Ellwood / Scientific Data Systems

Scientific Data Systems (SDS) Administration and Engineering Building (1968) by Craig Ellwood Associates (Jim Tyler designed it) .
This is one of four buildings Ellwood's firm designed and built at this El Segundo compound.

Max Palevsky, the owner of SDS, also had his friend Craig Ellwood design a desert house for him in 1969. More on that here

Source: California Modern: The Architecture of Craig Ellwood

The sculpture out front makes this building a lot more interesting.  Otherwise, it would just be a Miesian office complex. Though, as far as office complexes go, it's a good one and I'm sure it did the job. 
Yellow to White to Blue and Black, by George Sugarman






Xerox took over the space after buying SDS in 1970. Now it could be yours!

First floor

Source: California Modern: The Architecture of Craig Ellwood   

Ellwood was playing around with hyper-graphics at the SDS complex.

Tackett / Thursday


IBM Aerospace / Noyes

IBM Aerospace building (1963) in Los Angeles, designed by Eliot Noyes.
A Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons were associate architects on the project. 
It's now home to Otis College of Art & Design

Punch card pattern

Source: Eliot Noyes: A Pioneer of Design and Architecture in the Age of American Modernsim

Prefabricated panels
Source: Eliot Noyes: A Pioneer of Design and Architecture in the Age of American Modernsim

 IBM punch card

IBM 360
Source: Cray Cyber

1967 - The base was once raw concrete.
Source: Getty





The view from across Lincoln Blvd.

More on Elliot Noyes and IBM can be found here.

Weekend / Stuff

Allan Gould Book Trough-Tables, 1952

You know what it is. I needed a brown one. 

Postmodern clock, 1984. Word on the street for the last 20 years is that Memphis is the next big thing. Maybe it's time?

George Nelson Lantern Series
It's amazing that any of these survived.  I found a table one a couple years back. See it here.

1964 Howard Miller Catalog

1962 Howard Miller Ad

Schindler / Elliot House

Elliot House by R.M. Schindler (1930)
Part of a tour conducted by the MAK Center

At this point the house exterior is totally obscured by trees, so here is a 1980 Shulman photo.
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

During construction
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard

Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard



 This 1980 Julius Shulman photo was commissioned by realtor and architecture preservationist Bob Crane
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

This is what it looked like in 1980
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

You'll notice this detail was gone (or covered up) in 1980. 
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard

Now it's back, including the desk. Why anyone would have removed it is beyond me. 
The house was restored by Marmol Radziner. More on that, here.

1930 - The railing through the desk is so great.
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard


I guess people were shorter in the 30s because the desk is a lot higher now. I think Marmol Radziner did a great job bringing this house back to looking like a Schindler, but I'm going to get a little nit-picky here.  In the original configuration (a few photos above) the top of the desk lined up with the bottom of the piece around the corner, almost like a puzzle. Now it doesn't. I guess it's not that bad if you didn't know. I'm a jerk. In other news, look at that girl at the bottom of the stairs giving me the eye. Actually, she's probably trying to stay out of the photo. 

This is one of the photos that was out on the table above.

I'm pretty sure this Schindler chair is a reissue. There are some stools too. They look great.

This is an original Frank Lloyd Wright chair. It's nice to have the boss's chair in the house. 


I wanted to hang out in this backyard for the rest of the day.


Stan Bitters bird shelter.  The owners know how to accessorize.. 


Garage at street level. The poop shed was for tour attendees. Not great for picture taking, but people have needs.