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by mtwall
Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: One Wish, One Building
Replies: 10
Views: 2558

[quote="Nathan"]...Neutra's Von Sternberg house, where Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged. quote] Residential: I, too, vote for the Von Sternberg/Ayn Rand residence, razed in the 1970's to feed the suburban cancer now known as Porter Ranch. For commercial, the Ambassador Hotel. Two more timeles...
by mtwall
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

i had a very unpleasant run in with some guy named victor/vincent? who claimed to be the manager... Per Victor (manager), some guests had called the front desk thinking someone was taking photos in order to burglarize the place. He sent his apologies. (Apparently, they've had some issues in the pas...
by mtwall
Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Richard Wheeler AIA, affiliated w/Charles Luckman & Asso
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Richard Wheeler AIA, affiliated w/Charles Luckman & Asso

Does anyone have access to biographical info and/or references to the architectural works of Richard Wheeler & Assocs? He/they were associated with Charles Luckman in the 1960's. Thanks for any help!
by mtwall
Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

Can someone make a quick gift/loan of Sven Kirsten's Book of Tiki to these guys? Yes, good idea. i'll do that. The last time we talked the owner/manager seemed befuddled by the interest in his little tiki motel and thought he was doing what everyone wanted by "going mediterranean" with a new facade...
by mtwall
Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:00 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: URGENT!!! Valley Music Center Facing the Wrecking Ball
Replies: 14
Views: 5098

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by mtwall
Sun Nov 20, 2005 6:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

Link to Photos of Valley Music Theater

See the thread on the Valley Music Theater for more info and pictures.
by mtwall
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

No cool signage, sadly. Just great tiki teepees, front and rear with beams carved in pig face silhouettes and other such things. U kinda hafta see it...b4 it's gone, that is...
by mtwall
Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

Joe -- No, they do not care. They see the Aku Aku as an anachronism that must be surgically altered to "fit in". Another day, another tragedy... MM -- Yes, you are right and i will be there Monday 11/21 for the ModCom meeting. Thx for the encouragement. I heard very late in the game about the Valley...
by mtwall
Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean
Replies: 30
Views: 11342

Aku Aku Motor Inn to Change from Tiki to Mediterranean

The Aku Aku Motor Inn (located on Ventura Blvd. just east of Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills -- phone: 818-340-1000) in all its original tiki glory will soon be remodeled to look....MEDITERRANEAN!!!!! aaaaarrrgghhh... :cry: :cry: :cry: Add it to the growing list of great Valley landmarks to be dest...
by mtwall
Fri Nov 11, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: URGENT!!! Valley Music Center Facing the Wrecking Ball
Replies: 14
Views: 5098

Here is a link to some photos I took today of the Valley Music Theater. (Fortunately, no one saw me clawing my way through bushes and shrubs to get a good perspective). You used to be able to see it in full from the 101 between De Soto and Winnetka but now it's mostly obscured by a Miller Nissan dea...
by mtwall
Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Pebble Floor in DWR Stores
Replies: 11
Views: 4496

For anyone in the greater L.A. area, try Athena Tile on Parthenia in Northridge, CA. They have a vast selection of specialty tiles including aggregate & pebble-on-mesh sheets, Bisazza, terrazzo-like, glass tiles, mosaics, hand-made, hand-painted, ceramics, metallics & some really wild and un...
by mtwall
Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:10 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Academy/UCLA Doc series spotlights Los Angeles Nov. 2
Replies: 1
Views: 488

do you know the year they were produced? curious if they're recent or archival. thx.
by mtwall
Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Montebello, CA- Totally original and immaculate
Replies: 8
Views: 3742

Check out this (partial) reprint from the Oct. 20, 2005 edition of the L.A. Times: L.A.'S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE | FOURTH IN A SERIES The once and future ranch By Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer "The postwar icon is wooing a new generation. Yes, your folks' house is cool again. "ITS low-slung fram...
by mtwall
Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Westwood, CA - Neutra Condominium For Sale
Replies: 39
Views: 13989

I've driven by and admired it all my life. This is the first time it's been offered for sale as a condo which is pretty exciting. I haven't seen a comparable, nearly original Neutra in the heart of the the Westside (or anywhere, for that matter) for under $600,000 in years. As for size, the 'small' ...
by mtwall
Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: CaBoom Festival of Independent Contemporary Design 7/28-30
Replies: 1
Views: 442

Anyone else attend last night's opening party or any of the home tours today? (Meeting Dion Neutra at one of the afternoon house tours was a major thrill for me). Different homes are on the tour schedule for Saturday and Sunday and the Speakers Conference features some great panelists. Exhibits are ...
by mtwall
Sat Jul 23, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Palm Springs based Modernist Modular Homes (Continental US)
Replies: 16
Views: 4061

