Towse: views from the hill

June 25, 2007

For sale: 366 Lovell, Mill Valley

Filed under: architecture,real estate — Towse @ 8:51 pm

Have $4.395m to spare? Check out 366 Lovell

I especially like the open doors onto the deck, and the view.

Ah, well.

May 3, 2007

[URL] San Francisco Architects

Filed under: architecture,San Francisco,URL — Towse @ 3:55 pm

David Parry, a San Francisco REALTORĀ® has articles he’s written about San Francisco architects on his site.

Want to know about Willis Polk, Bernard Maybeck, Conrad Meussdorffer? Check out Parry’s collection of information.

[via Curbed SF]

May 1, 2007

Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Official Site

Filed under: architecture,art,life,San Francisco,science — Towse @ 6:38 pm

The official site for Renzo Piano’s Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Nice use of Flash.

RPBW are the architects for the new California Academy of Sciences which is going up in Golden Gate Park, across the Concourse from the DeYoung Museum. The new Academy will open late 2008. 370K sq ft — of which 95K sq ft are public space. Living roof. Zounds.

We almost stopped into the Academy’s temporary digs on Howard Street yesterday, but I was tuckered out, having walked down to SFMOMA to meet up with his nibs and visit, among other exhibits, the Picasso and American Art exhibit. Get there if thee can. Exhibit closes Monday, May 28, 2007.

Philistine that I are, I did not get Brice Marden, especially his monochrome work.

Where were we? Ah, yes: Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The RPBW site covers projects, bio, history, &c. An interactive map gives access to projects worldwide.


(Walked back home again, too, even though it was a free transit day: RT was 4mi+ and then there was all the walking around inside SFMOMA)

April 27, 2007

2901 Broadway, SF

Filed under: architecture,real estate,San Francisco — Towse @ 7:29 pm

The folks selling 2901 Broadway (Broadway at Baker) have finally come up with a price. (They originally said the place was priceless and anyone wanting to buy it would have to come up with an offer that reflected what it was worth.)

Price? $55m

SFNewsletter has an entertaining take (Comparison Shopping) on the price. Puts the price in perspective, doesn’t it?

Reminds me of those descriptions of a trillion dollars and how many times a trillion dollar bills laid end to end would wrap around the Earth. (four thousand times)

Some history on 2901 Broadway.

Real estate porn from the listing agents.

February 11, 2007

No condos there, nope. No church, nope. Nothing.

Filed under: architecture,real estate,San Francisco — Towse @ 2:01 am

Nothing but a tired, old, rundown crenellated building … until decided the old Armory would be a perfect site for their offices and for filming kinky movies. paid $14.5 million for the 200K sq ft landmark built in 1914.

The neighborhood’s aghast, but really has no say in the matter: is sprucing up thirty years of neglect but has no plans to alter the building and doesn’t have to go before planning or the landmarks commission. The up-in-arms folks have no one to blame but those who shot down every development proposal for the Armory that came down the pike since the National Guard vacated the building in 1975.

The purchase (and the ensuing uproar) even made the Wall Street Journal! The Journal’s article is password-protected, but the Chicago Daily Herald was nice enough to pick up the article, allowing us to read it.

January 30, 2007

[URL] Index of artists and architects

Filed under: architecture,art,history,URL — Towse @ 8:36 pm

Index of artists and architects. Digital Imaging Project: Art historical images of European and North American architecture and sculpture from classical Greek to Post-modern.

Not just European and North American anymore. Also includes images from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University, has pulled together more than 13,000 images. Index. Monthly featured site. More.

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