Point Loma Architecture Series: TIKI! When Polynesian Pop Invaded Southern California

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On July 20, 2017, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Agents Caroline Glasner and Susan Diamond held a special architecture series exploring the history of Polynesian architecture and Tiki culture in Point Loma, San Diego and Southern California. The event, which was held at the historic Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, featured a presentation by Architectural Historian Diane Kane.  Guests viewed the presentation (and perhaps enjoyed one or two of the Bali Hai’s world famous Mai Tai’s) from the main floor of the historic Bali Hai bar overlooking San Diego Bay. The slide show focused on the numerous restaurants, hotels, commercial buildings and communities that embrace this Polynesian Pop style throughout San Diego and Southern California.

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The Point Loma Architecture Lecture Series was created by Caroline Glasner and Susan Diamond of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty to explore the architectural history of Point Loma with experts in the field. Caroline and Susan have extensive experience listing and selling historical and architectural properties and have combined their passion for these properties and their love of the Point Loma community to create this lecture series.

For more information contact Caroline Glasner, caroline.glasner@sothebyrealty.com or Susan Diamond, susan.diamond@sothebysrealty.com or visit their website at www.coastalartandhome.com.

 

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And in case you just can’t get enough Tiki, but seriously is there ever enough Tiki?  Not to worry, Tiki Oasis, the largest and longest-running festival in the world for lovers of Island lifestyle and purveyors of Polynesian Pop is happening this week. And in case you missed the Point Loma Architecture Series you can still check out the historic Bali Hai Restaurant for the festival opening this Thursday.  Friday – Sunday at the Crowne Plaza offers daytime events such as DJs, 100+ vendors, educational seminars, car show, and tropical cocktails by the pool. For more information visit www.tikioasis.com.

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR OF OH! SAN DIEGO, A CITYWIDE ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH AND 26TH 2017

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that the company is the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Open House San Diego event (OH! San Diego.) Presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, OH! San Diego provides free behind-the-scenes access to over 40 of San Diego’s iconic buildings throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan. 

According to Maxine Ward, Director of San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) this year’s event will attract record participation and feature architecture and design studios, museums, schools, hotels, high­-rises, and many SDAF Orchid award winners. Many of which boast innovative use of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

 The event will bring design aficionados from Southern California and nearby Mexico a rare — and free — opportunity for behind-the-scenes access to the city’s most iconic buildings and sites. “San Diego was chosen, along with New York and Chicago, to be one of the three official U.S. Open House Worldwide Cities and this an excellent opportunity to showcase the diverse commercial architecture our city affords,”says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? More than a dozen architecture studios will share their design process.
  • Are you a fan of historic architecture? Some of San Diego’s most iconic buildings will reveal their rich histories.
  • Interested in the newest buildings on the San Diego skyline? We have tours of recently completed projects and hard-hat tours.
  • Want to experience an Orchid winner in person? Visit during Open House and learn why these site won SDAF’s coveted award.

The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Barrio Logan and new for 2017 – Bankers Hill. Most sites are open from 10am – 4pm, but some have limited hours. Most sites offer open access or self-guided tours. Some offer regularly scheduled guided tours on a first come, first served basis. Others require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Review the 47 sites along with their descriptions, images, addresses and opening hours. A souvenir printed event guide with a map and site descriptions is available at city library branches and at various other locations around town. The event guide is also available for pdf download. Sites requiring advance reservations are accepted NOW!

 

OH! Talks

Broaden your OH! San Diego experience by attending talks given by architects, designers, planners and other experts during the weekend. No reservations required.

When | Saturday March 25
Where | The Auditorium at San Diego Central Library | 330 Park Blvd.

10:30 AM        VICTORIA THORNTON | Open House Worldwide Founder

11:00 AM        JAN HORN | Executive Director, Architectural Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
San Diego Residential Architecture, Then and Now.

11:30 AM        DIANE KANE, PhD | Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner

1:30 PM        JIM DAWE | Chair of Californians for Literacy and Community Libraries

1:45 PM        ROB WELLINGTON QUIGLEY, FAIA | Architect of San Diego Central Library
How the Design of the Library Represents San Diego’s Past, Present and Future.

2:30 PM        HOWARD BLACKSON | Urban Designer
Cultivating a San Diego Vernacular.

When | Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 26
Where | Carrier Johnson + CULTURE | 1301 Third Ave.

12:30 PM    CASEY MAHON | Designer
The Impacts of Technology on Architecture.

Printed event guide with a map and site descriptions will be available at city library branches and various other locations around town. For complete details visit:  www.sdarchitecture.org/program/openhouse  and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacificsir for continued updates!

