January 2, 2015 Mid-Century Modern

Happy New Year from Modern Capital


I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thanks for reading and supporting the site during the past eight years. I hope 2015 will be filled with health, happiness and lots of mid-century modern goodness for all. This year architect Michael Cook and I will be developing a Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern home we found on a private .6 acre lot. So stay tuned for updates on this new project.

Here are just a few shots from my recent trip to California to help warm you up and provide some modern inspiration as we kick off the new year. This first series is from the Stahl House, or Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig. This was the first time I did the evening tour. You should do it. It is magical.

Stahl Houseday


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Here’s the 1921 Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Unfortunately, it is currently closed for renovations so no inside tour. Oil heiress Aline Barnsdall picked a nice spot with a view for this Wright design.

Holly Hock House

Here are some of the Richard Neutra-designed homes in Silver Lake, starting with his own. The second house pictures is the 1957 Yew House. Third is the 1960 Kambara House.

Neutra House

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Kambara House

Also in Silver Lake are the Avenel Homes, a 10-unit coop designed by Gregory Ain and built in 1947. The development is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Avenel Homes

Here are a few examples of more standard mid-century housing in Los Angeles.

The Hillcrest in Los Feliz.

The Hillcrest in Los Feliz.

I love this mid-century pattern on this balcony in Los Feliz.

Balcony in Los Feliz

This cool mid-century red-brick complex in Beverly Hills looks like it would fit more in DC.

Beverly Hills complex

Here are a few from the San Diego area. I love the version of Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House in New York from Legoland.

Lever House

A folded-plate roof Vons in Coronado.


A nice mid-century house at the beach in Del Mar.

Del Mar

A Palmer and Krisel mid-century modern in University City in La Jolla.

Palmer and Krisel

Hop you enjoyed the images. Have a great 2015.