Lloyd Wright's Moore House (1959) threatened with demolition

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Lloyd Wright's Moore House (1959) threatened with demolition

Postby Vavala » Thu May 27, 2010 6:26 pm

The Moore House (Lloyd Wright, 1959) in Palos Verdes Estates is threatened with demolition; the owners plan to construct a new house on this prime site overlooking the ocean. The Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an environmental impact report for the project was released in early May. Public comments on the NOP are due on June 8. Since the house has absolutely no local protection, public outcry is essential in preventing its demolition.

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Read more about the issue on the Conservancy's website: http://laconservancy.org/issues/issues_moore.php4

Please take a few minutes now to let the City of Palos Verdes Estates know that the Moore House is an architectural treasure worth preserving. Request that the city require a reuse alternative in the EIR that could expand the Moore House’s square footage through a sensitively-scaled addition and meet the property owners’ needs for increased space.

Please comment by June 8, and reference the Notice of Preparation for the EIR regarding the Moore House. Please copy mvavala@laconservancy.org on e-mails so we can keep a record of what is sent.

Letters can be addressed to:
Stacey Kinsella, Associate Planner
Department of City Planning
340 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
E-mail: skinsella@pvestates.org
Fax: (310) 378-7820
Phone: (310) 378-0383

Thank you for your support!

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Postby Vavala » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:13 am

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_15289276

Lloyd Wright admirers stand in way of PVE man's dream home
By Kristin S. Agostoni
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The Daily Breeze
June 13, 2010

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Several years ago, Mark Paullin bought property at the edge of Palos Verdes Estates with the intention of building his family's dream home.

The almost 6,000-square-foot house on Paseo del Mar would sit just across the street from The Neighborhood Church, with views of the ocean and the South Bay coastline.

But preservationists are standing in the way of his dream. They don't want Paullin to tear down what's already there - a modern, boomerang-shaped house designed in the late 1950s by Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had his own successful career in Southern California.

Among them is the Los Angeles Conservancy, which sees the house with extended roof overhangs and expansive windows as both an "architectural treasure" and a "notable example" of Lloyd Wright's postwar residential designs. Since the organization a year ago raised a red flag about the demolition plan, the city of Palos Verdes Estates decided the issue merits more study.

And so the 59-year-old Paullin, who has lived in two other homes in the lower Malaga Cove area, has been forced to put the building plans on hold as his house's historic value is vetted in an environmental impact report.

The city last month advertised the start of the process that will eventually yield a draft report and final analysis and allow for public comment along the way.

"We are patiently waiting and hoping to build our house, and that's where it stands," said Paullin, who with his wife, Barbara, has four children and has lived in the area for at least 25 years.

"I'm not trying to be in a fight with everyone. I'm hoping to improve neighbors' (property) values. I think putting something more architecturally consistent in the neighborhood is more fitting."

In his eyes, the design of his new house by Torrance architect Edward Beall is more closely aligned with the style of The Neighborhood Church - which occupies a former 1927 mansion made to look like a Mediterranean villa.

The conservancy considers the so-called Moore House "a striking example of modernism" in a neighborhood with many Mediterranean-inspired homes.

A monograph on Lloyd Wright by photographer Alan Weintraub says the 3,376-square-foot home was designed for Louis Moore and his wife, Marriott, who was interested in modern architecture.

Its dramatic flared design, which has been likened to a spaceship, placed the common areas on the second floor to take advantage of the ocean views, and the bedrooms downstairs. The "unusual appearance" initially drew objections from the local art jury reviewing the design plans, the monograph states, but Wright eventually prevailed.

Paullin said he became interested in the property when it went on the market several years ago. Having lived not far away, he knew of the house and had heard it was designed by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright.
"I didn't know who that was," said Paullin, a manufacturer. "I've certainly been educated since then."

Nonetheless, he said he'd approached the city and the Palos Verdes Homes Association, a quasi-governmental agency that regulates building setbacks and aesthetics, before proceeding with the plans.

"My question to them was, was there any reason I can't demolish the home from a historical standpoint?" Paullin recalled. He said he was told that was not an issue.

The Los Angeles Conservancy got involved in the spring of 2009 after receiving an anonymous inquiry from a resident in the area, said Mike Buhler, the group's director of advocacy.

That was only shortly before the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission was to consider the project, which, at the time, was drawing objections mainly because of the new structure's height. The commission rejected the proposal in large part because of concerns about the height and potential view impacts, and Paullin said his architect has since adjusted the roof lines so the new home will not be any higher than the existing one.

But to answer questions about the house's historical significance, the city has asked for an environmental review. Palos Verdes Estates Planning Director Allan Rigg said he hasn't encountered a similar situation in his more than 10 years with the city.

"This is really a first for us as far as I'm concerned," he said.

The Los Angeles Conservancy on its website urged members to comment following the issuance last month of a Notice of Preparation - a first step toward determining what areas will be covered in an environmental report.

Buhler said he is aware of at least 150 people who have submitted letters - including Eric Lloyd Wright, the architect's son and Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, who wrote that "to lose or do unsympathetic alterations or remodeling to the house would do a great disservice to the community."

The conservancy suggests in written comments that the environmental report address alternatives to demolition, which could mean rehabilitating the interior to allow for "enhanced livability," or increasing the square footage "with a sensitively scaled addition."

"It's not a stretch to think a house can continue to be used as a house," Buhler said. "It has extremely distinctive designs, and it is remarkably intact."

The conservancy also wrote that several of Lloyd Wright's other residential designs in Los Angeles County are either designated on the National Register of Historic Places or as local landmarks. (Palos Verdes Estates, however, doesn't have a program in place for designating historic resources.)

