Thursday, May 30, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: zook house, 1950, harold b. zook, architect

And so, all good things must come to an end. I bring you, the very last home I saw on the Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern House Tour. (You can see all six homes here.) The last home is a true and classic mid-century modern.

The brochure calls it "an excellent example of the International Modern style." I call it one tall drink of water.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

It was perhaps this house that I got most excited about the opportunity to visit on the  Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern House Tour.  (You can see all six homes here.) I have a very soft spot in my heart for Frank Lloyd Wright and was quite curious to see what his son had contributed to mid-century architecture.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Honestly, not disappointed. At all.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: Hamlin House, 1983

Our Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern House Tour soldiers on with the Hamlin House. (You can see all six homes here.) The Hamlin House bounces us out of mid-century modernism straight into the eighties.

Pasadena Heritage, Hamlin House, 1983, San Marino, CA, Buff and Hensman, Architects

Does this front door scream eighties or what? Oh and the fuzzy photo tour continues. Readers of yesterday's post have said I need to own it. Own it I shall.

Monday, May 27, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: test house 1952

Our Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern House Tour continues with the Test House. (You can see all six homes here.) No, this "Test" is not like a Case Study Home.

Test House, 1952, Pasadena, CA 91105, Lawrence Test Architect
This ornamental rail design is used throughout the house.

It is a home architected by Lawrence Test for his family in Pasadena.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: norton house, 1954

On the Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern Home Tour (you can see all six homes here), I had the pleasure of visiting an early Buff and Hensman home, built in 1954 for an oil company executive. Again, like the Tyler House, this home is a well crafted tribute to the post and beam construction prevalent in the mid-century.

Norton House, 1954, 820 Burleigh Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105, Buff and Hensman

Shall we?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: tyler house, 1958

As advertised last Saturday, I went on the most AWESOME Modern Home Tour in Pasadena, CA put on by Pasadena Heritage. It's awesomeness kind of caught me off guard. When I think of Pasadena, I think of Green and Green, Bungalow Heaven, and Frank Lloyd Wright. I do not think mid-century modern.

Tyler House, 1958, Pasadena, CA, Ted Tyler Builder
Do you get the touch of craftsman and the modern in the address marker street light?
Colors are modern, shapes are really Frank Lloyd Wright.

I was so wrong. The houses were fabulous . . . oh so modern, but with a touch of craftsman. My first architectural love was craftsman (as judging by our misplaced kitchen), so I was all in. Our first home, The Tyler House, is a true blend for sure.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Home Tour Sunday May 19: Pasadena Heritage Modern Architecture in L.A.

Yay! A modern home tour tomorrow, Sunday, May 19 in Pasadena, California.

Harold Zook House – Photo by James Staub
1983 Hamlin House designed by Buff & Hensman and photo by  Dennis Hill
Pasadena Heritage is presenting Modern Architecture in L.A. You know I will be there. With bells on. And tickets are still available!

Friday, May 10, 2013

bauer pottery: retro and vintage inspired corner

A challenge rang out from Australia, "We'd love you to share a favorite retro or vintage inspired corner of your home."

Bauer pottery orange

Kylie and Donna throw such good retro parties. How could I resist? And, I have had "Bauer" on the blog post to do list for a long time. Today is finally the day.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

ten reasons why i love the new newport beach civic center

In 2010, Newport Beach finally broke ground for the construction of a new Civic Center and Park. Projected costs were about $110M. Fundraising and planning had been going on for years.

The City of Newport Beach Civic Center and Park May 4 2013

The "cynics and the critics," as Mayor Keith Curry referred to them in his dedication speech on Saturday, May 4,  fought long and hard to prevent this project. As a lover of all things modern and beautiful, I am happy to report, THEY DID NOT WIN.