Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Al and Margaret Hunt- Hill House- Colorado Springs, CO

I have admired this home for years...It was built for Mr. and Mrs.(Hunt) Hill. The Hunt family ( yes from Texas) developed the area as Kissing Camels Golf Resort, after the famed rock formations to the west known as "Kissing Camels". The Hunt family own the land that also encompasses the Garden of the Gods, in Colorado Springs, CO. We had an appointment to see the house, but Mrs. Hunt was ill so I don't have any interior photos out of respect for her...she passed away shortly after this visit. I tried to find out who the architect was but was unsuccessful...the staff didn't know or couldn't remember as well as the neighbors, though they thought he was from Denver ( I will find out eventually and report in). It's an incredible MCM design, built like a fortress. The light, shadows and views are first class and the landscaping is exceptional.
Nicely sited with fine landscaping...the entry is tucked under the deep overhang...You can't tell how large this home is from the street because of the privacy walls and the landscaping.
This shows the east terrace with separate personal and entertaining spaces divided by a water feature. The deep overhangs provide a sense of security on windy days...note the large glazed areas.
Above, another view of the east terrace auxiliary bedroom wing in the background.
The west side terrace with "shademakers" on a steel framework, an incredible contraption... In the background is the access to the master bedroom wing. Looking to the right you would see the below view..walled, garden terraces with water fountains...Pike's Peak is to the right in the photograph.

Julius Shulman - Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered - April 30 through June 7

Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Julius Shulman: Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered is the first-ever retrospective of photographs taken in Oklahoma by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman. The exhibit runs from April 30 through June 7 and will feature over 65 images - many unseen by the public for decades - of buildings designed by such world-renowned architects as Bruce Goff, Herb Greene, William Caudill, Truett Coston, Robert Roloff, and Paul Harris. Twenty-one architectural projects from six Oklahoma cities and towns will be represented in the exhibition, including homes, banks, churches, museums and hospitals.

In addition, on Saturday, May 2, the Museum will sponsor an architectural bus tour of several Oklahoma City-area buildings that Shulman photographed during the years he worked in Oklahoma.

St. Francis Xavier Church - Modern Photo of the Week

Name: St. Francis Xavier Church
Architect: Barry Byrne and Joseph Shaughnessy
Scupture: Alfonzo Ianelli
Year Designed: Unknown
Builder: Unknown
Year Built: 1951
Size: Unknown
Location: 1001 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO
Type: Religious
Style: Moderne
Status: Good
Photographer: Robert McLaughlin

Here is a teaser image from the Out and about Wright Tour. Look for a lot more from this event soon!