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Interior of Postmodernism: Style and Subversion Exhibition at the V&A Museum. Photo: Dezeen

Gehry House, by Frank Gehry, Santa Monica. Photograph featured in V&A Postmodernism Exhibition. Photo: Quintin Lake

My photo of  Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica house is printed alongside other icons of  deconstructionist architecture by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. The curators were keen to include Gehry’s residence as it symbolizes an “early venture in bricolage and the postmodern”. The house built in 1978 represented the first and radical steps of Deconstructivist movement in architecture more info and photos on the building.

My personal sentiments on postmodernism which developed as an architecture student are encapsulated by Alastair Sooke who wrote in the Telegraph

Charles Jencks, the architectural theorist credited with inventing the term “postmodernism”, once pointed out that what is exciting and avant-garde one moment tends to feel like old hat the next. No doubt he is right: younger generations often berate the immediate past to assert their own identity. Even so, walking through the V&A’s new exhibition, which traces the rise and fall of postmodernism across different disciplines during the Seventies and Eighties, I was tempted to ask: has there ever been a more irritating movement in the history of art and design?”

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990
24 September 2011 – 15 January 2012 at V&A South Kensington info

Gehry House at Santa Monica, California, designed by Frank Gehry. built in 1978 this was his first ‘Deconstructivist’ Building. Photo: Quintin Lake

Frank Gehry’s house built in 1978 in Santa Monica represented the first and radical steps of Deconstructivist movement in architecture. Gehry took his seemingly ordinary house in Santa Monica and began changing things in incredibly strange ways. He took a step beyond the playful reworkings of Postmodern architecture, where traditional design symbols were reinterpreted, and instead starting using materials and strategies few applied to architectural projects at the time. Gehry started by tearing the drywall off of interior walls to expose structural studs buried in the old house, then subtracted and added architectural elements seemingly without a coherent plan throughout the building. He added chain link and plywood to the exterior. His transformations were responses to various impulses and were allowed to coexist without a clear rhyme or reason, flying in the face of both Modernism and Postmodernism – designs from which were typically justified in terms of some kind of central concept. This house was the start of Gehry’s freestyle architectural expression which has culminated in recent times in his most well known buildings the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.


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Adamson House and Malibu lagoon Museum wikipedia article
Spanish Revival: Architect: Styles Clement
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
PO Box 291
Malibu CA 90265
(310) 456 8432
Reg. Tours: Wed-Sat 11AM to 3PM Grp. Tours: Need reservations for> 11
Price: $5.00 General; $2.00 Students

Doheny Mansion
Historicist: Architect: T. Eisen, S.Hunt
AF Rosenheim, W Neff
Campus of Mount St Mary’s College
near USC, Los Angeles
(213) 477 2962
Tours By reservation only
Price $25.00
For concerts and elegant receptions at the mansion, visit or call 213 477 2929

Eames House wikipedia article PHOTOS
MidCentury Modern: Architect: Charles and Ray Eames
203 Chatauqua Blvd
Pacific Palisades CA 90272
(310) 459 9663
Reg.Tours (Exterior only, reservations required)
M-F 10AM-4PM
Sat. 10AM-3PM
Price: $5.00, students free

Albert Frey House
Mid Century Modern: Architect: A. Frey
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs CA 92262
(760) 322 4800
Tours: By appointment

Gamble House wikipedia article
Arts and Crafts: Architect: Greene & Greene
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena CA 91103
(626) 793-3334
Reg. Tours
Thur-Sun 12-3PM
Grp. Tours By appointment
Price $10 Gen, $7, Seniors & Students

Hollyhock House wikipedia article PHOTOS
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
(323) 644 6269
Reg. Tours: Wed-Sun
12:30,1 :30,2:30,3: 30
Grp. Tours: By appt for >10
Price: Gen. $7, Seniors $3
17 years and under, $2.00 (free if accompanied by an adult)

Lanterman House
Arts and Crafts: Architect: Arthur L Haley
4420 Encinas Or
La Canada, Flintridge CA 91011
(818) 790 1421
Reg.Tours: Tue,Thur and 1st and 3rd
Sundays 1-4PM
Grp Tours: Tue,Thur by appointment
Price: Adults$3, Students,$l

Lovell Health House wikipedia article
1920’s Modern: Architect: RJ Neutra
(seen in “LA Confidential)
Tours: By appointment via
(323) 309 4395
Price: $50/individual, group tours by arrangement.

Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio/ Residences wikipedia article
1930,1940,1960 Modern: Architect: RJ & D Neutra
2300 Silver Lake Slvd
Los Angeles CA 90039
Reg.Tours: Sat. 11AM-3PM (check website for exceptions)
Grp Tours: By appt at website
Price: $10

Schindler House and Studio wikipedia article
1920’s Modern: Architect: Rudolph Schindler
835 N Kings Rd
W Hollywood CA 90069
(323) 651 1510
Reg Tours: Wed-Sun 11AM-6PM
Grp Tours: By appOintment
Price: $7 Gen, $6 Students, Free Friday 4-6PM
Note Access to Schindler Mackey Apts and Schindler Fitzpatrick Leland Houses on first Fridays by appointment above

Koenig’s Stahl House wikipedia article
Midcentury Modern: Architect: Pierre Koenig
(Case Study House # 22)
Tours by Appointment with Mark Stahl
208331 1414
Price: $25 afternoon $40 evening

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