Friday, April 30, 2010

Regenstein's Department Store - Atlanta, Georgia

209 Peachtree Street NE - Now home to Hooters, among other things, is this beautiful Art Deco building dating from 1930 and designed by Pringle & Smith. 

The first two pictures are by Taylor Gentle and the second two by me.  All are from July 2009.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Park Inn Hotel - Mason City, Iowa

There's not much for me to say about this Frank Lloyd Wright hotel that isn't covered in the photos below of the hotel windows.  When I learned about the existence of the hotel last fall I asked my sister, Michelle,  if she would go by and snap some pictures since she lives nearby and she was kind enough to send me these.  Check out the restoration here.

Photos by Michelle Hoveland

Monday, April 26, 2010

Georgia Department of History and Archives - Atlanta, Georgia

Capitol Avenue - The Georgia Department of History and Archives dates from 1965 and was designed by A. Thomas Bradbury.  This building is certainly not everyone's taste.  The monolithic cube rising from the top of the structure is brutal.  I personally find it very interesting and the clean modern lines quite beautiful.

In a picture from the 60's that I came across, none of these trees existed making the building seem even more monumental.

Windows and light fixture.

Door detail.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Atlanta, Georgia

I've been out taking pictures the last few days since the weather has been so beautiful and as a result haven't posted anything.  Here's a quick one for today.  This is a night shot of downtown Atlanta taken in May 2007 from my hotel room on the 33rd floor of the Mariott Marquis.  On the left of the picture is the Bank of America building which I believe is the tallest in Atlanta.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dinah Shore Residence - Palm Springs, California

432 West Hermosa Place - Architect Donald Wexler's 7000 square foot modern masterpiece was built for Dinah Shore in 1963-1964.  While I was only able to get a shot of the front, you can see some great photos of the interior here.  Just click on the photographs tab and scroll through the pictures.  The street side of the house is brick but the rear of the house is all glass offering beautiful views of the San Jacinto mountains.  The house is on the market for just under $6 million.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Florida Southern College Admissions Building - Lakeland, Florida

Lake Hollingsworth Drive - From what I could gather based on information on the Florida Southern College website, this building is used for Admissions.  Check out the view from inside through the front windows towards the lake.  I would assume that it was originally a residence.  I was unable to find the year it was built.

Of course, Florida Southern College is best known for its collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which I still need to post at some point.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Powell Design Group - Orlando, Florida

303 East Par Street - A great modern building from 1961 currently home of the Powell Design Group.  Originally the Klotz Medical Office designed by Manfred Lopatka.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ship of the Desert - Palm Springs, California

1995 Camino Monte - This Streamline-Moderne home dates form the 1930's.  The name obviously derives from the fact that the house from a distance looks like a great deco ocean liner cruising across the desert floor.  The home was designed by Adrian Wilson & Earl Webster.

Sorry about the glare on these.  I should have put the window down!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kaufmann House - Palm Springs, California

470 West Vista Chino - This 1946 masterpiece was designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann who owned Kaufmann's Department Store.  Edgar J. Kaufmann is also notable for commissioning another famous piece of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.  For more about Richard Neutra visit here.  With a little digging you can find some great photos and renderings.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Edris House - Palm Springs, California

1030 West Cielo Drive - This 1954 residence was built for Marjorie and William Edris.  It was designed by E. Stewart Williams.  The house almost disappears into the landscape due to its coloring and materials.  Check out some other photos of the house here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Palevsky House - Palm Springs, California

I think for the next several posts I'll focus back in on Palm Springs.  Many of the photos in these posts were taken while riding around on a tour so the quality may not be as great as would be desired.

1021 West Cielo Drive - This 1968 residence was built for Max Palevsky and designed by Craig Ellwood.  Dig that huge boulder to the left of the house.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Castle - Atlanta, Georgia

87 15th Street - This interesting building is currently on the market for $2.2 million.  Here's the description from the real estate listing - "Located in the heart of Midtown overlooking Atlanta's Arts Center Complex, the Castle is one of the city' s most architecturally unique buildings with stunning Midtown Atlanta views. Designed in 1910 by the acclaimed Ferdinand McMillan, the Castle is rich with history and has become a fixture within Atlanta's art community. This approximately 11,000 sq ft landmark building benefits from large open floor plans and enticing original architectural elements.

Nestled among the city' s most prominent skyscrapers along Midtown's Miracle Mile, this property is across 15th Street from the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony Hall, adjacent to the corner of Peachtree Street & 15th Street. Flexible SPI-4 zoning allows for a wide range of uses such as an art gallery, event facility, restaurant, nightclub"

The structure is very cool but in bad shape.  It would make a very interesting restaurant with it's great terraces, numerous rooms and many levels.  As you can see, the lower level is like a fortress leading up to the more decorative upper floors.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Engine House # 12

734 Oak Street - Engine House #12 was built in 1896.  I'm not sure when it ceased to be used as a fire station but it was most recently the Columbus Music Hall.