An all-day Smithsonian seminar will explore the life and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. The event will be held Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. $90 for members; $130 for non-members. Bill Keene, a Smithsonian study tour lecturer in architecture and urban studies, will lead the discussion. Participants also will hear from Thomas Wright, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, who lives in the Robert Llewellyn Wright House (1957) in Bethesda, which was designed for his father, FLW’s sixth child. Click here for more information and tickets.
Month: January 2015
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With the thermometer on 10 degrees right now, I thought these pictures would be appropriate. Heading south from LA and just off the 405, you can find a small oasis amid the office buildings of Costa Mesa. Located on land that used to grow lima beans, Isamu Noguchi’s “California Scenario” is a 1.6 acre minimalist public garden that highlights California’s diverse natural environment, including its water, farmland, Redwoods, desert and mountains. Here is the garden’s brochure to learn more. Soak up the sun and the modern landscape design. No snow in sight.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2015-01-02 13:11:562015-01-02 13:11:56Happy New Year from Modern Capital
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading and supporting the site during the past eight years. I hope 2015 will be filled with health, happiness and lots of mid-century modern goodness for all. This year architect Michael Cook and I will be developing a Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern home we found on a private .6 acre lot. So stay tuned for updates on this new project.
Here are just a few shots from my recent trip to California to help warm you up and provide some modern inspiration as we kick off the new year. This first series is from the Stahl House, or Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig. This was the first time I did the evening tour. You should do it. It is magical.
Here’s the 1921 Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately, it is currently closed for renovations so no inside tour. Oil heiress Aline Barnsdall picked a nice spot with a view for this Wright design.
Here are some of the Richard Neutra-designed homes in Silver Lake, starting with his own. The second house pictures is the 1957 Yew House. Third is the 1960 Kambara House.
Also in Silver Lake are the Avenel Homes, a 10-unit coop designed by Gregory Ain and built in 1947. The development is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Here are a few examples of more standard mid-century housing in Los Angeles.
I love this mid-century pattern on this balcony in Los Feliz.
This cool mid-century red-brick complex in Beverly Hills looks like it would fit more in DC.
Here are a few from the San Diego area. I love the version of Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House in New York from Legoland.
A folded-plate roof Vons in Coronado.
A nice mid-century house at the beach in Del Mar.
A Palmer and Krisel mid-century modern in University City in La Jolla.
Hop you enjoyed the images. Have a great 2015.