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Los Angeles Architecture – What Will Be the Fate of CBS’s Television City?

Another Los Angeles landmark is threatened as it transitions from a long-term stewardship. The iconic property know as CBS’s Television City is reportedly being put up for sale and is being eyed by several developers. It is know as one of the best examples of international style architecture in Los Angeles. The structure is the master work by mid-century modern architecture firm Pereira and Luckman. The team included the late architect Gin Wong as project coordinator. The Los Angeles Conservancy has submitted a nomination to designate the CBS Television City complex as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) following news in September that CBS Corporation was potentially interested in selling the property.

Television City played a major role in the history of television as the first large-scale, all-new facility in the nation designed to meet the mass-production of television programming. The studios at Television City have hosted such memorable television events as Elvis Presley’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and featured the talent of iconic comedians Jack Benny and Carol Burnett. The studio now hosts show like The Price is Right and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The 25-acre property is located at Beverly and Fairfax, close to The Grove and the original Farmers Market. At least two major developers were reportedly interested in the property, which could potentially fetch anywhere from $500 million to $900 million.

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Gin Wong, Architect

Gin Wong was a Chinese-born American architect based in Los Angeles, California. During his career, he was the chief of the Architectural Guild for the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at University of Southern California, the founder and chairman of Gin Wong Associates, and the president of William L. Pereira & Associates. He was known as the designer of numerous buildings and centers in Southern California and the Pacific Rim, which include the LAX Theme Building, the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Headquarters Building in Downtown Los Angeles, the CBS Television City, just to name a few. Wong had a significant history with the development of Los Angeles. He was pivotal in the design of the original Los Angeles International Airport, developing a satellite system that moved arrivals, departures and baggage terminals efficiently, a system now considered the blueprint for airport design.

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Air Force One – SAM 26000 & SAM 27000 Project Prestige and Power

For decades, world leaders have consistently stated that the most powerful tool the President of the United States possesses is Air Force One. The aircraft projects power, status and is one of the most useful marketing tools available to the United States. Many of those leaders respect the opportunity to visit the President at the White House, but it feels like a common occurrence to many who have even more opulent presidential residences. Very few political or world leaders get the opportunity to ride aboard Air Force One. It is a rare privilege extended to few. Those who do have the opportunity immediately understand the power and prestige that is projected by Air Force One.

The most famous of all Presidential aircraft are SAM 26000 and SAM 27000. Any aircraft which the President rides aboard is designated by the call sign “Air Force One.” The Boeing 707 commissioned by the Air Force in 1962 for President Kennedy was designated Special Air Missions (SAM) 26000. Later in 1972, SAM 27000 was commissioned. The Kennedys commissioned Raymond Loewy, a French-born American designer, to bring a sense of style and luxury to the presidential aircraft. His creative designs created the look and feel of Air Force One that we know today.

Mr. Loewy achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He spent most of his professional career in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1938. Among his designs were the Shell, Exxon, TWA and the former BP logos, the Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, Coca-Cola vending machines, the Lucky Strike package, Coldspot refrigerators, the Studebaker Avanti and Champion.

SAM 26000 and SAM 27000 served all the modern presidents through Bill Clinton. SAM 26000 carried President Kennedy to Dallas, Texas, where it served as the backdrop as the Kennedys greeted well-wishers at Dallas’s Love Field. Later that afternoon, Kennedy was assassinated, and Vice President Johnson assumed the office of President and took the oath of office aboard SAM 26000. At Johnson’s request, the SAM 26000 carried Kennedy’s body back to Washington. A decade later, SAM 26000 took Johnson’s body home to Texas after his state funeral in Washington. SAM 26000 also served President Nixon on several groundbreaking overseas voyages, including his famous visit to the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union, both firsts for an American president.

SAM 26000 was replaced in December 1972 by SAM 27000. It was kept as a backup until retired in 1998. Richard Nixon was the first president to use SAM 27000 as a primary aircraft. After announcing his intention to resign the presidency, Nixon boarded SAM 27000 to travel to California.

SAM 27000’s last flight as Air Force One was on August 29, 2001 when it flew President George W. Bush from San Antonio to Waco, Texas. Following the flight, it was formally decommissioned, then flown to San Bernardino International Airport (formerly Norton AFB) in California. It was dismantled and taken to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where it was reassembled and is on permanent display.

ADG Team with SAM 27000

 

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – Simi Valley, CA.

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A bronze base…

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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ADG Lighting and Dering Hall Combine For The Ultimate Partnership

ADG Lighting designs, fabricates and manufactures lighting fixtures, architectural ornamentation, and metal work in all styles. Our versatility can be seen in our wide range of work on a number of residential and commercial properties. The versatility of our work includes projects in transitional architecture, traditional architecture, contemporary architecture, historic architecture, and high-end architecture.

Dering Hall offers an entirely new approach to furnishing a home—and one that makes hunting for that perfect bespoke sideboard a dynamic and enjoyable experience. Our partnership is ideal, as we offer unique and creative design solutions for a discriminating clientele. We are proud to share some of our recent features on the Dering Hall platform.

Moroccan-Inspired Lighting

Moroccan-inspired lighting designs are imbued with plenty of character. See these eye-catching lighting options, including brass lanterns, statement sconces, and tiered chandeliers, that add a global touch to interiors. 

