Three iconic domed movie theaters representative of the futuristic roadside, or Googie, architecture of the late 1950s and 1960s, are set to show their last films on March 31. Last week, the current tenants of the Century 21 Theatre, Guggenheim Entertainment and the Retro Dome theater group, sent out an email alert that programming will… Continue reading Domed theaters in San Jose set for last picture show
If you grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, or are a fan of the design style and architecture of the mid-century, Heather David's excellent book, Mid-Century by the Bay is a thoroughly enjoyable stroll down memory lane. David, a San Jose-based freelance writer and cultural historian, is also a Bay Area native, and her 152-page… Continue reading “Mid-Century By the Bay” book is a must-have
Today, September 26, is the birthday of architect Timothy Pflueger. Since he was born in 1892, he clearly would not be alive today (it would be his 118th birthday), but I always wonder what else he would have accomplished if he had lived beyond his 54 years. It is amazing to consider how much work he… Continue reading Happy Birthday Timothy Pflueger!
Got a spare $2,500 lying around? You can buy a very cool black and white photograph of architect Richard Neutra taken by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman, at Neutra's then-radical home in Los Angeles in 1966. The photo depicts Neutra, sitting on the terrace of his VDL Research Site, the home where Neutra and his family lived and where he worked… Continue reading Neutra’s son helps raise money for VDL compound
I recently stumbled upon a great lecture series on modernism in architecture, called "The Legacy of Modern" at the Los Altos Community Foundation. Not only are the lectures educational for anyone interested in archtecture and design, but the cost goes toward restoring a rare Richard Neutra house in the South Bay. I missed last month's lecture by Alan Hess, architect,… Continue reading It’s a two-fer: Modernism lectures and a Neutra