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Ranch style still has allure

November 24, 2005

RE "A Fixer Turned Fabulous" [Nov. 17]: I have tried for years to increase the understanding and appreciation of ranch-style homes, and your article illustrates many important features that are often overlooked.

Of course, ranch-style homes are on no one's wish list. Your description as a "dirty old mutt from the pound" fits most people's opinion. The featured home nicely demonstrates two important truisms -- that the ranch is a Modern design, and that people who are attracted to honesty will logically find peace there.

While the all-white interior is a bit out of fashion, the house beautifully exemplifies the Modern leaning of the original architect and provides a spectacular backdrop for the owner's art, which is obviously the centerpiece of his home. It is presumptuous to say the home was salvaged; it obviously had a lot right from the start. My point: For those with enough imagination, the ranch offers substantial possibilities.

DONALD TSCHIRHART

South Pasadena

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