Category Archives: architecture

donald olsen’s “kip house” for sale

Famed Bay Area modernist Donald Olsen designed a number of classic modernist homes here in the Bay Area, and one of his more significant homes is on the market. It’s the Kip House, which was designed and built in 1952 … Continue reading

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desert modern architecture – palm springs 2012

Last October I had the pleasure of attending the “Desert Modern Architecture” tour in Palm Springs hosted by the Western Museums Association, which allowed me to visit some beautiful and stylistically different examples of 20th century modern architecture. Our tour … Continue reading

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honolulu’s IBM building – vladimir ossipoff

I am happy to report that unlike the Queen Emma building, the IBM building is still looking good! This Honolulu mid-century modern landmark was designed in 1962 by Vladimir Ossipoff and is one of the most recognizable modern buildings on … Continue reading

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queen emma building

I am sad to report that one of the most distinctive and original modern buildings in Honolulu Hawai’i has finally been altered for the worst. The Queen Emma Building in downtown Honolulu was designed in the 1960’s by Jo Paul … Continue reading

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schindler house in west hollywood

After the LAMA auction preview I had some time, so I headed towards Hollywood from Van Nuys via Laurel Canyon Blvd. This took me kind of near the Schindler house on King’s Road in West Hollywood, where I had wanted … Continue reading

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hawaiian holiday

During our visits to Honolulu we have always enjoyed discovering the bounty of unusual cool mid-century architectural elements that they have there. Concrete seemed to be a popular medium of expression in the 60’s and we applaud it. So on … Continue reading

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the liljestrand house – vladimir ossipoff

A few months ago while visiting in Honolulu we had the good fortune to take a tour of the Liljestrand House, an amazing and significant mid-century house designed by Vladimir Ossipoff for Betty and Howard Liljestrand and completed in 1952. … Continue reading

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