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An Eichler home tour is an excellent opportunity for both owners and enthusiasts to see examples of different models, and the improvements and renovations made by the owners kind enough to let us view their homes. 

The San Mateo Highland Eichler home tour is coming this May 3rd & 4th from 10AM to 3PM featuring 10 homes, a restored vintage Airstream trailer, a historical documentary of the Highlands neighborhood, the film "People
in Glass Houses" (featuring my neighbors Scott and Mona), vintage cars, limited edition commemorative poster (see below), 9 midcentury modern artists, and much more.

The cost for the tour is $55 for a single day and $100 for the weekend.  Lunch is also available for an additional $12 or you can bring your own.  Reservations and additional information are available via www.eichlerhometour.org, and I’d recommend you make them sooner than later because space is limited. 

Enjoy the tour, and I hope to see you there!

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Eames, Eames everywhere


If you missed the debut of American Masters - Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect & The Painter on PBS tonight, you can look for the reruns (through Dec 27) on KQED on this page - or go see it in the cinema at The Balboa in the City this week for a very limited run.

Also, in the event you find yourself down in Southern California over the Holidays or early next year, there are a few Eames exhibits to check out:

* "Eames Designs: The Guest-Host Relationship" at the A&D Architecture and Design Museum through January 16, explores the designers' work, process and philosophy.

* "The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room" will transport their living room to LACMA until mid-April, with staging to demonstrate the evolution of the space.

* The Eames House itself is available for visits, though you must book in advance.  Details & contact info are on the page above about the Living Room exhibit.


Lastly, a short video from rapper Ice Cube (who studied Architectural drafting back in the day) paying tribute to the Eames'.




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San Francisco AIA Home Tour Features Gorgeous Moderns

They may not be Eichlers, but there will be 10 stunning modern homes available to tour September 17 & 18 in the city at this year's American Institute of Architects Home tour.

General admission tickets are $85 (discounts available for AIA members, students, some teachers & bicyclists!) and include a cocktail reception on the 17th.  Tickets & full discount details here:  http://2011aiasfhometours.eventbrite.com/


View the full list of homes and learn more about the program here:  http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Home_Tours/Fall_homes.htm


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Classic George Nelson bench... of Legos!

This is pretty incredible. Someone has built the familiar George Nelson bench (retail about $700 depending on what size you get) out of LEGO plastic toy blocks. And it looks great!

Although initially this project was prompted by the cost of the bench, the Legos ended up costing a few hundred dollars, too, and the final product is not sturdy enough to sit on, but is obviously much more of a whimsical conversation piece! Thanks to Craft Magazine for the heads-up - read the whole story here.

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Legos!

Lego Architecture has announced the first 2 in a planned series of classic Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to be available as playsets: the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Falling Water. The sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building. Initially these be available exclusively at the Guggenheim in conjunction with the opening of their Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit: From Within Outward (runs May 15, 2009 - August 23, 2009); no word on where else they will be distributed. Read the full press release on PrairieMod. Also, to see what some Lego hobbyists have come up with on their own without these special kits, check out this Flickr Pool (includes all kinds of architecture, not just Wright).
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Looking for some ideas and advice on Eichler remodel projects? Keycon Construction & Design is putting on an Eichler Remodeling Faire in Mountain View on May 16, 2009 from 10am to 4pm, a one-day educational event where homeowners can meet top Eichler experts who will answer questions, show examples, and offer feedback on your remodeling project ideas with no obligation. The event is free - more details and registration here.
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All you major Mid-Century Modern & Pre-fab fans, mark your calendars and gas up the vehicle - the CA Boom Design Show is coming up June 26-28 at the former Robinson's location in Beverly Hills. This is primarily a trade show but is open to the public on the weekend - details are here. In addition to the main exhibit area, there are also home tours led by the actual architects and designers of these MCM & prefab homes in the area - this year's homes & agenda have yet to be announced, but you can find some photos & info for last year's tours here. Thanks to my sister of PTW Associates for the heads-up on this show.
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Eichler Tour in San Mateo Highlands - April 24 & 25

We look right at them on the hill across the Bay from us - now have a chance to look inside some of the Eichlers in the San Mateo Higlands. The annual tour includes 8-12 homes, and benefits the Highlands Elementary School. We went to this 2 years ago, and ran into a few Greenridge residents there, including the former owners of our home! There were some absolutely amazing homes, and some that were less interesting, but overall we felt it was a worthwhile excursion. This year the experimental X-100 steel-frame house (one of two in the world) will be included as well, on the Friday tour only. Tickets are $35 if purchased by March 15; they'll be $40 after that. More info and tickets here. Bonus round: Would you be interested in having a Greenridge Eichler tour that benefitted the community? Please take this quick anonymous poll.
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Thomas Westfall
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