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Correction for Aaron Green site

Postby Josquin » Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:37 pm

For Aaron Green's site go to: http://www.agaarchitects.com/ . For some reason I couldn't edit my previous post.

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Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:39 am

I like this thread, so I thought I would give it a bump!

I would like to nominate Charles M. Goodman. Many of you "experts" know his work at Hollin Hills in Alexandria, Virginia, with developer Robert C. Davenport. His work their spanned from the late forties through the sixties. He was a very good architect and did some significant work other than his more famous residential jobs.

Goodman was also recently featured in Dwell in an article about a recently restored Hollin Hills House. It is funny that two of my nominations have recently been featured in Dwell. It is almost like they are reading the same books that I am.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:19 am

Goodman was one of the most prolific prefab architects in US history. Great article in House+Homes on his in the mid-'50s.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:20 am

Carl Koch, another prefab master. Did his magic for Tech Built. His non-TB work was also amazing
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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:35 am

Van Evera Bailey, Portland, Oregon

"...Van Evera Bailey was a prominent Oregon architect in the mid-century. An innovator in design, site use, and the development and application of materials, he helped to create the "Northwest Regional Style" characterized by open floor plans and the use of natural woods and glass..."
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Postby moderns-r-us » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:37 am

Joe wrote:Carl Koch, another prefab master. Did his magic for Tech Built. His non-TB work was also amazing


I second the Carl Koch nomination and add that the work that he did for Lustron would have been great had the company not gone out of business.

His Acorn house was amazing too! It folded for shipment.

Someone should revive the techbuilt house.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:01 pm

someone already did in name and concept

http://www.techbuilt.com/

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Postby SDR » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:38 pm

Thanks for these -- I'm waiting til later to contribute something, after seeing who's left !

Thanks to Josquin for the Aaron Green office site (top of page). I had missed this (there is an A Green thread, elsewhere on the board(s ?).
Some great stuff, here -- the Anderson residence, Rancho Palos Verdes (no dates are given, following Green's own house in Los Altos) is shown via many good b+w photos; hard to believe any American architect has done better than this. . .

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Postby Joe » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:33 am

the Aaron Green house, listed on his site ruined by fire, is one of my favorite. If you haven't seen the plan, it's prety cool with an atrium, designed for a narrow city lot.

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of course, his work for Eichler was quite inspiring too. I just wish the San Mateo project could have been built. LUV the hillside plans!

http://www.eichlernetwork.com/ENStry23.html

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:36 am

There is an Aaron Green house not far from the FLW house on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto. I never managed to find the plan or photos, but it looked pretty cool from the road.

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Postby SDR » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:09 pm

I had completely missed the latter half of the first page of this thread. The Wright in Wisconsin pages linkd by Josquin are a source of much pleasure.

The Aaron Green house Joe mentions is the one that was on Kings Road, not far Schindler's. This clears up the question, previously discussed, of why this Green design couldn't be found by architectural pilgrims, there. . .

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Postby SDR » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:16 pm

[Yeah -- what's up with "editing" ?]

Wright in Wisconsin: http://www.wrightinwisconsin.org/Wright ... efault.asp

Green in West Hollywood: Reif house.

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Green house in Hollywood

Postby Josquin » Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:06 pm

The Green house that was destroyed by fire in Hollywood is covered in "The House Beautiful Treasury of Contemporary American Homes", By Joseph Barry, published in 1958 by Hawthorne Books, Inc. Publishers. The dramatic color photos in the book are much better than the black & white photos on the Green site.

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Postby SDR » Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:50 pm

Somewhere I saw b+w photos and a plan of the Reif house -- the first Aaron Green plan I had seen (none to be found on the office site -- for obvious reasons ?). The house had a wonderfully strange "reflexive" play of movement, from the carport on the right of the entrance path, through the entrance, past bedrooms on left and kitchen on right, along a skylit planting area, finally arriving at the living space and open greenery beyond, all accomplished with angles right and left. . .truly organic, if that means flowing in a natural way and just. . .feeling right.

I will have to find this book. Thanks for the heads-up :cheers: :cheers:
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Reif House by Aaron Green

Postby Josquin » Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:17 pm

These pictures by Maynard Parker are from The House Beautiful Treasury of Contemporary Homes by Joseph Barry.
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Postby SDR » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:12 pm

Thanks, Josquin -- you're a peach. :clap:

If a picture's worth a thousand words, five color photos and a plan are priceless. . .!

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lesser known architects Carter Sparks & WR Yelland

Postby wryellandfan » Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:55 pm

:P I want to introduce you to two Northern California Architects,

Carter Sparks, worked out the Sacramento area doing modernism.

William Raymond Yelland, worked in the San Francisco Bay area. Did modernism but is best noted for "storybook style" or period revival homes from the 1920's and 1930's.

