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August 15, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
When Alan Pullman first drove by the Raphael Soriano house, a small Modernist gem in the Alamitos Heights section of Long Beach, he turned to his wife, Stephanie, and said: "That's my house, I'm going to live in that house. " The sleek white split-level had horizontal ribbons of metal casement windows that ran along upper and lower floors. Even with the ground-floor curtains closed, Alan Pullman, an architect, could tell the design carried the line of sight past the front windows, into the living room and through to the backyard.
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August 15, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
When Alan Pullman first drove by the Raphael Soriano house, a small Modernist gem in the Alamitos Heights section of Long Beach, he turned to his wife, Stephanie, and said: "That's my house, I'm going to live in that house. " The sleek white split-level had horizontal ribbons of metal casement windows that ran along upper and lower floors. Even with the ground-floor curtains closed, Alan Pullman, an architect, could tell the design carried the line of sight past the front windows, into the living room and through to the backyard.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | DADE HAYES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
What makes an L.A. house an L.A. house? That question -- a more slippery one than it might appear -- is the driving force behind “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California,” an exhibition running through Friday at Cal Poly Pomona as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture series. The single-family house, of course, has always been more than just a building type for the architects, builders, promoters and mythmakers of Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
What makes an L.A. house an L.A. house? That question -- a more slippery one than it might appear -- is the driving force behind “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California,” an exhibition running through Friday at Cal Poly Pomona as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture series. The single-family house, of course, has always been more than just a building type for the architects, builders, promoters and mythmakers of Los Angeles.
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
BOOKS
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.
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"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.
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | DADE HAYES
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.
REAL ESTATE
October 15, 1989 | LEON WHITESON
Here is a list of the 24 Case Study Houses that were built and the architects who built them. Many of the architects who designed Case Study Houses are dead, including some of the more famous, such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Quincy Jones and Raphael Soriano. A dozen are still living, and several are still in practice, including Pierre Koenig in Brentwood and Ed Killingsworth in Long Beach.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years. When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and installed red flocked wallpaper. From that moody place, she moved on to a sunnier, beachy vibe with seaside blue and green accents. The bungalow may be small, but De Vargas said the size does not limit her. It is, in fact, what has empowered her to change designs over and over again.
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