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Palm Springs, California boasts one of the most unique and historic architectural styles. Palm Springs, California is noted for having the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the United States. In fact, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently recognized Palm Springs, California for its dedication to preserving mid-century modern architecture.
However, there is a bit of an architectural battle going on in Palm Springs, California. There has been recent pressure in Palm Springs, California to tear down historic architecture in order for new business enterprises to build on the land they once occupied. This is a continuing debate between developers and preservationist regarding the possible destruction of the Town and Country Center, one of Palm Springs, California’s most notable landmarks. Noted architects A. Quincy Jones and Paul R. Williams designed the Town and Country Center.
Palm Springs, California drew many famous architects in the post-war period, including John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, William Cody, Albert Frey, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams. These architects, who were anchored in the Bauhaus art movement, made Palms Springs, California their architectural playground. They used modern materials, techniques, and floor plans and adapted them to the unique requirements of Palm Springs, California.
They were inspired by the starkness and the beauty of the desert, and developed a new style. Palm Springs, California gave birth to Desert Modernism. The style was noted for its use of glass, clean lines, and a combination of natural and manmade materials. It also included using indoor/outdoor spaces so those who used the building could take advantage of the unique climate in Palm Springs, California.
Some of the most famous Desert Modernism buildings in Palm Springs, California are the Tramway Gas Station, the Palm Springs airport, Coachella Savings and Loan, the Kaufmann House and the House of Tomorrow. Because of these buildings and more Palms Springs, California continues to be a point of interest for fans of mid-century architecture.
This week I got to take Mike Tompkins & Meytal Cohen out surfing! It was actually Mike’s first time in the Pacific Ocean. How do you think they did? Let me know in the comments below! Make sure to keep watching because there’s lots more to come! Love you guys!
With the prominence of the Spanish architecture in the California region in the beginning of the 20th century, a large number of homes in the Hollywood hills were modeled on the Spanish style. The Spanish Colonial and the Spanish Mission revival style are the two popular forms of Spanish architectural style.
Luxury living amidst tranquil nature, there are several styles of architectural designed homes in the Hollywood hills. Located in the Santa Monica mountains overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood hills has become synonymous with high end living and privacy which makes it a favorite with the celebrities. From the English Tudor style to the French Normandy style or the Mediterranean style, there is an array of architectural designed homes in the Hollywood hills.
A former Spanish colony, Spanish architecture has always been popular in the Southwest. While the rest of the country religiously followed the English architectural style, California and the Southwest chose the Spanish style, which became really popular in the late 19th century. The dawn of the 20th century saw the Spanish Colonial and Mission revival style gaining popularity. After the opening of the Panama Canal, in 1915 the San Diego exposition, which saw the participation of Bertram Goodhue, Irving Gill, and Carleton Winslow Sr., popularized the Spanish Colonial revival style across the whole nation. The period between 1915 and 1931 saw a craze among Hollywood stars to get their homes modeled on the Spanish Colonial revival style. The large number of Spanish architectural designed homes in the Hollywood hills being proof of the very fact.
The Spanish Mission revival style is almost similar to the Spanish Colonial revival style with just a few differences. Both these styles of architecture also include elements of the California Mission as well as the Pueblo Revival style of the southwest and west, sourced from the traditional architectural style of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. The Spanish Colonial revival-style also draws inspiration from the Art and Crafts movement and the American Craftsman style. In the architectural designed homes in the Hollywood hills you can see representation of both the Spanish style architectures.
Red tiled roof, heavy carved doors, concrete and terracotta ornaments, decorative tile trim, low-pitched clay tile, and spiral columns beside doors and windows are characteristics of the Spanish Colonial revival style of architecture. It also includes details from the Moorish Revival, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Baroque, and Mexican Churrigueresque architectural style. While the use of smooth plaster with huge unadorned surfaces, arched windows and shapely scalloped parapets are characteristics of the Spanish Mission revival style.
Stucco walls and chimney finishes are common in both the architectural styles and form a prominent feature of the Spanish architectural designed homes in the Hollywood hills. Roman arcades and fountains, canvas awnings, double hung windows, porches and balconies add a romantic charm to these yesteryears’ homes. Even today the Spanish architectural designed homes in the Hollywood Hills exude the ancient colonial charm. You need to see them to believe.
This week I took MCMrNapkins & GiveMeMotion out surfing! Zach also surfed with me last season so I’m excited to see his improvement! I had a blast with these musical gentlemen.
The techniques that are most typically used in Spanish Revival architecture are the details and designs that were mainly developed centuries ago but with time, have evolved into what we see now in the modern day world. This style, as the name suggest, obviously developed in Spain in the Iberian Peninsula so many centuries ago, and yet it is very modern, immensely functional and very attractive, qualities that have made it one of the most used styles of architecture in the world today, particularly in the United States of America.
The entire south and southwestern part of the country and even beyond is completely under the influence of this type of architecture, which is evident from the fact that entire neighborhoods, complexes, towns and even developments are being built based on the designs of the Spanish Revival architecture. However, buyers are mostly intrigued by the style of architecture in this genre that first came about in the early parts of the 20th century, popularly known as the first great period of the modern construction of Spanish Revival homes. This period began in the early parts of the 20th century and ended with the start of the Second World War.
This style was particularly in vogue in the states of Florida, Texas, and California, states that have a sizable Spanish population and was under the colonial rule of the Spanish for a very prolonged period of time. The architects would revel in the combination of the Mission style and the Pueblo style of architecture with the Spanish colonial style of architecture and hence created a style of architecture that was very distinct from the different styles of architecture that were present in the country at that time, thus giving birth to a completely new style of architecture known as the Spanish Revival. Before the advent of this type of architecture, the type of architecture that existed in the country was inspired by the design vocabulary of the northern parts of Europe.