 

Point Loma Architecture Series: The Work of Modernist Architect Robert Mosher

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Recently Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Agents Caroline Glasner and Susan Diamond filled the Point Loma Assembly for the fourth lecture in the Point Loma Architecture Series. The special architectural lecture focused on the work of Modernist Architect Robert Mosher and featured a round-table style discussion with James Alcorn, AIAE and historical property attorney Marie Burke Lia along with members of the community.

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Modernist Architect Robert Mosher

One of San Diego’s first generation of post-war modern architects, Robert Mosher, was co-founder of La Jolla Town Council, designer of the Coronado Bridge, west wing of the San Diego Museum of Art, and numerous other commercial and residential projects throughout San Diego. Mosher died of natural causes on July 26, 2015 at his home in La Jolla, California, at the age of 94.

 According to Larry Hoeksema, principal and former president of Architects Mosher Drew, the firm Mosher founded with his business partner Roy Drew, “Mosher’s view of modernism was much more about the quality of the human spirit. The way people interact and move through and around (a building) was something they were very much concerned about.”

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The Point Loma Architecture Lecture Series was created by Caroline Glasner and Susan Diamond of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty to explore the architectural history of Point Loma with experts in the field. Caroline and Susan have extensive experience listing and selling historical and architectural properties and have combined their passion for these properties and their love of the Point Loma community to create this lecture series. “Our goal is to enhance community awareness of these local and important treasures while bringing neighbors together,” says Glasner. “We are thankful to have the opportunity to share our love of architectural history with our Point Loma community.”

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4th Point Loma Architecture Series Lecture at the Point Loma Assembly. 

The next lecture in the Point Loma Architecture Series will be held on January, 24, 2017. The topic will be “Demystifying the Historic Designation Process. Noted expert Diane Kane, Architectural Historian, PHD will be the featured speaker. For more information contact Caroline Glasner, caroline.glasner@sothebyrealty.com or Susan Diamond, susan.diamond@sothebysrealty.com or visit their website at www.coastalartandhome.com.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division: Special Lecture Series

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On Monday, August 29th, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty held a special Architectural event at San Diego’s world renowned Museum of Contemporary Art located in the heart of La Jolla, California. The event, a two-part lecture and the final in the Architectural Specialist Series offered by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division, focused on contemporary architecture and architects as well as aspects of sustainable design and green architecture.

Jan Horn, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division was the featured speaker at the event. Horn, who has been featured as a guest speaker at the Museum of Architecture, the Museum of Modern Art in La Jolla, the Prada Museum and the New School of Architecture in San Diego, believes with the multitude of architecturally significant properties in San Diego, there is a tremendous responsibility to provide specialized representation and marketing for these listings.

“Our Architectural Division enables us to raise the bar on the marketing of architectural houses and utilizes the connections we have cultivated in the architecture community,” says Horn. “Through our certification program, our agents are able to provide their clients with a significant advantage in the representation of their unique architectural homes.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s is the only firm in San Diego to offer an Architectural Certification Program. This is a unique curriculum that instructs and equips their real estate agents with this specialized area of knowledge.

The event was well-attended by both real estate professionals and members of the community and provided a unique look at the many styles of contemporary design and sustainable architecture in our community.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division, contact Jan Horn at 858-334-8787, jan.horn@sothebysrealty.com, www.pacificsothebysrealty.com.

Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Architectural Division Lecture Series: Spanish and Mediterranean Architecture

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On Thursday­, June 11, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty held a special Architectural Division event in Downtown San Diego. The lecture on Spanish and Mediterranean architecture was given at the San Diego Central Library, itself an example of stunning architecture and design by Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, and Tucker Sadler & Associates.

“The library is an icon of San Diego architecture,” says Jan Horn, Executive Director of the Architectural Division. “We felt it was fitting to hold our event there because of the terrific responses the building has received from the architectural community.”

Jan Horn was also the featured speaker at the event, selecting Spanish and Mediterranean architecture as the topic because so many of the homes for sale in San Diego are influenced by, and examples of, this type of design.

In addition to its educational value, the talk was part of a series of classes in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Architectural Division Certification Program, a unique curriculum that instructs and equips their agents with this specialized area of knowledge.

“Our certification program puts more value on the table for our sellers,” adds Horn, “and more readily educates our buyers as to the merits of architect-designed homes.”

Nearly 150 real estate agents and members of the public attended the presentation, which was immediately followed by a reception in the library’s courtyard. Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, says “These types of opportunities separate us from other successful real estate companies. The desire to continue to improve and not be content with the status quo.”

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