Sunday, August 21, 2011

Treasures of Los Angeles Architecture

Union Station, John & Donald Parkinson, Architects 1939Los Angeles City Hall, Associated Architects, John C. Austin, Albert C. Martin, John Parkinson 1928Los Angeles City Hall East, Stanton + Stockwell, Architects 1973Downtown Los Angeles Skyline777 Figueroa Street Tower, Cesar Pelli + Associates Architects 1980Pershing Square Fountain, Ricardo Legorreta, Architect & Laurie Olin, Landscape Architect (renovation 1992)
Farmers & Merchants National Bank, Morgan & Walls Architects 1905San Fernando Buiding, John F. Blee, Architect 1906; Robert Brown Young & Son (Expansion) 1911VDL Research House, R. Neutra CourtyardVDL Research House, R. Neutra InteriorFarmers & Merchants National Bank, Morgan & Walls Architects 1905Kleihauer Memorial Chapel, Carleton Winslow & Warren Waltz, Architects, 1967
Case Study House No. 19, Richard NeutraArchitectural Designer Tim Campbell, Luis Barragan House for Dr. Douglas Campbell (Remodel) 2008Los Angeles' Chinatown Night SceneLovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929VDL Reseach House, R. Neutra View of Silver Lake ReservoirLovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929
Silvertop, John Lautner, 1957 (Master Bedroom windows & ceiling)Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929Barbara Bestor House, Barbara Bestor, Architect 2007Silvertop, John Lautner, Master Bedroom windowsLovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929Pershing Square- Ricardo Legorreta, Architect & Laurie Olin Landscape Architect (Renovation 1992)

It has been my favorite pastime the last couple of years to travel around the great city I call home, searching for the interesting aspects of our built environment. My favorite and indispensible resource has been the authoritative guidebook, "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles" written by David Gebhard and Robert Winter. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the other authors who have written excellent resource books, especially Allan Hess, who I also count among my friends and colleagues. I would also like to acknowledge the personal friendship I enjoyed with Photographer JULIUS SHULMAN during the last five years of his life, who provided much inspiration.

Lastly, to the many friends I have met along the way, who share my enthusiasm and passion for our architectural heritage, including the many architects, designers, writers, and neighbors: THANK YOU for the frinedship and encouragement you have provided along the way. To mention a few: Designer Carol Soucek-King who has introduced me to many important architects and influence-makers at her wonderful salons in Pasadena; Martin Schall ( a frequent house guest and co-conspirator; Michael Lehrer, Sean Briski, John Southern and Barbara Bestor, architects who provide inspiration through their design and encouragement, and last but not least, my wonderful wife, Donna Jean, for her patience and enthusiasm for the things I do.

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