In the early parts of the 1920s, there was a boom in this type of architecture as entire neighborhoods in California began to be designed on this format and this continued till the early 1930s. This style of architecture became so immensely popular that the style began to get imported into parts of the Midwest and Northeast of the country, parts that were very traditional in their architectural designs and style.
This style, although was best suited to California and there were several reasons for this. This style has a plenty of typical features and some of them include rounded columns with very intricate carvings that lend a type of typical beauty to the homes. The railings are also very intricately designed and have stories depicted in those designs. Apart from these two, the use of red tile on the roofs is typically Mediterranean in approach.
Spanish Revival architecture is one of the best styles of architecture for the present day world and it’s not going out of style anytime soon.
it’s the 6th annual northern california yoga championship for the bishnu gosh cup, oct 25th 2008.
Santa Barbara California takes more than just its name from Mission Santa Barbara, it has also takes an architectural cue from this 18th century Spanish church dubbed “the Queen of the Missions.”
Considered by many to be the most beautiful small city on the California Coast, and to have the “most beautiful downtown in the world” Santa Barbara can be held up as an example of successful planned development. During the city’s development, conscious choices were made to follow a certain architectural style and a policy of deliberately limiting growth in order to protect the city’s livability and saleability as a tourist destination. In 1922, an association of community activists calling themselves the “Civic Arts Association” began promoting an architectural style called “Spanish Colonial Revival”–a Mediterranean style incorporating Andalusian, Moroccan and Italian elements–through their “Plans and Planting Committee.” They declared that:
Our committee aims to preserve the city’s early nineteenth-century Hispanic buildings, remodel or replace the non-Hispanic buildings with Spanish Colonial ones, use this imagery for all new buildings, encourage landscaping compatible with this image, and use planning tools to maintain the scale and size of the community.
Of course, Santa Barbara’s attractiveness is not solely due to its architecture. Nestled as it is between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the “American Riviera” is also blessed with natural beauty and a mild climate often described as being “Mediterranean.” However, it was a natural disaster–a powerful earthquake that devastated the downtown commercial district–that played a major role in the city’s eventually becoming the beautiful locale it is today.
The earthquake hit at 6:44 in the morning of June 28, 1925. Most homes came through the quake more of less intact, but the downtown commercial district suffered extensive damage. Fortunately, owing to the fact that most people were still at home when the temblor struck, there were only thirteen fatalities.
The timing of the earthquake was fortuitous in another sense for the Civic Arts Association. The architectural style they had been promoting was not only well suited to the local climate and complimentary to the Mission and Santa Barbara’s existing Spanish adobes, more importantly to their fellow Santa Barbarans, the Spanish Colonial structures that had already been built had held up well in the earthquake. This fact bolstered support for the idea of creating a city modeled on this architectural style.
Even before the earthquake, a “Community Drafting Room,” which offered design assistance to property owners, had been set up by the Plans and Planting Committee, and an “Architectural Advisory Committee” had been instituted by the city government. Immediately after the earthquake, the first formal Architectural Board of Review in the United States was established by the Santa Barbara city government.
As part of the rebuilding effort, the Community Drafting Room provided free plans for all types of shops and buildings, mostly in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Within a year, more than 2,000 projects had been approved by the Architectural Board of Review and, with the new structures white stucco walls and red tile roofs, Santa Barbara had been transformed into a Spanish city located, not altogether incongruously, in Southern California.
The crowning achievement of the rebuilding and beautification effort was the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, completed in 1929. The courthouse, which has been called “the most beautiful public building in the United States,” is an elegant example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style and affords stunning views of Santa Barbara’s red-tiled rooftops, the Santa Ynez Mountains, the ocean, and the Channel Islands from its eighty-five-foot-high clock tower.
The main reason that the views from the clock tower are so nice is that building height limitations first set in the late 1930s have been maintained to this day. The highest building in the city is the eight-story Granada Theater, built in 1924, before the height limitations had been put into place. Today, commercial buildings cannot exceed four stories or sixty feet, and multifamily residential buildings can be no higher than three stories or forty-five feet.
Another measure that has helped to keep Santa Barbara livable is its zoning code, enacted in 1930. Rather than having single-use zoning districts, as is typical in most cities, Santa Barbara has a pyramid scheme that allows residences in the same area as other-use buildings. Corner grocery stores can still be found in residential neighborhoods, and you can see single-family homes and apartment buildings on the same block.
The City has also been successful in keeping its downtown area alive as a popular alternative for shoppers and diners who have not all been siphoned off by sprawling suburban malls, as they have in so many other towns and cities. Six blocks of Santa Barbara’s main shopping street, State Street, have wide, landscaped sidewalks, wooden benches and mid-block pedestrian crossings, while the street has been narrowed to only one lane each way. The purpose of these changes was to create a “Hispanic Drive-Through-Plaza” extending to the waterfront. It is convenient to park your car and get around to all the downtown shops, restaurants and movie theaters on foot.
In 1973, a newly elected anti-development city council instituted a population limit of 85,000 residents within the city limits, and limited growth in the surrounding area by being parsimonious in their granting of water meters to developers. In 1989, a measure limiting non-residential development to 3,000,000 square feet was adopted. The anti-growth measures of course have a downside–Santa Barbara is not a cheap place to buy property. But it also has been a successful economic strategy when you consider that one of Santa Barbara’s chief assets, and certainly its main tourist draw, is its scenic and architectural beauty.
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