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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Book: 'California Captured' MCM pics of Marvin Rand Reply with quote

California Captured: Mid-Century architecture through the lens of Marvin Rand


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice the last photo, what Frank Gehry was doing in 1963.
Marvin Rand is overlooked. An excellent photographer and a fine gentleman.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More of the Steeves house here:

http://ofhouses.tumblr.com/post/145086680597/312-frank-gehry-steeves-residence/amp

“We used to go out every Sunday to look at Wright, [Rudolph] Schindler, [Richard] Neutra," Gehry says. "Harwell [Hamilton] Harris was God." -Frank Gehry

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/oct/25/magazine/tm-35829/3
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steeves (1963) is very good house. One year later came the Danziger Studio, which is a great house.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. Gehry acknowledged a debt to Wright; Steeves is the obvious example. It also speaks to its own era, with its linear format (one thinks of Nelson and Chadwick's Kirkpatrick house) and its living-room "pit" . . .

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good book with great pictures. My only disappointment is personal; given Rand did the pictures included with the HABS report on Hollyhock House, I was hoping there'd be a new treasure or two. Sadly, only one small picture - and a common one at that - appears.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book on Hollyhock I would like to see published is the collection of photos by Veroque Baker, taken early on before the indignities imposed by the city.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The value of architectural photographs, for me, is entirely related to their chronology vis-a-vis the date of construction. The earliest photos taken of a
completed building -- assuming that virtually everything is in place as the designer(s) intended -- will present the freshest images and, more importantly,
a condition least tainted by subsequent choices and by weather and wear.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The book on Hollyhock I would like to see published is the collection of photos by Veroque Baker


Indeed, that's an archive someone should plunder. This is a female photographer who hired R.M. Schindler design her studio in Hollywood. She documented a great deal of early Southern California modernism. Enough said.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh. Searching for Veroque Baker on Google is not productive; a Veronique Baker gets all the attention. Where would one start ?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spelling counts!

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8dn45w1/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha. There's a photo of Baker, c. 20% down this page . . .

https://socalarchhistory.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-schindlers-and-hollywood-art.html

. . . leading one to wonder, what do Galka Scheyer, Salka Viertal, and Hilla Rebay have in common -- if anything ?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At about 40% down (SDR's site, Southern California Architecture) is a photo of the Schindler-designed studio for Viroque, a building I had never known about that once stood on Hollywood Blvd. near Western.

The photos show just how beautiful Hollywood was back in the 20s. It is less so today.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
The book on Hollyhock I would like to see published is the collection of photos by Veroque Baker, taken early on before the indignities imposed by the city.


I'm curious what you know about the circumstances surrounding these photos, given no one I speak to at the House seems to know the two key facts - when exactly they were taken, and for what purpose ...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stan, the photos were acquired at a so-called Swap Meet in the 80s, and given to Ginny Kazor. Where they came from, other than some stranger's attic, is unknown.
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