Best Idea of the Week

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Send appreciative e-mails to Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who is thinking out loud about the possibility that LACMA might acquire a few architecturally important modernist homes in the LA area, including — possibly — Frank Gehry’s own famously deconstructed bungalow in Santa Monica.

Gehry House/Photo: New York Times

This is a move I wish every museum with an acquisitions budget (or a few generous donors) would consider. Frank Lloyd Wright houses disappear all the time. And just last week I blogged about the unhappy fate of two houses by Paul Rudolph. Though it’s now a National Trust Historic Site, even Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House was in play for a while.

And while we’re at it, let’s save the Doo Wop Motels!