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Postby SDR » Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:13 pm

Thank you, Michael. I look forward to seeing work by Carter Sparks; Yelland is represented in the local architecture guide only by the Storybook work (mostly in Berkeley) and by a large and possibly late-Craftsman 1930 house in the (mostly 1910) Presidio Terrace compound -- from whence longtime residents Senator Feinstein and hubby have just relocated, to larger digs in Pacific Heights. . .

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Postby SDR » Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:43 am

Michael forwards the following newspaper clip, showing a Yelland modern design.

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There is also this LL thread http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... ht=yelland posted earlier this week by Michael (our long-suffering Yelland and Sparks fan) who reminds us that Carter Sparks was the architect of the (some ? all ?) Streng homes in the Sacramento area, as discussed in the following thread ("Search" reveals a couple of additional Streng discussions):

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... ght=streng

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Not always modern

Postby modfan » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:22 pm

And some of it is just 'tract' housing but there is so much of it:

Hiawatha T. Estes-of plan book and LA Times home mag. fame
Berry Berkus (esp his earlier works-'1968 Inner Space Series')
Earl G. Kaltenbach-architect and builder-mostly tract homes in Orange County
LC Majors/Development Coordinators
Frank Gonzalez & Assoc.
Richard Dorman (in Huntington Harbour in particular)
Paul Revere Williams-maybe not classified as 'lesser known'

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I forgot

Postby modfan » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:25 pm

Jean VanDeRuff-Cinderella Homes.

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Phil Anthony Homes in Downey and Arcadia, CA

Postby retrocool » Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:43 pm

Phil Anthony of Anthony Pools for a few years produced mid-century modern homes that came with an Anthony Pool. They also used radiant heating in the home and also the patio which looked out over a custom pool. Many of these homes were built in Downey and Arcadia. I was told that Anthony used a number of well know architects to help design the homes, but I am unaware of who they may have been.

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Postby classicsat » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:21 pm

Harris Armstrong, St Louis Mo.

http://remiss63.blogspot.com/

His MCM is of a bit differnt style that the "California" style, and what Andrew Raimist features on his blog and Flickr sets is mostly private commisions, rather than tracts like Eichler.

There is also the Lortondale Homes in Tulsa Ok, although they aren't that special, in the scheme of things.
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Postby hoodlam » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:18 am

i disagree wholeheartedly with your assement that the lortondale homes aren't all that special. They won several design awards and we are in the process of getting them on NHR.

with that i will say

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Postby hoodlam » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:21 am

Bill Ryan Tulsa Oklahoma
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Postby retrOKC » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:42 pm

classicsat wrote:
There is also the Lortondale Homes in Tulsa Ok, although they aren't that special, in the scheme of things.


Please explain why you feel that way?
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Re: Not always modern

Postby Localguy » Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:51 pm

modfan wrote:And some of it is just 'tract' housing but there is so much of it:

Hiawatha T. Estes-of plan book and LA Times home mag. fame
Berry Berkus (esp his earlier works-'1968 Inner Space Series')
Earl G. Kaltenbach-architect and builder-mostly tract homes in Orange County
LC Majors/Development Coordinators
Frank Gonzalez & Assoc.
Richard Dorman (in Huntington Harbour in particular)
Paul Revere Williams-maybe not classified as 'lesser known'



I recently came across an old blurb in a December 1956 LA Times which listed Kaltenbach as the architect of the Rossmoor homes in west Orange County.

These homes were built by Ross Cortese immediately following his association with Cliff May and Chris Choate on the Lakewood Ranchos (1953-4) and the Frematic Homes in Anaheim (1955-57). I thought May could have been involved because they definitely emply some typical May/Choate elements -- and Choate was indeed involved with some later more MCM-ish models in a later Rossmoor phase -- but the majority of the early Rossmoor models were far more "ginger-bready" (for lack of a better word) to be May.

Now I see they weren't. Anybody know anything more about Kaltenbach?
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Postby wwwench » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:11 pm

Joe wrote:Carl Koch, another prefab master. Did his magic for Tech Built. His non-TB work was also amazing


I think he developed Snake Hill Road in Belmont, MA, correct?

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Postby drsiebling » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:21 am

Thomas Scott Dean. He's a local Dallas boy who ended up as an architecture professor in Kansas. He designed quite a few Mid Century Modern homes in the Dallas area, one of which we are currently buying. He also published a book in the early 80s called "How to Solarize Your House" that goes into great detail regarding his construction practices for making a house easier to heat using nothing but the sun. Interesting guy, great architect and a real ecologist and conservationist! I feel honored to be buying one of his designs.

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Postby grh122 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:05 am

Houston architect Harwood Taylor did some spectacular work. His firm, Neuhaus and Taylor, eventually became the 3D/I, which is huge to say the least. Around here, any mod enthuisiast appreciates his work, both commercial and residential.

http://www.amazon.com/Booming-Houston-M ... 1424310407

Also see the house listed as 403 Westminster, it is a great place:
http://www.amazon.com/Booming-Houston-M ... 1424310407


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