Design Line lamps (Bill Curry), Earthgender (Robert Maxwell and David Cressey), and some foreign stuff.
Wayne Chapman and David Stewart
The film, Forging Love and Wearing Sculpture - "A Cold War love story thriller and a view into the the American mid-century arts and crafts revolution." has just launched a fundraising campaign to support a cross country filming expedition.
Jean Radakovich (right), daughter of Toza and Ruth, seen here with Verma Nequatewa, the niece of famed Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma is the force behind this project. Traveling with her is, Klaus Flouride, bassist of the 1980s punk band, The Dead Kennedys. Also, Joan Zeno, a ceramic artist and photographer and girlfriend of Toza's after Ruth died. And, Edmundo Marroquin, a Spanish metal smith who worked on many of Toza's sculptures from 1961 until he retired in the 1980s.
In 2011, Boomerang for Modern hosted a showing of artwork by Ruth and Toza. The event also provided a setting for material that will be used in the documentary. More about that here.
Pasadena entrepreneur Arthur Hanisch hired Stone and Church to design a factory on the nine acre site. The building was selected by The American Institute of Architects as one of the five best designs for 1958.
Stuart Pharmaceutical Company was acquired by Merck/Johnson and Johnson in 1991. The property was put up for sale soon after. It was purchased by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1994. At several points it was under threat of demolition, including a plan by the Metro to turn it into a surface parking lot for transit riders. Squatters took up residence at the deserted building and scavengers stripped anything of value from the property. Preservationists worked to get the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which happened in 1994.
Preservation architect Robert Chattel was hired to do an adaptive reuse of the dilapidated building as part of a $54 million apartment complex project: The Stuart at Sierra Madre Villa. This included 188 units of rental housing and a performing arts center, designed by Architects Orange.
This is a success story in terms of how architectural preservation and redevelopment can coexist. The Durell building in front of the apartment complex is the common area for residents. The landscaping, lighting, and the original pool have also been saved. There is also a walking path to Gold Line light rail.
Image: BRE Properties