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USC digitizes over 1,300 slides of California Modernism

April 23, 2016

Need a little escapism? A trove of period slides depicting West Coast Modern architecture is now available online thanks to the University of Southern California Libraries. Approximately 1,300 slides are part of two unique collections. The bulk of them come from Fritz Block, a German-trained architect who moved to Los Angeles in 1938 and started his own color slide company. Another 100 slides are from Pierre Koenig, one of southern California’s preeminent Modern architects and a long-time faculty member at the USC School of Architecture.


Oberman House, Rancho Palos Verde, CA, ca. 1962, from the Pierre Koenig slide collection.