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by TwinJim
Sun Oct 26, 2003 9:04 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Altadena Modernism Tour - Oct 26
Replies: 8
Views: 2645

Being connected with older residential houses here in Pasadena's Bungalow Heaven, it was nice to dis-connect from the more distant architectural past and tour Altadena's more recent past. Thanks to all involved with, Modernism in Altadena Fall Home Tour. Somewhat surreal to exam these idealistic hou...
by TwinJim
Mon Oct 20, 2003 4:51 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: The destruction of the past and it's effect
Replies: 7
Views: 2134

And then you get something like the Disney Concert Hall where Victorians once stood. So on one hand Los Angeles lost an especially significant crop of late 19th Century architecture on Bunker Hill, replaced with towers-o-glass-n-steel to be venerated by future architectural enthusiasts. Look at the ...
by TwinJim
Mon Oct 06, 2003 4:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Vineland Drive-in partial demolition
Replies: 3
Views: 1286

I had to go out and take a look at the Vineland Drive-in for myself. The daily swapmeet was going on as workers carried out the job of skeletonizing the BIG screen. From a distance it appears to be a leftover set from "Water World" minus the cost overruns. The screen still had some sheet metal near ...
by TwinJim
Wed Sep 24, 2003 7:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Knott's Berry Farm, Church & Chapel Demo
Replies: 6
Views: 3611

What's a ghost town without a church or two to sober the intemperate saloon habitue? I remember the kindly women who dressed in period costume working the vestibule of the sweet old chapel at Knotts Berry Farm. Docents before I knew what a docent was, they offered to explain the joint but I was more...
by TwinJim
Tue Sep 23, 2003 4:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Retro Taco Bell
Replies: 12
Views: 3285

Taco Bell firepits

Didn't those Taco Bell firepits get extinguished for good due to the energy crisis of the mid to late 1970's? It was fun to sit around the volcanic rock pit in the evening as the taco shells shattered upon delivering the first bite. We had one on Garfield Av. in Monterey Park. It was finally leveled...
by TwinJim
Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:44 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 487142

We had the HO scale. None of the trains or layouts are left. The matchstick building models I built are all that remain. Bought the trains, grass, trees, minature citizens at , "TOY TOWN" in Rosemead, CA. Razed just a few years ago. Does anyone remember that mecca for train fans? A friend has the N ...
by TwinJim
Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:15 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: New members say HELLO here...
Replies: 890
Views: 487142

Hey, I joined the LA Conservancy this summer. Does that mean I'm still regarded as a "groupie"? I met several ModCom's at the Charles Phoenix show at Dawson's Books last year and found them to be generally harmless and fun-loving . The prospect of a beloved old burger stand about to meet it's end ap...
by TwinJim
Tue Sep 16, 2003 10:05 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Cal. Institute of Technology's Millikan Library
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

RE:Millikan Pond Fountain

Just to give additional information on the Millikan pond fountain: The artist who concieved and installed the sculpture was the late George Baker. Titled, "Water Forms" the work was completed in 1991. It resembles a disassembled jet plane with ruptured water lines, coming back to life with the force...
by TwinJim
Mon Sep 15, 2003 2:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Cal. Institute of Technology's Millikan Library
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

That Millikan Library at Caltech

Having worked at Caltech for nearly half of my life I can offer a few other facts on the Library. Those Eames chairs were recently offered to anyone on campus for $100 ea. I seem to recall. Many had become rather distress since thier debut in 66'. The library was, in utopian planning, ment to bring ...
by TwinJim
Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:57 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Motels in Pasadena?
Replies: 4
Views: 3408

Rose Bowl Motel

North of the Rose Bowl, on the lip of the Arroyo Seco sits the Rose Bowl Motel. You can't, nor would you have cared to rent a room there. It was closed awhile back with a history of illegal activities associated with transient visitors. I pedaled by recently and found the distressed neon sign still ...

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