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November 24, 2005
RE "The Once and Future Ranch" [Oct. 20]: My brother sent me a copy of the article. I live in the Chicago area, my brother in Redondo Beach. As kids, we lived in a Cliff May ranch house, which our parents commissioned in 1948 (it sits on two lots, at the corner of Via La Selva and Via Las Vegas in Palos Verdes Estates, and was featured in "Western Ranch Houses" by Cliff May). It combined both an L and U shape. All living space was directed to the back, as you point out was typical. The house did indeed turn its back on the street, which gave us perfect privacy.
November 19, 1989
In 1957, the small Owens Valley town of Bishop, 280 miles north of Los Angeles, was no less remote than today. Its first housing tract was completed that year. It featured ranch-style houses designed by the late Cliff May. Our family bought a new one with three bedrooms and two bathrooms for $16,300. The tract, typically financed by the Veterans Administration, was named "Westridge Manor." (Some dubbed it "Mortgage Manor.") So great was the demand, the tract sold out before the houses were completed.
He didn't set out to erect a new landmark on the Westside. In fact, those who know him say that rocket scientist-turned financial wizard Dennis A. Tito is not the flamboyant type. But there it is, a 30,000-square-foot mansion alone on a hilltop in Pacific Palisades that overlooks, well, just about everything, from Santa Monica Bay to the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains. Even among local residents somewhat used to seeing mega-homes being built by the rich and famous, the place turns heads.
November 17, 2005
RE "The Once and Future Ranch" [Oct. 20]: The reason Joseph Eichler and Cliff May houses sold so well was because they were marvelous to be in and very moderately priced. I went through an Eichler house in Palo Alto recently that was in pristine shape. The home was as open and fresh today as it was when it was first built. Historical roots had little to do with it; the house was totally subservient to its design quality and price. Because the U.S. population has never had any design education, and rather than looking into what a house feels like to live in, people fall for every "new" style they think represents status, i.e. Tudor, McCastle, etc. SYD BROWN Los Osos, Calif.
August 26, 2004
When I first saw today's Home section ("Prefab Becomes Ab Fab," Aug. 19), I thought you were doing a story on the hurricane damage in Florida. Dave Close Costa Mesa I was surprised, in your fascinating article on prefab homes, to find no mention of another famous California architect, Cliff May, who also ventured into the design of prefab homes in the 1950s. We had one of his contemporary-style ranch houses put together for us in 1954, and we still own it. It featured lots of glass, including glazed gable ends, for feeling outdoors while indoors.
October 4, 2007 | Lisa Boone
With his 97th birthday arriving Wednesday, Julius Shulman remains the quintessential L.A. photographer. His pictures of residences by visionaries such as Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Pierre Koenig have become iconic images of California modernism. Now an exhibition organized by the Getty Research Institute is opening Saturday at the Central Library, featuring 150 images spanning 70 years in the photographer's career. "Shulman's Los Angeles," running through Jan.
February 14, 2008
12. A protege of California ranch architect Cliff May, William F. Cody made his reputation as a desert modernist with low-slung residences, country clubs and public buildings. His brick-and-boulder structures sport triangular wings, jutting roof lines and window walls that maximize Palm Springs' mountain vistas. Cody's 1947 Del Marcos Hotel is a model of preservation. Now his 1952 L'Horizon, built as a retreat for oil magnate Jack Wrather and his wife, actress Bonita Granville, has been reborn as the Horizon Hotel.
August 29, 2009 | Lisa Boone
Los Angeles-based architectural photographer Maynard L. Parker captured postwar suburban homes designed by noted architects such as Paul Williams, Richard Neutra and Cliff May for Architectural Digest, Sunset and more. Now, Parker's archive of nearly 58,000 photographs, negatives and other materials -- donated to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in 1996 -- is accessible through the Huntington's website using the keywords "Maynard Parker." About 6,000 of the photographer's images have been uploaded to the database so far. Archivists will continue digitizing the collection with the goal of making them all electronically available.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The John Arnholt Smith Hacienda, with its classic walled courtyard design, an olive orchard and an aviary, sits on what was once part of an early ranch. Handcrafted masonry, heavy timbers and wide corridors evoke the look of the California missions. Location: 760 Via Miguel, La Habra Heights 90631 Asking price: $3 million Year built: 1936 Architect: Cliff May House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,664 square feet Lot size: 2.4 acres Features: Library/study, wine cellar, breakfast area, service entrance, detached four-car garage, lawn, gardens, patios, swimming pool, mountain, city and ocean views About the area: Last year, 554 single-family homes sold in the 90631 ZIP Code at a median price of $425,000, according to DataQuick.
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