  Then again, maybe it isn’t.  Although we associate the easy, open plan, indoor/outdoor style with Joseph Eichler, Roger Lee was another Mid-Century builder/architect who shared Eichler’s affinity for well-designed homes built for middle class people.

Like Eichler, Roger Lee built spec homes during the building boom after WWII.  Eichler and Lee shared the modernist tradition and the notion that homes should be affordable, stylish, and functional.  While Joseph Eichler built thousands of homes, however, Roger Lee built on a much smaller scale, designing 100+ homes in

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In November the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DoCoMoMo for short) announced its first ever annual Modernism in America Awards.  The results are in and winners have been announced, leaving me with a very pleased feeling for the respect that is being shown for our Mid-Century structures all over the U.S. 

The Design Award of Excellence went to the restoration of Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park, CA.  In this restoration the jury cited exemplary attention to detail, respect for preservation, and sensitive restoration, adaptation, and expansion for continued productive use.

 

The Survey Award of Excellence was won by the Curating

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Modernism is hitting Palm Springs hard this week, making it a hotbed of Mid-Century activity.  Palm Springs’ annual Modernism Week celebration kicks off Thursday (Feb. 13) with the after-dark Modern Mambo dance extravaganza in the Caliente Tropics Hotel (c. 1964) and continues through Sunday, February 23.

Events for Modernism Week will include the Palm Springs Fine Arts Fair, which features national and international artists and works of art; a self-drive Desert Contemporary Home Tour; walking tours; bus tours; films and lectures; jazzy parties; and lots of shopping.

Palm Springs is the epicenter of Mid-Century Modern architecture and Desert Modernism lifestyle.  In 2006 it earned a spot on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of

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San Francisco architect-turned-artist Michael Murphy is one of my favorites and is fast becoming one of the Bay Area’s Mid-Century Modern treasures.  Best known for his widely acclaimed Forgotten Modernism series, Murphy’s work celebrates Mid-Century and contemporary architecture; but also goes beyond and interprets some of San Francisco’s traditional architectural gems with a modernistic point of view.

Always stylized, Murphy’s artwork includes San Francisco neighborhoods…                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                     …and Eichlers, including Eichler Summit at 999 Green Street in San Francisco. 

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