September 9, 2011

Midcentury Modern Bike Tour

BIKERS VISITING PIERRE KOENIG’S CASE STUDY HOUSE 22

For those interested in MCM architectural tours, the intrigue is founded in the opportunity to learn about the design of midcentury masters first hand. By experiencing physical built works we can better understand the spacial qualities and intent of their design and learn from those who have come before us in a very tactile way. Of course, we all know of  bus tours, boat tours, and walking tours. How about taking the architectural tour on a bike?

There is an avid group of cyclists and design enthusiasts in the Los Angeles area who are doing just that. Visiting some of the cities most iconic architectural sites, they are enjoying the day in the community of likeminded folks, exercising and learning together. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the day. Brian Janeczko organizes BikeHaus. He plans tours concentrating on mid-century modern residential homes designed by famous types like Lautner, Ellwood, Eames, Schindler and Wright.

PANN’S, A GOOGIE COFFEE SHOP DESIGNED BY ELDON DAVIS.

I also contacted James Black who organizes Googie Rides. They focus on tours of the few remaining Googie coffee shops.I signed up for his email newsletter, and I am looking forward to following their path, wherever their pedals lead. You can keep tabs on upcoming tours by visiting his website.

Meet some new friends, grab breakfast at a period coffee shop, or visit an example of midcentury modern design, all the while enjoying your morning workout. Contact BikeHaus at bikehausla@gmail.com. Sign up for updates on Googie rides at googieriders@architectureburger.com.

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