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by Tony
Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Open house at Marmol-Radziner Desert House
Replies: 0
Views: 454

Open house at Marmol-Radziner Desert House

The last public open house of the Marmol-Radziner Desert House will be on Saturday, March 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.



Tony
by Tony
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Vanity Fair on 1920s Egyptomania
Replies: 3
Views: 1241

The Egyptian craze back then even reached the Salton Sea. The town of Niland was named as a contraction of "nile land". This also probably created the fad for dates. The first Date Festival in Indio, 1924 I think, had exhibitions from every date producing country in the world. And it was a...
by Tony
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mold in old houses
Replies: 18
Views: 2971

Absolutely right Miguel! Whenever dealing with somethink like mold or asbestos it's always best to hire an expert.

Tony
by Tony
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Case Study House #21 (Pierre Koenig)
Replies: 73
Views: 6794

There is another point of view, that of architect Albert Speer who, along with Adolf Hitler, came up with the "ruin theory" of architecture. Which was that buildings should be designed to look beautiful, in the remote future, as a ruin. Now that seems to me an extreme point of view with fe...
by Tony
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Frey II new photos, Palm Springs, CA
Replies: 5
Views: 5215

Very nice pictures. Thanks for posting those. Haven't been up there in a while. I see that they have removed the ugly aluminum and rope fence Albert put up around the pool after the City cited him for a non-confirming fence. I wish that the Palm Springs Art Museum would open the house more for visit...
by Tony
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Mold in old houses
Replies: 18
Views: 2971

Mold, to my point of view, is one of these pseudo problems. Convenient if you want to get out of an escrow. But is it really a real problem? We've lived for hundreds of years with mold and damn'd few people have died from it. In some areas of Brentwood, in West Los Angeles, houses can fail a mold in...
by Tony
Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Case Study House #21 (Pierre Koenig)
Replies: 73
Views: 6794

And we all should remember that the Kaufmann house was sold as a tear down! One think I like to mention when I lecture or give tours is a singular difference between modern architecture and, say Spanish architecture. When a Spanish building ages or gets run down, it aquires patina. Whereas a modern ...
by Tony
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Case Study House #21 (Pierre Koenig)
Replies: 73
Views: 6794

This Zillow picture is pretty bad, but it looks like the house still exists:



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by Tony
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:01 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: PSMW: blog updates
Replies: 11
Views: 1346

The artist of the Christmas Robot Installation is Kenny Irwin, Jr. and here is his Flickr website: .

Tony
by Tony
Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA Marmol-Radziner's Desert House
Replies: 19
Views: 4811

Hi gwdiener, Being one of the listing agents on this house, I have a certain point of view. Your idea of zones on either side of the property to shield the view of the neighbors is slowly being accomplished by landscape. Trees have been planted which will eventually shield those views. The boarded u...
by Tony
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our P&K Storybook Cottage...
Replies: 77
Views: 6971

2 gallons of pool chlorine should kill most of the algae. Pour it into the return to the filter where it will shock the filter and kill anything in there. If you have black algae, that's a problem as it's more like epoxy algae. You need to scrape it with a stainless steel brush for the chlorine to a...
by Tony
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Sierra Madre, CA Robert F. Gordon classic now on-line
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

Hi Tracy,

And welcome to Lotta Living! What a great house. I don't know anything about Robert Gordon. Do you know of any of his other works?

Tony
by Tony
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: FAVORITE BUILDINGS (and signs)
Topic: Joe Romania Chevrolet - Eugene, OR (Googie Architecture)
Replies: 6
Views: 5591

Hi AJ,

Nice site! Keep up the good work. I think I now agree that the original building was Googie. It's just that the present state makes me think Nautical Moderne. But boy, was that great in its original intention!

Tony
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Abstraction Group Art Show Feb 16th - M Modern, Palm Springs
Replies: 4
Views: 772

I always enjoy the shows at the M-Modern Gallery. I just wish that we could have Lotta Living name tags to identify us all!

