The Revitalized Walker Building in Long Beach

The Revitalized Walker Building in Long Beach

History is Alive at Long Beach’s Revitalized Walker Building   By Ted Wells How do we increase density in cities without losing human scale? This is a challenge and, for urban areas throughout the country, the architecture and adaptive reuse of structures is never an easy path. As the demographic for urban growth changes, and […]

John Kewell’s Schipper Residence

John Kewell’s Schipper Residence

John Kewell’s Schipper Residence By Pierluigi Serraino Architecture comes with a history of its use. This is especially so for a dwelling, where the events, personalities, and choices of its occupants are encrypted in its walls, cumulative scrolls of life unfolding within them. The Schipper Residence is nowhere to be found in history books, but […]

The Barnes Estate

The Barnes Estate

‘Oak Ridge’ – The Barnes House   By Ann Scheid Photographs by Grand Mudford Built for Clifford Webster Barnes, a wealthy Chicago community activist, religious leader and philanthropist, Oak Ridge, as it is colloquially known, exemplifies the core tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. Although Barnes commissioned Elmer Grey, the house was built as […]

Schindler’s Translucent Tischler House

Schindler’s Translucent Tischler House

Schindler’s Translucent Tischler House By Judith Sheine Photographs by Grand Mudford The Tischler house (1949-50) is a late development of R.M. Schindler’s “space architecture” and the project in which the architect most fully explored his vision of a “translucent house.” While other architects were designing flat-roofed glass-walled houses, Schindler, having done that in his own house […]

Spokane Modern: Where Elegance and Modesty Meet

Spokane Modern: Where Elegance and Modesty Meet

Spokane Modernism: Ferris House Architect: Bruce Walker by Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe Architect Bruce Walker’s design for Joel and Mary Jean Ferris is among the most elegant modernist homes constructed in North America. The modestly scaled but deftly defined house in Spokane appears jewel-like amidst a verdant treed garden – dazzling yet precious. The house stands as […]

IconicHouses.org: Crosby Doe, Architecture for Sale

IconicHouses.org: Crosby Doe, Architecture for Sale

Crosby Doe: “Like art, architecture inspires me. The uplifting experience of great architecture compels me to want to share the gifts it imparts to our daily lives. Each significant house holds the power to enhance and even change the lives of those who live in it, or even just happen to walk by. When we […]

Laboratories for Living

Laboratories for Living

Laboratories for Living by Nicholas Olsberg Nothing seems to get the juices of architects flowing more freely, nor tempt them to break as many rules, as the idea of the house. For more than a hundred years, from the first experiments in open plan living to the latest adventures in lightweight dwellings and tiny houses, […]

On the Work of Ladd & Kelsey, Architects

On the Work of Ladd & Kelsey, Architects

On the Work of Ladd & Kelsey, Architects by Pierluigi Serraino Midcentury modern in California came to age due to the phenomenal plethora of talented architects. Of that in- spired group, the Pasadena-based partnership of Thornton Ladd (1924-2010) and John Kelsey (1925-2012) occupies a particular place.The story of that firm, operational from 1959 till 1982, […]

‘The House in the Garden’ and the Lauck House

‘The House in the Garden’ and the Lauck House

‘The House in the Garden’ and the Lauck House, 1950 The Post World War II American suburb and the Museum of Modern Art, New York The decade following World War II witnessed an explosion of new housing in the United States. The American suburb was being reimagined and extensively built for the commuter family. Mass-produced […]