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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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 is an architect and historian who has written nine books documenting the architectural history of the West's suburban metropolises (including Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses; The Ranch House; Viva Las Vegas; and The Architecture of John Lautner). He has served as architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986. He studied at UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and has been active in the preservation of roadside and post-War architecture, qualifying the nation's oldest McDonald's drive-in, the 1947 Bullock's Pasadena department store, the 1956 Valley Ho Motor Inn in Scottsdale, among others, for the National Register of Historic Places. He received a 1997 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for his efforts to preserve the McDonald's. Hess has taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciArc) and UCLA. He lives in Irvine, California. Alan Weintraub is a widely published architectural photographer whose books include Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses; Lloyd Wright: The Architecture of FLW, Jr.; The Architecture of John Lautner; Oscar Niemeyer: Houses; Rancho Deluxe: Rustic Dreams and Real Western Living, as well as an ongoing work on the modern residential architecture of Brazil.

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