Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cliff May Homes Brochure

Vintage "Cliff May homes" brochure from 1953. Cliff May "The Father of the California Ranch Home" designed many unique homes here in California. Cliff May homes are known for their indoor-outdoor living, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass gable ends bringing in the natural light, creating a perfect balance of bringing the outside in and the inside out. There is a Cliff May track in Pomona, Ca. I have been by there and seems there are some homeowners restoring these homes back to their original state. My choice would be "The Laguna"!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The American Look

Finally remembered what the name of this YouTube video is called, it's been haunting me for months. A friend of mine a few years ago told me about this. Thought I might share it to all who visits this blog and has never seen this before. I swear I was born in the wrong era!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Local Claremont architect, Fred McDowell - Post & Beam home

Here is just one example of a mid-century modern California ranch home designed by Claremont, California local architect, Fred McDowell. He studied architecture at USC and spent most of his career here in Claremont and surrounding cities. He designed many custom homes for well known artists that live here in Claremont as well as some of the college buildings and local churches. 

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Art of Alvin Anderson

Alvin Anderson was a 51-year resident of Claremont Ca. Born on March 17, 1925 in Santa Barbara. A combat veteran of World War II he was a tank commander in General Patton's Third Army. Graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in fine arts. Later earned a master's degree in fine arts at Claremont Graduate School. Excellent Illustrator, painter and photographer. Several pieces of his work have been exhibited in art galleries like Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Although I never met him personally I have recently met his daughter and this guy seemed to be one "Kool Kat".