San Diego — Ask anyone their definition of architectural modernism and you’re likely to get as many answers as you will questions. A quick Internet search will land you on an explanation of the early 20th century movement that sought to unite architectural principles with the rapidly advancing technologies of the time. Forms were simplified, structures became their own themes, and monikers created.
Ask architect Robert Mosher his definition and prepare to be transported. Architectural historian, Keith York, will do just that during an interview with Mosher, 91, at the NewSchool of Architecture January 21 at 9:30 a.m. York, who maintains the website www.modernsandiego.com, will query Mosher regarding his perspective on modernism as well as his attitudes towards historic preservation.
Mosher’s stamp on San Diego’s architectural landscape is undeniable. His local works of note include the west wing of the San Diego Museum of Art, All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma, buildings on the Muir College campus at UCSD and the SDSU student union among others. His most visible contribution lives in his design consultation of the Coronado Bridge.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of San Diego Architecture and is open to the public with a $5 donation requested. The NewSchool of Architecture is located in downtown San Diego at 1249 F Street.
Photo courtesy of Eileen Maher (Port of San Diego) via Flikr Creative Commons