Friday, September 19, 2014


James Hubbell at the chapel

Ed and I  joined an excursion with the Mingei Museum to visit a property between Santa Isable and Julian to experience the work of renowned artist and architect James Hubbell. His mountain home blends with the natural landscape. James Hubbell greeted our group and gave us an overview of his work.

Boys' Room

Example of a mosaic floor
A stained window in progress
 We toured several of the nine whimsical free-form structures that featured stained-glass windows, mosaic tiles, carved doors, hand-forged fixtures and sculptures. There is also a small pool along with some studios, a separate master bedroom and the freestanding boys’ room.  James continues to design and build structures on the property including three new structures that will become the center to Ilan-Lael Foundation which will be a non-profit education center.

Ceiling fixture

Ed starting to walk aroud the pool
We had lunch at the nearby Red Barn that is part of the Wynola Pizza and Bistro.  In the afternoon we continued on to Camp Stevens, located on the outskirts of Julian, to see an outdoor chapel and stained glass windows designed by James Hubbell. Camp Stevens is a retreat for groups to exchange ideas in a natural setting.

The fireplace in a meeting room

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