Happy Halloween!!!!

halloween card cat gardener steve wallet architect 2014steve wallet architect halloween wallpaper 2014It’s my annual Halloween cartoon extravaganza!

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In our feature cartoon Lisa tries on various costumes before hitting on the perfect one.

Bromeliads , mentioned in the first cartoon panel, are one of Lisa’s favorite plants.

steve wallet architect halloween cat trick or treat 2014In the background is my first attempt at wallpaper – a detail is below the cartoon. It is appropriately Halloween themed, an endlessly repeating pattern of Halloween doodles.

In the second cartoon Our Cat, who is not quite clear on the concept of Halloween, tries his hand at trick-or-treating – with mixed results.

Happy Halloween to all!

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Happy Anniversary or…..32 Big Ones!!!!

steve wallet architect 32nd anniversary mini comic front 2014-7-15In between the silver anniversary (25 years) and the gold (50 years) comes the mini-comic anniversary at 32 years.steve wallet architect 32nd anniversary mini comic layout 2014-7-15

And in between photos of the assembled mini are its pages laid flat. Reading left to right then top to botttom are:

.the cover at the upper left,
.the two page center spread in between the interior pages at the upper right
.the back cover at the lower right with Our Cat chewing on my copyright

steve wallet architect 32nd anniversary mini comic inside 2014-7-15I also made a cartoon card, showing us stacking up all the wonderful years, while Our Cat tries to keep it all from falling over.steve wallet architect 32nd anniversary card 2014-7-15

Happy Anniversary Lisa!!!!

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From South Los Angeles to West Hollywood: James Garrott, Rudolph Schindler and the Bethlehem Baptist Church

steve wallet architect Bethlehem Baptist Church  2015-5-18How did Schindler get hired to design the Bethlehem Baptist Church? The Afro-American Baptist congregation from South Los Angeles was not a part of his usual crowd of political activists, artists and bohemians. Schindler was not widely known and had never built a church. In 1944, in racially separated Los Angeles, it is puzzling.

In my recent research I have come across information that points to a link between Schindler and the Bethlehem Baptist congregation. In the Architecture and Design Collection at UCSB there are drawings of an earlier design for the church. They were prepared by another architect, James Garrott. Garrott’s drawings are dated May 22, 1944. Three months later, on August 31, 1944, Schindler and the church officials signed a contract for a new design. What happened in between? Continue reading

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