It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (1961). Palm Springs, California.  Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams.

Considered to be in the classic Desert Modern or mid-century International style, the 13,000 square foot building originally served as a branch of Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan.

Ahmanson Building. LACMA

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Ahmanson Building, Los Angeles County museum of Art (1965 – 2020)

Designed by architect William Pereira (1909-1985) and built by Del E. Webb in 1965, the four-story Ahmanson Building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an iconic example of Los Angeles’ 1960s modernist architecture.

One of three original buildings (it was originally called The Lytton Gallery until 1968) at LACMA, it is slated to be torn down and replaced with an entirely new complex of buildings and exhibition spaces.

On a recent visit, the exhibition spaces within the building had been closed in anticipation of its demolition in 2020.  Adieu.