As Southern California museums and cultural organizations delve into Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., #PSTinLA, we’d like to explore our Studio One Eleven connections with the initiative. Those of particular interest: the complex and often underappreciated facets of Los Angeles post-war architecture that impacted the region’s residential fabric as well as its global identity. For this initial installment, Michael Bohn comments on the Getty’s inclusion of Carl Maston in the Getty’s OVERDRIVE: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940-1990.
Michael Bohn with his Store Building for Mrs. Ann McCreery + Mr. A.N. Hexter by Carl Maston.
Although a favorite of Studio One Eleven’s Michael Bohn, there’s little mention of the influential mid-century modernist architect Carl Maston (1915-1992) in a landscape dominated by the renowned names of Eames, Neutra and Lautner. Despite this, Maston’s stark modern style and inventive use of concrete structural solutions, can be seen in his 100+ works throughout Southern California—shopping centers, institutional buildings, private homes, and military housing units.
Michael Bohn posing near Ray Kappe sketch (for Carl Maston) featured in Getty’s OVERDRIVE: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. (Photo by Ryan Miller Capture Imaging/Invision/AP).
Michael Bohn: What I discovered while talking to Architect Ray Kappe at the opening reception for Pacific Standard Time Overdrive exhibition is that Ray drew the sketch while working at Carl Maston’s firm! He told me he completed the drawing in a day.
Detail of Carl Maston’s Store Building for Mrs. Ann McCreery + Mr. A.N. Hexter. Click image to see sketch in full view.
Michael Bohn on his Maston: What I like best about this Maston sketch is that it features a group of retail shops reflecting a period that illustrates an architectural style—the signage, cars and dress on the people as well as the type of shops that were prevalent at the time such as the camera store and china shop. A college friend and fellow architect, Brian Lane, gave me this Maston from his collection. If he wouldn’t have taken the drawings from Carl, they would have been dumped in the trash!