What's this? Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth house being offered as an example of a modern modular home that you can build and own? I don't know...this just seems awfully misleading. Or is it just me?

http://www.modernistmodularhomes.com/steel.php
by mtwall
Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S SATURDAY @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER!
Replies: 10
Views: 2155

Screening in the cemetery? Hmmm... I like to stay away from cemeteries while alive. More than enough time to spend there when I'm not.
by mtwall
Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibit at MOCA, Los Angeles
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibit at MOCA, Los Angeles

A GREAT way to spend a summer afternoon...or two! There is so much to dig into and get worked up about in this exhibit of Basquiat's prolific career, more impressive and moving given his too-short life (he died at 27 in 1988). As you go through it, you can sense the frenetic progression of his art a...
by mtwall
Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Decorative Brick (or concrete) privacy screens- need help!
Replies: 47
Views: 32879

Basalite Concrete Products (in California) carries at least one patterned concrete block. Go to http://www.basalite.com and click on the photo under "Structural Block". You will be asked to select a region. Choose "California". Next, select "Specialty Shapes". Scroll to the 10th pattern --- four lea...
by mtwall
Thu May 26, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Los Angeles, CA Beverly and Highland for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1787

Having lived in L.A. essentially all of my life, I actually like the sounds of city life. This is a great house in a central location and has been very tastefully and appropriately renovated. I wish more sellers were as sensitive when "updating" their homes for sale. (So much of what is out there ma...
by mtwall
Thu May 26, 2005 12:36 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Los Angeles, CA - MCM, dwell, modern - real estate listings?
Replies: 1
Views: 1073

There is an excellent blog regarding a Gregory LaVardera designed home in progress in the Santa Clarita Valley: CA:http://www.livemodern.com look for the blog by SaraSage. She began with a piece of raw land, but others have begun with non-salvageable (and non-modern) tear-downs, which can still be f...
by mtwall
Wed May 18, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Questions Meet With Blank Stairs
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

by mtwall
Mon May 16, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crying Wood Beam
Replies: 7
Views: 1378

I have never heard of dry rot causing wood to weep. (If it did, wouldn't it be called wet rot?) Is condensation a possible cause? Do you have an air conditioning unit or swamp cooler that may be causing condensation to build up? Do any plumbing lines run in the walls near the beam that may be leakin...
by mtwall
Mon May 16, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Questions Meet With Blank Stairs
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

The stairs are wood and aren't open risers. A previous owner (or owners?) had used three different wood products to cover the stairs and some other living spaces that don't match in size or color or wear. It looks haphazard and wrong. I don't want to repeat the problem by doing one small surface at ...
by mtwall
Sun May 15, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Flooring Questions Meet With Blank Stairs
Replies: 8
Views: 2043

Flooring Questions Meet With Blank Stairs

I love polished concrete. I also love some of the lock-down cork flooring samples I've seen recently (esp. a few in the Wicanders line). I want/need consistency in surface materials, but my problem is, what solution(s) are out there for those damned stairs! With cork, the edging is the problem, acco...
by mtwall
Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Los Angeles, CA - Just stumbled upon this house for sale
Replies: 44
Views: 12197

Interesting excerpts re: Schindler and his rift with FLW. It sounds so Hollywood with all those egos getting bent out of shape over credits. Haha. BTW, speaking of credits --- we did not represent the buyers of Alexandria (but thx for the thousand roses, Bender! :oops: :D ). Sadly, we never had an o...
by mtwall
Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:14 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Los Angeles, CA - Just stumbled upon this house for sale
Replies: 44
Views: 12197

Here's a link to eight "before" pictures of the Alexandria house from our archives. I hope the new owners will post some "after" photos showing their restoration! http://www.msnusers.com/alexandriaphotos (They're under "Photos" and then you may need to click on the icons to see the pics). :cheers: m...
by mtwall
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: L.A., CA - Is there such a thing as a Modern Condo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

There are definitely modern condos in L.A. and while there are not many of them to choose from at any given time, they do show up in the MLS and we have posted them on ValleyModern from time to time. Recently there were several units for sale in a Ray Kappe designed building in Beverly Hills as well...
by mtwall
Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Woodland Hills, California (SFV) "Carlton Terrace"
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Carlton Terrace is close to the 101 but is surprisingly quiet due to soundwalls, trees and the rolling hills that characterize the neighborhood. The homes are more correctly described as mid-century ranch style and were NOT designed by Palmer & Krisel. They have open floor plans, vaulted ceiling...
by mtwall
Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:06 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: terrazzo shower
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

Moderns-r-us (and/or anyone else who has worked with Corian in a shower wall installation): What would you recommend as backing to avoid problems with the thinner Corian's transluscence? Are there certain materials we should avoid using as backing? Is the installation tricky or problematic in any ot...

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