CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 |
The architect dubbed his house "El Paradiso," and an early news report noted one reason why. "At last," a Times headline from 1964 read, "a house for people who hate to paint." Renowned L.A. architect Raphael Soriano broke new ground with his decision to use aluminum and glass instead of wood, plaster and stucco. Now Soriano's aluminum house has been declared a Historic-Cultural Monument by the city's Cultural Heritage Commission.
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2010 |
The personal residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million in the Hollywood Hills. The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. Features include original fixtures, hardwood walls and built-in cabinetry. The studio includes a fireplace, bedroom and bathroom for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the property.
February 19, 1989
What misbegotten muse, I wondered could have driven Austrian architect Wolf Prix to come up with his unearthly junk pile pictured in the story "Dramatic Dwelling That Says 'I Love L.A.' " (by Leon Whiteson, Feb. 5). The answer came in the telling of how Prix shuts his eyes--"literally"--and begins scribbling out his phantasmagoric concoctions with the nerve-fraying blare of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles filling his Vienna workplace.
October 16, 2009 |
"Visual Acoustics" is nominally about the life and career of landmark Southern California architectural photographer Julius Shulman, but it's more about the buildings he photographed than it is about him. Which is probably the way he'd like it. Not that Shulman, who died in July at age 98, was any kind of shrinking violet. Quite the contrary. As revealed in this respectful documentary by Eric Bricker, Shulman could be cantankerous and never hesitated to speak his mind. When actress Kelly Lynch tells him "You are a rock star," he takes it all in stride.
March 29, 2007
Re "Where Modernism hit a brick wall," Opinion, March 24 Nathan Glazer's article touches on a deep social and psychological rift mirrored in the split between Modernism and traditional styles in contemporary architecture. Modernism, and the culture it represents, offers excitement but precious little reassurance or sense of community. In fact, Modernism's decline from an ideology dedicated to making a more just and populist society -- becoming the frenzy of stylistic maneuvers we see in today's avant-garde designers -- underscores a failure to redefine the entire notion of community in contemporary culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1997
The glass and aluminum of architect Raphael Soriano's El Paradiso reflect yesterday's vision of tomorrow. As one of the Modernists who shaped the look of postwar Los Angeles, Soriano helped pioneer the use of metal and glass over wood and stucco in home construction. Now, Soriano's El Paradiso--built on Studio City's Dona Cecilia Drive in 1964--is about to be added to the city's list of historic and cultural monuments.