Endangered Local Landmarks

!PRIMARY ALERT!
Connell House : Pebble Beach (Richard Neutra)

Monday, September 24, 2012

in memory : George Brook-Kothlow (1934-2012)

Heartbroken...

to hear of dear Monterey Bay Modernist mentor + friend
George Brook-Kothlow passed away on September 5, 2012.

Here is a sweet memorial by Richard Olsen, author of "Handmade Houses".

mbm will be highlighting his work...soon
karen

A memorial gathering for George will be held on Sunday, October 21,
at Hidden Valley, in Carmel Valley, at 2pm. 
All are welcome.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

NEUTRA, Richard (1892-1970)

richard-neutra-portrait
Bio

The quintessential California Modernist
Richard Neutra and his search for modern architecture

"[...] the definitive volume on the Viennese-born architect." - Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
Originally from Vienna, Richard Neutra came to America early in his career, settling in California. His influence on post-war architecture is undisputed, the sunny climate and rich landscape being particularly suited to his cool, sleek modern style.

Neutra had a keen appreciation for the relationship between people and nature; his trademark plate glass walls and ceilings which turn into deep overhangs have the effect of connecting the indoors with the outdoors. His ability to incorporate technology, aesthetic, science, and nature into his designs brought him to the forefront of Modernist architecture. [source:http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/architecture/all/44807/facts.neutra_complete_works.htm]

updated March 15, 2013
CONNNELL RESIDENCE : THREATENED!
We have changed the existence rating of the Connell Residence from 'endangered' to 'threatened' in order to match the rating used by DOCOMOMO-US 
per their 2012 Annual Report (page 13).

Our Petition remains alive...SIGN IT now to inform the County of Monterey Planning that you believe demolition should be denied of this local mid-century modern architectural treasure.
Click here for background information.
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CURRENT STATUS: This 4,124 SF residence is slated for demolition pending approval by County of Monterey Planning to make room for 12,000 SF new home.

DATE ORIGINAL OWNER ADDRESS CITY STATUS
1957-58 Arthur + Kathleen Connell 1170 Signal Hill Road Pebble Beach ENDANGERED!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DATABASE: Coming soon!

There are many examples of modern architecture in our area.
Here is a partial list of modern architects to be transcribed to our database:

ANSHEN & ALLEN
BARNES, Edawrd Larrabee
BARRETT, Richard
BROOK-KOTHLOW, George
BURDE, Walter
DAHLSTRAND, Olaf
DAILEY, Gardner
DRAKE, Gordon
ESHERICK, HOMSEY, DODGE & DAVIS
GREENE, Charles
HILL, Albert Henry
HALL, Goodhue, HB
KOENIG, Pierre
KONIGSHOFER, Jon
LOMAX, Jerrold E
MAIDEN, Rowan
MAYBECK, Bernard
MEUNNIG, Mickey
MILLS, Mark 
MOORE, Charles
NEUTRA, Richard
SEDLETSKY, Marcel
SHAW, Will
SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL
STANTON, Robert
STEWART, Kipp
STONE, Edward Durrell
WARNECKE, John Cart
WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd
WURSTER, William
...and many more - including recent modern projects on the peninsula!

Friday, March 23, 2012

NEWS: GETTING THE WORD OUT... SAVE the Connell House (1958)

Download 
our petition and distribute. 

note: prints two handouts per page / cut in half / distribute! 

thank you for your support.


Friday, March 9, 2012

NEWS: Connell House (1958) : Richard Neutra

LATEST : 03.09.2012

Preservationists want P.B. ‘mid-century treasure’ saved
By KELLY NIX : Carmel Pine Cone
full newspaper link:  http://www.pineconearchive2.com/120309PCA.pdf

A HOUSE in Pebble Beach designed by one of the world’s most influential modern architects is at the center of an effort to prevent it from being demolished.

Known as the Connell House, the 4,124-square-foot home at 1170 Signal Hill Road in Pebble Beach is the creation of celebrated architect Richard Neutra.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

welcome to our new public presence.

we were once merely a group of architects, designers and local historians with a personal interest in modern preservation through documentation.

today, we have chosen to take our private charge public in an effort to enlighten and educate the public about the local monterey bay examples of 20th century modern architecture we possess.

our goal is to provide community awareness of existing and possible threatened examples of our modern architectural heritage no matter how private the property or public. it is our hope as we educate and enlighten you about all the 20th century examples of modern architecture in the monterey bay that you will also support our cause for preserving our architectural legacy for future generations.

we are the custodians of our local architectural modern past...and at times advocates for true preservation.

it is our hope that you will find within our databases the many wonderful contributions that dot our local landscape. thus, should a cause come to our attention that deems we take action then we hope that your voice will be with us.

sincerely,
mbm