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French-Inspired Home Accents

A trip to Paris may not be on everyone’s agenda, but home accents with a bit of French flair are the next best thing. From crystal chandeliers to antique gilt mirrors, these French-inspired pieces can add charm to any interior.

French Pendalogue Chandelier

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Unique Fireplace Accessories

Cooler nights mean more time spent lounging by the fire. Consider this roundup of accessories that can add a dash of additional glamour to one of the most classic parts of the home.

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Clean modern pendant by ADG

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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San Francisco Architecture: What Defines the City by the Bay

 

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears
is said to be seen in San Francisco.
It must be a delightful city and possess
all the attractions of the next world.”
― Oscar Wilde

The architecture of San Francisco is not so much known for defining a particular architectural style. Between its interesting and challenging variations in geography and topology, and its tumultuous history, San Francisco is known worldwide for an eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture.

Part of what makes the city so beautiful is the diversity of its architecture. The oldest architecture in San Francisco is the Victorian style. The locals love a nice row of intact Victorians, but they are not surprised by the sight of a Victorian nestled up against anything from mission to modern. As quirky as it may be, there is love for this beautiful city and its architecture.

The city is uniquely picturesque. Its scenic attractions include the largest cultivated urban park in the country, Golden Gate Park and its notoriously steep streets. It is also known for sophisticated cultural innovation and experimentation. San Francisco was the gathering place of the Beat Generation in the 1950s and a focal point of the 1960s counterculture. Still known for its cultural attractions, the Bay Area is also famous for its concentration of cutting-edge high-technology firms, which have drawn even more new residents to this amazing city.

The historic center of San Francisco is the northeast part of the city anchored by Market Street and the waterfront. It is here that the Financial District is centered, with Union Square, the principal shopping and hotel district, and the Tenderloin nearby. Cable cars carry riders up steep inclines to the summit of Nob Hill, once the home of the city’s business tycoons, and down to the waterfront tourist attractions of Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39, where many restaurants feature Dungeness crab from a still-active fishing industry.

This area also features Russian Hill, which is a residential neighborhood with the famous Lombard Street. North Beach is the city’s Little Italy and the former center of the Beat Generation, and Telegraph Hill, which features Coit Tower. The adjacent area to Russian Hill and North Beach is San Francisco’s Chinatown, which is the oldest in the United States. The South of Market, which was once San Francisco’s industrial core, has seen significant redevelopment following the construction of AT&T Park and an infusion of startup companies. New skyscrapers, live-work lofts, and condominiums dot the area. Further development is taking place just to the south in the Mission Bay area.

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It’s all in the details…

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Indiana Architecture – Have You Ever Heard of Columbus?

Somewhere in the ‘fly-over’ part of the American heartland is an architectural mecca, which most have no idea the town even exists. Annually, thousands of visitors and students of architecture flock there to explore the town and study its architecture. This city of 46,000 is ranked 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design. It offers over 90 buildings and public art pieces by world renowned architects and artists. Columbus, Indiana is that famous and unheard of community.

Columbus is a city in the county seat of Bartholomew County, Indiana. It is a relatively small city, which has provided a unique place for noted modern architecture and public art, commissioning numerous works since the mid-20th century. Located about 40 miles south of Indianapolis, on the east fork of the White River, it is the state’s 20th largest city. It has been ranked 11th on the historic destinations list, describing the city as authentic, unique, and unspoiled.

Columbus is regularly featured in national and international publications. Even if you are not an architecture buff, learning how this small town strives for excellence is both unique and inspiring. Since the early 1940s, some of the world’s finest architects have made Columbus a virtual museum of modern architecture, with works by some of the most notable names in architecture, such as I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Deborah Berke.

If you are seeking an experience that immerses you in world-renowned architecture, go visit the city of Columbus. It is one of the best cities for architecture lovers and is considered a mecca for its architectural experience. Visitors to Columbus agree that their experience can be considered unforgettable and truly unexpected!

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Bigger CAN be better! 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Miami Architecture: Aston Martin Channels James Bond in Downtown Miami

Aston Martin is a brand that represents the ultimate experience in high-end sports cars and is best known as the vehicle of choice of James Bond. They are now taking that luxury experience and translating it to a 66-story high rise luxury residential living in downtown Miami. This project represents their expansion outside of luxury vehicles and into luxury architectural design.

Aston Martin is a best known as a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Steered from 1947 by David Brown, it became associated with expensive grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of a DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Their sports cars are regarded as a British cultural icon. Aston Martin has held a Royal Warrant as purveyor of motorcars to HRH the Prince of Wales since 1982.

The design will bring the craftsmanship and experience of driving an Aston Martin to life by incorporating signature elements, colors and materials from the cars into the design of the interiors, common areas and amenities of the building. The stunning construction of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the downtown Miami waterfront. The development’s seven penthouses and one triplex penthouse will be complemented by a range of expansive one to five-bedroom apartments.

The building will feature amenities which include a double-level fitness center overlooking the ocean, spinning studio, boxing gym, virtual golf room, art gallery, two cinemas, as well as a full-service spa, beauty salon and barber shop. These range luxury spaces will be contained within a sail-shaped building that reflects its marina location. The residents will be able to enjoy direct access to the local waters via an exclusive yacht marina. Construction has begun on the tower, with the building set to open in 2021.

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A work in progress…

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By Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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