Forgotten Modern: California Houses 1940-1970

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Gibbs Smith, 2007 - Architecture - 280 pages
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Forgotten Modern reveals the work of the innovative architects building in California from the 1930s to the 1970s. With groundbreaking and illuminating examples that will alter the way we think of California architecture, Hess and Weintraub focus on those that exemplify early mid-entury modern, variations on minimalism, and organic architecture.

Though architects, historians, and the public alike have overlooked many of these superb architects from California's past century, this book intends to bring them back to our attention. All the architects included here are important in helping to show the breadth of design, that styles like Organic were more widely represented than we have previously realized, and that the fertile soil of California design fostered a wide spectrum of remarkable ideas-even if not all developed a significant school of followers. Chapters Include: A New Introduction to Midcentury California Searching For Midcentury Modern Variations on Wood and Steel Modernism Organic Architecture History Plus Modernism

  

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User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

The most interesting thing about this book is how the "Forgotten" aspect comes to life primarily through the fact that so many of the houses have very dated (and not in a good way) interior design. What a fascinating look into mid-century modern homes! Read full review

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User Review  - Mom - Goodreads

So far so good, having lived in both Southern and Northern California, this is such a treat to learn about the residential architects of the mid-20th century in the golden state. Read full review

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Contents

A New Introduction to California
6
Publicity and History
11
Suburbia and History
14
North South and History
15
Blind Spots
16
Searching for Midcentury Modern
18
Clarence W Mayhew
20
Albert Stewart and Ted Criley Jr
30
William Cody
142
The Other Modernism in California Organic Architecture
152
Fred and Lois Langhorst
154
Rowan Maiden
160
Mark Mills
168
Foster Rhodes Jackson
202
John Marsh Davis
212
J Lamont Langworthy
220

Paul R Williams
36
Variation on Wood and Steel Modernism
46
Wood
50
Mario Corbett
74
Edward Fickett
84
Palmer and Krisel
102
Steel
110
Allyn E Morris
124
Campbell and Wong
134
Charles Warren Callister
240
Millard Sheets
256
Allen Siple
262
Conclusion
274
Acknowledgments
278
Endnotes
279
Index
280
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About the author (2007)

ALAN HESS (California) is an architect, an architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News and the author of 10 books on 20th-century architecture, including Organic Architecture. ALAN WEINTRAUB (San Francisco/Rio de Janeiro) is a widely published architectural photographer whose books include Lloyd Wright and Organic Architecture.

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