California architect Gin Wong said a few years ago, “I happen to believe in simplicity. Certain things call for certain materials; we stick to that and do not add any more to it. I don’t believe in embellishment.” Though not well...
Hawaii may not spring to mind when considering mid-century architecture, but the islands were part of the post WWII building boom and, Honolulu particularly, is a good place to explore tropical modernism. An excellent example is the...
The most widely seen photograph epitomizing the mid-century modern southern California lifestyle is of the Stahl House, Case Study House #22, taken by Julius Shulman. As described in our previous blog, the Case Study Houses were...
In 1960, architecture historian Esther McCoy published a lively and accessible look at the architecture of mid-century southern California. Her book, Five California Architects, a study of Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, R.M. Schindler...