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ModCom Wins State Approval for Case Study House Nomination

On May 1, 2013, the Modern Committee won approval from the State of California – State Historic Resources Commission for the nominations of Case Study Houses: 1, 9,10,16 (Ellwood),18, 20 (Bass), 21, 22, 23C and 28, 10 Homes in all, which are, as of May 1, 2013, on the State of California Register of Historic Places. Case Study House 23A was deemed Eligible status and is also on the State Register. A multiple nomination has never been done anywhere; so we’re very proud. Congratulations Modern Committee! We did it! On to Read more » [...]

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Modern Masters 2012

Sarmiento and ModCom Chairman Emeritus Chris Nichols

The Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee presented the annual Modern Masters awards at a ceremony inside the landmark Department of Water and Power building in downtown Los Angeles on December 17th. Recipients of the awards were architect W.A. Sarmiento, who worked with the group to save his 1959 Glendale Federal Savings, and Fidelity Federal Savings buildings in Glendale. Claremont artist Betty Davenport Ford, who collaborated with Millard Sheets creating sculptures for his series of Home Savings buildings, and landscape architect Howard Troller, whose firm Cornell, Bridgers and Troller created iconic Read more » [...]

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Chez Jay Becomes Santa Monica Landmark

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Chez Jay, a nautical themed bar and steakhouse located on Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica, has had an uncertain fate since earlier this year when the City of Santa Monica expressed a desire for the restaurant to complement the adjacent park that is currently under development. We are happy to report that at the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission Meeting, the vote was unanimous that Chez Jay become a local landmark. Chez Jay’s new status means that the Landmarks Commission would need to approve any future changes to the building. Changes Read more » [...]

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Gladys & David Wright House on the Market - Phoenix

Frank Lloyd Wright - Gladys and David House

The Gladys and David Wright House is on the Market Under eminent threat to be demolished and lot split for 2 new homes. Built: 1951 2+ Acres/94,913 s.f. with views of Camelback Mountain 2,553 S.f. 4 BR, 4BA Dining in Living Room/Great Room Separate Guest house with Carport Philippine mahogany wood ceilings, cabinets, doors, and window casings Swimming Pool constructed as part of exterior architectural detail Frank Lloyd Wright designed area rug Built in storage Concrete floors Frank Lloyd Wright designed table and 4 chairs, and Blueprints of home House Read more » [...]

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City Council Favors Sunset Lanai Designation

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The designation of Sunset Lanai (Edward Fickett, 1952) as a local historic resource is still not official following the West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday night. Mayor Jeff Prang and council members voted 4-1 to defer the decision. The Mayor and Council are unanimously in favor of designation, but granted the delay requested by owner Edwin Silver. Silver sites financial issues as reason for his appeal of the historic designation, although the designation does nothing more than require general maintenance of the building. The owner could also qualify for Read more » [...]

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San Gabriel Valley Tour

NIchols SGV Tour

 Our very own Chris Nichols, Modern Committee Chair Emeritus and the man behind Los Angeles Magazine’s Ask Chris column, has organized an incredible opportunity to explore the San Gabriel Valley.  This one-time-only tour highlights preservation successes and as well as recent ModCom issues. Special guests include Sven Kirsten, author of  Book of Tiki and the 96-year-old architect of the Covina Bowl, Gordon Powers. Space is limited and tickets will go quickly. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the mid-century culture of the San Gabriel Valley! Reserve your tickets now. Read more » [...]

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Beverly Hills Master Architects Approved

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  The Beverly Hills City Council voted unanimously on January 10 to adopt an ordinance which will help protect the city’s irreplaceable historic and cultural resources. The ordinance followed several recent losses of modernist structures including John Lautner’s Shusset Residence and the Beverly Hills Friars Club, as well as the proposed demolition of Richard Neutra’s Kronish House (pictured).  The ordinance called for a list of “Master Architects” to be produced and was open to public comment. The ordinance defines “master architect” as “[a]n architect of recognized greatness in the field of Read more » [...]

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Sunset Lanai Issue on July Agenda

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  As we mentioned here , we have been awaiting the Sunset Lanai apartment complex (Edward Fickett, 1952) in the City of West Hollywood to go before City Council to be approved for local historic designation. The original hearing was scheduled for May and then postponed. The issue is now on the July agenda and we hope for a unanimous recommendation just like the Fickett building at 1127 Horn received. Take a couple of minutes, especially if you’re a resident of West Hollywood, to drop a line to a City Read more » [...]

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Dwell On Design Volunteers Needed

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The Modern Committee will have a booth at Dwell On Design! If you’re a ModCom member who would like to introduce new people to your passion for modernism, we would really appreciate your time in volunteering for a 2-3 hour shift at the booth on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (June 22nd-24th) We could also use few folks who may be able to do some heavy lifting to get the booth set up on Thursday evening (June 21st). Please contact Cheryll at cherylldudleyroberts@gmail.com [...]

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Sunset Lanai Hearing Postponed

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The Sunset Lanai (Edward Fickett, 1952) hearing before the West Hollywood City Council that was originally scheduled for May 21st has been rescheduled tentatively for July.  We will keep you posted as we find out more.  You can read about the issue here. Thanks for your support! [...]