Saturday, April 26, 2014

California Moderne and the Mid-Century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett

Cover for "California Moderne and the Mid-Century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett"
As many of you know, I am a historian of the work by architect Edward H. Fickett, F.A.I.A.  Many people that I speak with who own homes designed by him ask, "When will there be a book about Fickett?"  After years of efforts by writer, Richard Rapaport and Fickett's widow, Joycie Fickett, I am happy to say the book was just sent off to the printers for the reproduction into a hardcover book being published by Rizzolli New York. 

The book, entitled, "California Moderne and the Mid-Century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett" should hit stores in a few months, but you can pre-order to book through Amazon.  Click here to follow the link and purchase your book for $47.43 in advance.
Rough Layout of the book while working on captions and content.
Because Fickett's work is vast, the book covers only a mere fraction of his work.  But, it will give you more insight into the illustrious career of one of Southern California most important architects associated with the mid-century modern movement.  You will also find the captions I wrote for the book, as well as other material I wrote or rewrote in order to meet the publisher's deadlines.  Joycie and I always enjoy one another's company and usually laugh quite a bit while working together.  This opportunity was no exception as we lost sleep and pulled our hair out a bit while finishing the book.  Bottom line, the book is complete.  I know that I will have an opportunity to write the next one. 

Included in the book are  Fickett designs of one-off luxury homes, tract homes, homes in the hills, commercial buildings, civic projects and Palm Springs work.  Quoting the Amazon review, "A dazzling presentation of the mid-century modern California style, offering a fresh perspective on the work of this influential yet widely unknown figure."

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