Altadena Modernist Architect Robert & Kenneth Gordon

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Altadena Modernist Architect Robert & Kenneth Gordon

Postby Keith York » Thu May 11, 2006 7:37 am

I just posted a biographical page on Kenneth and Robert Gordon to my site www.modernsandiego.com. Outside of the son/grandson of this father-son team working from Pasadena/Altadena, resources are scarce. Does anyone have any insight into heir work?

Both were very involved in the Pasadena and Foothill AIA chapter, and were presidents of that chapter, Kenneth in 1963 and son Robert in 1970.

So far I only know of this project:

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Spanjian Residence
Midwick Drive
Altadena, CA

And the residence pictured in Modernism Rediscovered.

Thanks for any help,
Keith

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Postby allen » Fri May 12, 2006 9:22 am

Kenneth Gordon started designing flat roof moderns that were published in the late 1940's. His son Robert joined him in 1954. Their primary style was ranch modern similar to Cliff May's. More then 30 of their house designs, as a team, were published and they won several awards. Their most expressive, timeless modern, was the Pelletlier Supple family beach house, published in the L.A. Times Home Magazine July 18, 1965. The most recent publishing of their work was in Atomic Ranch Magazine, Spring 2005 pgs. 20 thru. 30 plus the cover.

I'd be most interested in seeing perspective drawings and models of their work from the 1960's.

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Postby peterm » Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:50 pm

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Postby peterm » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:36 pm

Which built in couch are you referring to, the one in photo #12, or that in #33?

http://www.locationsdepartment.net/libr ... spsize=700

And do you have photos of your couch?... What vintage photo did you reference?
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Postby rockland » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:39 pm

I'm out of town right now and did search for pics...I did take process shots. We finished just before a big
snow storm blackout that lasted a few days. Memorable time-frame so i should be able to locate them.
I did struggle a bit with the design. Wish i had your pics for some reference. I'm referring to the built-in
end table. I put one at either end and considered a center one, removable, but not really needed.
Maybe only SDR got pics via e-mail.
I'll be home tomorrow but i am on a criminal case, jury duty, that is a bit
exhausting.


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Postby peterm » Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:51 pm

Thanks. This built in sofa I designed and built myself. I, too, was influenced by a sofa design which I saw in a photo of a Gregory Ain house.

I'll see if I can find the photo...
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