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La Gardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery, Navajo and magazine holder
Peter Shire, Jens Quistgaard and La Gardo Tackett
NOS Sintesi hangers by Ernesto Gismondi

W. Earl Wear / Architecture

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W. Earl Wear (1958)
Wear (1925-2011) was a Canadian who received his Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. He moved to California in 1952 and designed nine homes in Los Angeles. This was his first. 
Wear was obviously influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is essentially Usonian, although Wear definitely put his own spin on it.

Soleri bells = In the know
Stan Hawk = Really in the know
FYI, when the mailbox looks like this, the house is going to be great.

Weekend / Stuff

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Smalls: Peter Pepper, Design Line, Doug Ayers and David Stewart
Antonio Vitali

Herman Miller, 1961

George Rickey

John A Shaver / Tucson Modern

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I was in Tucson this past weekend and spotted a school with a series of buildings with thin-shell concrete roofs and breezeblock. 
Walter Douglas Elementary School was completed in 1961. John Shaver was the architect.  The structural engineer was Jim Foulds.
John Alden Shaver (1918-2010) graduated with a degree in architecture from Kansas State University in 1941. He then did post-graduate work at Stanford. In 1945 he joined his father, Charles W. Shaver, in his Salina, Kansas architecture firm.  John grew the practice into one the largest educational design firms in the United States.



There are six hyperbolic flower dome buildings on the campus.
Source: Google Maps




Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham, Tennessee was designed by John Shaver in 1970.
Source: Modern Seeker
I wonder how many kids  have been pushed into the water?  High School can be rough!
Source: Tupelo Quarterly
 In 1973 Shaver designed the world's first permanent tensioned membrane roofing system for the …

Weekend / Stuff

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Sori Yanagi butterfly stool, Marilyn Kay Austin and Hugh Acton bench
Henry P Glass book cart and a stool
David Cressey ashtrays for Architectural Pottery and La Gardo Tackett.
I stopped at the dunes on the way home from Arizona.




Downtown Modernism / Sunday, April 28th

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This is your one month warning.  Downtown Modernism is Sunday, April 28th You don't want to miss it!

Weekend / Stuff

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Painting by Conrad Woods, 1961 and a planter by Raul Coronel
Conrad Woods (1932-1993) was the son of actor Donald Woods.  He studied at UCLA and received a BFA and MFA from the University Illinois, before traveling to Europe and India on a Fulbright Scholarship to study painting and sculpture. Moving to California in 1960, he had gallery representation in Los Angeles and San Diego. While in San Diego, he was included in exhibitions alongside local favorites Richard Allen Morris, Guy Williams, Russell Baldwin, John Baldessari and Bob Matheny. 

One such exhibition was in 1964 at Southwestern College. Coincidentally, this relates to my last post on Matheny since Bob was running the show at the time. It's interesting how things show up out in the field like that. I wonder if Matheny and Morris remember Woods?
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Speaking of out in the field. The painting came from the same estate as these books, which belonged to an architect who recently passed away at the age of 96.…