Last year, Paullin said he offered the Moore House to the nonprofit Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. He said he's still willing to turn over the home to a preservation group or another interested organization and would even "make a cash donation" to assist with moving expenses.

"I'm sorry to create all this controversy, but it seems unfair that I would be asked to preserve the home at my cost for everyone else's benefit," Paullin said.

"We just bought it to build our dream home, and this isn't our dream home," he said. "We think the new home is a beautiful house."

kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com

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Postby googieagog » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:43 pm

This is one of the more obnoxious preservation "news" stories I've seen in a while. The writer and/or editor clearly have a property-rights agenda, or perhaps are just golf buddies with the owner. Note the house is identified as the "so-called Moore House," most most pro-preservation terms are placed in sarcastic fragment quote marks, and the owner is given far more ink than the other side. The headline and entire framing is slanted. Sometimes it seems MCM preservation has finally gone mainstream, but then a goofy story like this one smacks you back to reality.

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Postby nichols » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:58 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

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A dream home in Palos Verdes Estates deferred
Preservationists fight a homeowner's plan to raze the spaceship-like Moore house and build another. The house was designed in 1958 by Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2010

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 4725.story

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Postby Vavala » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:36 pm

The Moore House (Lloyd Wright, 1959) in Palos Verdes Estates remains threatened with demolition; the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed project was released in late October and public comments are due on December 10. Public outcry is essential in preventing its demolition.

Read more about the issue on the Conservancy's website: http://laconservancy.org/issues/issues_moore.php4

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How You Can Help – Submit Comments by December 10 and Get One Friend to Do the Same

Please take a few minutes now to let the City of Palos Verdes Estates know that the Moore House is an architectural treasure worth preserving. Even if you wrote a letter over the summer, we need your help again in order for community leaders to understand how many people care about the Moore House.

Although it should be in your own words and reflect your own experience, to be most effective, your letter should address the following points:

* The Moore House is a rare and significant historic resource, designed by the nationally recognized architect Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright), and is one of only two structures designed by him in the City of Palos Verdes Estates.

* The draft EIR fails to identify and evaluate a single reuse alternative that would maintain the Moore House’s eligibility as a historic resource. This is a clear problem, as the final EIR must include at least one true preservation alternative.

* The Moore House can be modified and expanded in a sensitive way that would address preservation concerns as well as several of the owners’ stated project goals. Yet no such alternatives have been seriously considered.

Please comment by December 10, and reference the draft EIR regarding 504 Paseo del Mar Project (the Moore House). And please ask a friend who shares your passion for our architectural heritage to write a letter as well.

Please copy mvavala@laconservancy.org on e-mails so we can monitor the response.

Submit comments to:
Stacey Kinsella, Associate Planner
Department of City Planning
340 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
E-mail: skinsella@pvestates.org
Fax: (310) 378-7820
Phone: (310) 378-0383

Although commenting on the EIR by December 10 is the top priority, you can also submit a letter to the Palos Verdes Estates City Council, which will make the ultimate decision on the fate of the Moore House. Let them know that this architectural masterpiece needs to be retained for future generations.

You can write to the City Council after December 10. Send your letter to citycouncil@pvestates.org, and please copy mvavala@laconservancy.org.

Thank you for your support!

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Postby Lonestardiva » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:36 am

I know it must be heart breaking to give up the 'view' the owners purchased.. but for pete's sake.... can't they just SELL to someone who LIKES it and build elsewhere!!!??? Grrrrr. :(:(

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Postby Vavala » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:48 am

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_16819212

Plans for Lloyd Wright-designed house in Palos Verdes Estates Cause Concern
By Melissa Pamer
Staff Writer

Daily Breeze
December 10, 2010

Palos Verdes Estates has received more than 500 comments from local residents and architecture fans concerned with the fate of a 52-year-old house designed by architect Lloyd Wright.

The owners of the dramatic Paseo del Mar property - who purchased the dramatic, low-slung house without knowing its design pedigree - want to replace it with a much larger structure.

An environmental impact report on the project was completed in October. Comments on the report are due to the city today.

The Los Angeles Conservancy has rallied preservationists to save the home, calling it an "architectural treasure" that is a fine example of the postwar work of Lloyd Wright, son on the much more famous Frank Lloyd Wright.

Comments have poured into the city, including from architecture fans abroad.

"There's been an effort to broadcast this project as far as possible," said city Planning Director Allan Rigg.

The 3,400-square-foot house, across the street from the historic Neighborhood Church, is a modern, boomerang-shaped structure offering ocean views. It's an unusual vision in a neighborhood of red-tile-roofed, Mediterranean-style homes.

The environmental review found that the so-called Moore House could not feasibly be renovated and still meet the desires of its owners. The conservancy was displeased because it feels preservation alternatives were not considered for the house, which is eligible for listing as a historic resource.

The city Planning Commission is set to weigh the project in January, Rigg said.

melissa.pamer@dailybreeze.com


What do you think?

To comment on plans to demolish and replace a modern, Lloyd Wright-designed home in Palos Verdes Estates, e-mail city Associate Planner Stacey Kinsella at skinsella@pvestates.org, or fax 310-378-7820.

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Postby scowsa » Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:28 pm

The Los Angeles Conservancy has posted a very interesting video series exploring the Moore House, with commentary from Eric Lloyd Wright (the architect's son) and an interview with the original owner.

It take viewers around the exterior, inside, out onto the deck, and into the living quarters, with a charmingly laid-back cameo by Moore.

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