Showing posts from January, 2019

Weekend / Stuff

Smalls from the weekend. Bill Curry, Stan Bitters and Martz

Harry Weese / Albuquerque

I was digging around for architecture spots to visit in New Mexico and saw a mention of a project by Harry Weese. There aren't too many of his projects west of the Mississippi, so it was nice to get to see one in person. I did get to visit a church he designed in Columbus, Indiana, here
Built in 1972, First Plaza is located in downtown Albuquerque.
Source: New Mexico Architecture, December 1975 via UNM
Here it is, Albuquerque's tribute to precast concrete.
It's a shopping center that, like most these days, has a lot of vacancies.  
Many of the shops are/were located downstairs and these skylights provide natural light.
Source: Film ABQ
The windows 

The plant didn't let me check out the bottom level.

Weekend / Stuff

A rug by Mexican Modernist, Cynthia Sargent, Kipp Stewart table and an Eastern European textile.  
Italian smalls, including a box by Gabriella Crespi and a Bitossi bulldog by Aldo Londi

Blue Cross / Albuquerque

The Blue Cross Building, Albuquerque. Designed by Ferguson, Stevens, Mallory and Pearl, Architects in 1954. The cross pattern concrete walls were a nice design element.  
Source: Architecture in New Mexico via UNM
Blue Cross is long gone, but the cross blocks are still there.
The glass facade and wall are gone too. 
It's also been adobe-ized!

Weekend /Stuff

Roland Smith lamp, Takeshi Nii stool, German lamp and fire tools.
Martz, Harwood Steiger fabric and a bowl.
This is actually from last week. There's a Design Line lamp and a Don Shoemaker table.

Kelvin / Albuquerque

The Kelvin Home (also known as the Raabe House or Kelvinator), 1938 by William Burk, Jr. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
The house was built for local hardware store owner, Walter Raabe. Influenced by Le Corbusier and architecture seen at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair, he commissioned Burk, an instructor at the University of New Mexico, to design an International Style modern machine for living. The house also incorporated Kelvin appliances, which Raabe sold in his shop. Hence, the nickname. 
Sharon Karpinski put together a wonderful case study on the house, which can be seen at Albuquerque Modernism. It's what led me to the house. 
I was able to dig up some newspaper articles on the house and The Raabe & Mauger Hardware ad explains it all. There were several articles and ads promoting all aspects of the "ultra modern home."
Source: Albuquerque Journal, 1938 

Source: Albuquerque Journal, 1938 
Advertised as the "Home of Tomorrow," it claimed to be the …