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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Martin Schall is Coming to Town!

Martin Schall, creator of "You-Are-Here", the now famous website that explores the architecture of our fair city (Los Angeles), arrives a little later this year (his usual fall tour takes place in October).  After a few days staying at Dominic's in Chinatown, he'll be out house guest in Los Feliz!

(Martin with Architect Barbara Bestor at her home in Los Feliz during Martin's 2008 tour).
I am looking forward to seeing Martin; he knows more about Los Angeles than most Angelinos!  We'll spend many quality days exploring the city together, cameras in hand.  Sometimes it takes an "outsider" to help us appreciate what a marvelous place we call "home".  Welcome back, Martin!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Memories of Glendale: Where I Grew Up

My dad, John Locke, moved our family from Portland, OR in 1957, to accept a position as Chief Engineer at Van de Kamp's Holland-Dutch Bakery.  We lived for a few months at a motel along Riverside Drive (near the Mulholland Fountain) while we waited for our house to close (in the Rossmoyne neighborhood).  Here are some (architectural) memories of Glendale!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Filmmaker ERIC BRICKER Presented "Julius Shulman Communication Award" at Woodbury University, October 11, 2009

Filmmaker ERIC BRICKER was presented with the Julius Shulman Communication Award at Woodbury University, Sunday, October 11, 2009.  The award was presented by LILY TOMLIN, who received the award in 2007.  Bricker devoted seven years of his life to making the film, "VISUAL ACOUSTICS:  The Modernism of Julius Shulman".  The film documents the great photographer and how his images portrayed and promoted the idealistic "California Lifestyle".  I was deeply honored to be one of the presenters at the ceremony, along with Michael Stern and Jonathan Weedman

The beloved photographer died in July 2009, just a few months short of his 99th birthday (10-10-1910).  Pictured are members of the cast and crew, including Shulman's daughter Judy McKee (on the left) and Julius Shulman standing with Eric Bricker on the far right.  The photo was taken earlier at the Landmark Theater at an early showing of the film.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What's a Million $$$ View Worth?

I just listed a fabulous townhouse in Echo Park; it's at the "Lago Vista", a Bauhaus-inspired condominium complex located high on a bluff overlooking the lagoon of Echo Park Lake.  Designed by famed architect Allyn E. Morris in 1973.  Mr. Morris' work has received wider attention as a result of the publication of "Forgotten Modern", highlighting the achievement of his first residential design, the "Bubeck House" in Eagle Rock (1956).  The complex demonstrates the architects vision for dynamic design instead of the minimalism seen in most architecture of the period.  The multi-level, interlocking shapes and contours give a great sense of freedom.  Now you can own a piece of great architecture, and did I mention the view?

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