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“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines”*…

 

Good news: the University of Southern California just digitized 1,300 architectural photographs dating from the midcentury. It’s an eye-candy jackpot for design history buffs—and what I’d imagine an architecturally inclined Instagram feed from the 1950s and 1960s would look like.

Captured by famed Case Study architect Pierre Koenig and Fritz Block, the owner of a color slide company, the photographs show buildings by the likes of Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Frey, and John Lautner, among others…

More at “The Birth Of Midcentury Modernism, As Photographed By Its Architects.”  See the full public database here.

* Frank Lloyd Wright

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As we wax nostalgic, we might spare a thought for William Burges; he died on this date in 1881.  Among the greatest of the Victorian art-architects, his work in the tradition of the Gothic Revival was a reaction to the industrialization of England, echoing those of the Pre-Raphaelites and heralding those of the Arts and Crafts movement.  Working with a long-standing team of craftsmen, he built churches, a cathedral, a warehouse, a university, a school, houses and castles, perhaps most notably, Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff Castle

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Written by LW

April 20, 2016 at 1:01 am

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