A generic thing (something that doesn’t fit in the previous definitions.

Modern architecture


Modern architecture or modernist architecture is a term applied to an overarching movement, with its exact definition and scope varying widely. The term is often applied to modernist movements at the turn of the 20th century, with efforts to reconcile the principles underlying architectural design with rapid technological advancement and the modernization of society. It would take the form of numerous movements, schools of design, and architectural styles, some in tension with one another, and often equally defying such classification. The term Modern architecture may be used to differentiate from Classical architecture following Vitruvian ideals, while it is also applied to various contemporary architecture styles such as Postmodern, High-tech or even New Classical, depending on the context. In art history, the revolutionary and neoclassical styles that evolved around 1800 are also called modern.

The concept of modernism is a central theme in the efforts of 20th century modern architecture. Gaining global popularity especially after the Second World War, architectural modernism was adopted by many architects and architectural educators, and continued as a dominant architectural style for institutional and corporate buildings into the 21st century. Modernism eventually generated reactions, most notably Postmodernism which sought to preserve pre-modern elements, while “Neo-modernism” has emerged as a reaction to Post-modernism.

Notable modernist architects important to the history and development of the modernist movement include Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Erich Mendelsohn, Joseph Eichler, Richard Neutra, Louis Sullivan, Gerrit Rietveld, Bruno Taut, Gunnar Asplund, Arne Jacobsen, Oscar Niemeyer and Alvar Aalto.

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Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments are sites in Los Angeles, California, which have been designated by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission as worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria.

The City currently has over 1,000 Historic-Cultural Monuments. While the monuments range from the personal residence of African-American architect Paul Williams, to the El Rey Theatre, public libraries, places of worship, and apartment buildings, many of the residential monuments were born out of the Case Study Houses Program and showcase the work of modernist architects like Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Thornton Abell, Pierre Koenig, and Raphael Soriano.

To read more about historic monuments and architecture in Los Angeles pick a topic below.


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Arts & Architecture

Arts & Architecture (1929–1967) was an American design, architecture, landscape, and arts magazine. It was published and edited by John Entenza from 1940–1962 and David Travers 1962–1967. Arts & Architecture played a significant role both in Los Angeles’s cultural history and in the development of American modernism in general. The magazine’s significant cultural contributions include its sponsorship of the Case Study Houses design-build-publication program.

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Franklin Hills, Los Angeles

Franklin Hills Los Angeles Shakespeare Bridge

Franklin Hills is a small, affluent, neighborhood located within Los Feliz near Silver Lake and East Hollywood.

Local landmarks include the Shakespeare Bridge. It’s a small bridge located on Franklin Avenue that was  was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1974.

From the bridge you can see the Lycée International de Los Angeles. It’s a French language immersion school housed in another Los Angeles Historic-Cultural monument designed by John Lautner.

Also on Franklin Ave (at the corner of Myra Ave) is the last home designed by architect Rudolph Schindler.

To read more about the Franklin Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods click a link below.



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Ivanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott published in 1820, and set in 12th-century England. Ivanhoe is sometimes credited for increasing interest in Romanticism and Medievalism; John Henry Newman claimed Scott “had first turned men’s minds in the direction of the middle ages,” while Carlyle and Ruskin made similar claims to Scott’s overwhelming influence over the revival based primarily on the publication of this novel.

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Arc welding

Arc Welding

Arc welding is a technique that allowed architects like Pierre Koenig to create Case Study House #21 known as the Bailey House.

This type of welding uses a welding power supply to create an electric arc between an electrode and the base material to melt the metals at the welding point. They can use either direct (DC) or alternating (AC) current, and consumable or non-consumable electrodes. The welding region is usually protected by some type of shielding gas, vapor, or slag. Arc welding processes may be manual, semi-automatic, or fully automated.

Read more about the Bailey House recently listed for sale in the Hollywood Hills.



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Lofts in Los Angeles were originally built to meet the needs of railroad companies. They later became affordable housing for artists and now exist as swanky live/work spaces for young professionals and businesses in the neighborhood.

The once abandoned warehouses and offices of the 1920s are put to good use. Converted to residential live/work spaces, many of the Downtown LA lofts retain original details that include soaring ceilings, in-laid tile, exposed brick, and concrete floors.

To find a loft for sale visit real estate in Downtown LA.


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Loft living

Loft Living in Downtown LA

Loft living is best experienced in Los Angeles via the converted buildings of Downtown LA.

Thanks to the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program and the landmark Adaptive Reuse Ordinance (ARO), which allows the conversion of pre-1974 commercial and industrial buildings into residential uses for non-artists, the once abandoned buildings in the area are now swanky live/work residences.

These converted industrial spaces are typically above retail services located on the ground floor that include restaurants, groceries, wine shops, and gyms.

To enjoy loft living, find lofts available for sale by visiting real estate in Downtown LA.





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Buff, Straub, and Hensman

Buff, Smith and Hensman is an architectural firm. The office has won more than 30 awards for house designs from the American Institute of Architects.

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Outpost Estates, Los Angeles


Outpost Estates is “as close as a downtown hotel but like a mountain lodge.”

In the early 1920’s developer Charles E. Toberman set out to make the area located east of Runyon Canyon Park and north of Franklin Avenue into one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential parks in the world.

To see his vision materialize Toberman imposed strict building requirements for each plot of land. Architecture was limited to Spanish style only featuring sloped roofs and genuine kiln tiles. The streets of this canyon neighborhood within the Hollywood Hills were filled with ornamental streetlights. And, like the Moreno Highlands in Silver Lake, all utilities were placed underground.

To promote sales in the Outpost Estates, Toberman borrowed an idea from the developers of Hollywoodland and erected a large sign. It is said to be the largest neon sign ever built at that point in time to promote residential real estate.

Many of the original houses are still standing today and the neighborhood continues to offer that feeling of being so close to it all yet feeling miles away.

To find a home for sale in the Outpost Estates visit Hollywood Hills real estate.


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