HOME & GARDEN
October 20, 2005 |
ITS low-slung frame sprawled across plains and valleys of a more open landscape. The single-story footprint didn't boast, or point skyward like the self-assured colonial or Victorian. It offered a comfortable relationship with the climate and surrounding flora, and a democratic, open floor plan; it didn't section off areas into servants quarters or announce visitors in grand foyers. It was modern without being Space Age, modest without being plain, evoking history without being mere nostalgia.
October 30, 1989
OK, California, drop those barbecue aprons to half-mast and pause a moment in memory of Cliff May (Obituaries, Oct. 20). Here was a man who made practical applications of the American spirit of the times after WWII. I lived in a Cliff May-inspired house in Long Beach and, except for a Wilson's infielder's glove I used during the summers of 1958-1962, it was the most elegantly form-fitting piece of construction I have ever occupied.
February 7, 1987 |
The Los Angeles Multiple Listing Service, in its typically terse style, described well the four-bedroom, four-bath house being offered through Coldwell, Banker real estate office in Brentwood: "Exciting custom Cliff May ranch on a cul-de-sac, up a private drive in Sullivan Canyon. House has a wonderful feeling of seclusion and privacy, nestled among the trees, high beamed ceilings, skylights, and great flow to patios thru sliding glass doors. Room for horses and small pool. . . ."
October 29, 1989 |
Southern California has had more than its share of architects and designers who have won worldwide attention--Charles and Henry Greene for their exquisite bungalows, R. M. Schindler and Richard Neutra for their modernist renditions, John Lautner for his singular visions, and, most recently, Frank Gehry for his constructivist exercises.
November 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — With the House and Senate back on Capitol Hill for the lame-duck session, preliminary negotiations aimed at keeping the country from careening off the "fiscal cliff" have begun in earnest. The macro issues — how to reduce federal spending and how to raise federal revenue — are getting the bulk of the attention. But buried away in the discussions are bread-and-butter questions that could affect millions of homeowners and buyers: •Will the biggest housing-related tax benefits — for mortgage interest, property taxes and home-sale capital gains exclusions — be on the chopping block in the coming six weeks?
October 20, 1989 |
Cliff May, who perfected the graceful yet informal single-story California ranch houses that today are home to thousands of Southern Californians and others around the world, died Wednesday. He was 81. His son, Mike, said his father had a brain tumor but chose to keep on working rather than enter a hospital. May died at his office studio in Brentwood.