Tony
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Bill Kreisel featured in 2/14/08 LA Times Home section
Replies: 7
Views: 711

It's a nice house. What really works is the consistancy of design. In Palm Springs one sees many "new improved Alexanders" that are totally all over the place with design elements. Here, at least, those elements are controlled and natural. I've only seen the first of these new houses. Hope...
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Klein Bottle House
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Well Mr. Nichols, I find this one rather frightening! It also rather reminds me of that "blob" house on Chatauqua in Pacific Palisades. Where the architecture was all about the exterior look and the interior was an afterthought. The antithesis of John Lautner, for example. But it's always ...
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: SBE plans to implode Sahara's 1959 Tunis Tower in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Hello Mark A,

And welcome to Lotta Living! I didn't catch your earlier posts, but got this one. Very nice site! I probably haven't explored it enough but do you have information on occupancy rates of some of these new condo towers?

Tony
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA Marmol-Radziner's Desert House
Replies: 19
Views: 4811

We had snow flurries this morning and a huge amount of snow on Mt. San Gorgonio. So this is a pretty rare view: http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b347/TMINPS/Desert_house_snowcaps2.gif Note how green the desert can get when we get rain! Before December we got about 1/2" of rain in the last 18 m...
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb 15-24
Replies: 42
Views: 5341

Weather-wise we had snow flurries in Desert Hot Springs today! So lots of snow on the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains.

Supposed to warm up to the mid-70's. But it's cold right now!

Tony
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA Marmol-Radziner's Desert House
Replies: 19
Views: 4811

Just a reminder that the Desert House will be open for viewing this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00PM. And here's the listing information: http://desertareamls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=Desertarea&PRGNAME=MLSPropertyDetail&ARGUMENTS=-N695913211,-N229345,-N,...
by Tony
Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb 15-24
Replies: 42
Views: 5341

Here's a Google Map to the Desert House:



Tony
by Tony
Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Pasadena, CA-1957 built, need opinions
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Nice kitchen, except for the counter tops. As mentioned above, save the wood!

What's with this ceramic tile outside this window?

Image

Tony
by Tony
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Circular architects
Replies: 20
Views: 1818

The Hetheralls also had a bed on wheels so they could roll it out to sleep outdoors. Now the Struckus House by Bruce Goff is a cylinder: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ar/pro/filmseminar/imagenes/52goff.jpg And the Lautner Pearlman Mountain Cabin is round in plan: http://www.johnlautner.net/pics/Pearlman1...
by Tony
Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Circular architects
Replies: 20
Views: 1818

I do like that Hetherall House - was in it years ago. That photograph must be an early one as a subsequent owner moved the glass from that location to the perimeter. However, the house is south-facing and the idea was that the sunlight was shaded by the roof so would not penetrate through the glass....
by Tony
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Circular architects
Replies: 20
Views: 1818

Circular architects

Most modern architects tend to be very angular, especially the 90-degree angle. Some, Wrightian-inspired ones mostly, tend to use 30 or 60-degree angles in their floor plans. But it seems to me not all that many were comfortable with circles. Hal Levitt was one, at least in some of his homes I've se...
by Tony
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 2570

by Tony
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Googie style's stomping ground
Replies: 17
Views: 2570

Mr. Nichols, It's true that Lautner's restaurant works are all gone. But other than those, he executed very few commercial buildings. And of those handfuls the Lautner Motel, the Alta Capistrano Headquarters, and the small office building in Beverly Hills still exist in pretty good condition. The Sp...
by Tony
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Architect: Dante A. De Cicco
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

W. Colorado is probably in Pasadena. It would be worth going to the library and seeing if they have any clipping files on him. And also to check the local newspaper indexes.

Tony
by Tony
Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Short first introduction
Replies: 3
Views: 1115

Hello Truro! And welcome to Lotta Living! There's no real "general discussion" forum here. Probably the two first forums on the list: the Midcentury Preservation one and the Modern Homes one are the gest for general questions and answers. I'm sure many of us would be happy to see pictures ...
by Tony
Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Architect: Dante A. De Cicco
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

If he died in Oceanside maybe Keith at might have heard something about him.

Tony

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