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January 22, 2011 | By Sean Mitchell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Of more than 100 houses that Ray Kappe designed over his long and distinguished career, the one he designed for himself and his family in Los Angeles' Rustic Canyon is the most important. "Maybe the greatest house in Southern California," Stephen Kanner, the former president of American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter, said in a 2008 interview. Indeed, that year, when the Home section polled architects, historians, academics and critics on Southern California's best houses of all time, the 1967 Kappe residence ranked No. 8, just behind Chemosphere by John Lautner and the Gamble House by Charles and Henry Greene.
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BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Cantilevered rooms, glass walls and wooden beams give this Pacific Palisades retreat the feel of a tree house. The Modernist home, on a wooded lot in Rustic Canyon, has been restored and immaculately maintained. Location: 730 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $4.25 million Year built: 1974 Architect: Ray Kappe House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 10,863 square feet Features: Living room fireplace, breakfast area, library/study, media room, bonus room, service entrance, decks, heated swimming pool, spa. About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
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MAGAZINE
February 12, 1989 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, Sam Hall Kaplan is The Times' design critic.
THE PRE-EMINENT VIEW in Manhattan Beach is the broad stretch of sand, the sublime Pacific and, of course, the season's newest swimsuits. But attracting more than a glimpse these days is a striking structure recently completed at 16th Street and owned by Lou and Jay Scheimer, who wanted to locate their weekend house in this comfortable community. (Lou Scheimer heads Filmation, which produces children's programs.
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
July 5, 2007 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
WOOD-BLOCK models, drawings and notes for 200 Modern buildings and projects completed over half a century have taken over four rooms of Ray Kappe's Pacific Palisades house. But in a few weeks, moving vans will transport the architect's life's work a few miles away to its permanent new home: the antiquities-rich Getty Center.
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
December 9, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Stephen Kanner, who died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer at age 54, was something of an outlier among architects of his generation for the sheer volume and range of his output. The son and grandson of Los Angeles architects, Kanner moved with near-inevitability into the family business and in his 30s was designing the kinds of projects that most architects these days don't land until they are nearing 60 ? or even 70. With his colleagues in Kanner Architects, which he began running in his early 40s after the 1998 death of his father, he produced expansive private houses, condominium projects, courthouses, guest cottages, rec centers, affordable-housing developments, retail outlets and even a gas station.
NEWS
August 29, 1987 | Sam Hall Kaplan, Kaplan also writes for The Times' Real Estate section.
"What we wanted, of course, was the building to metaphorically express its function," architect Ray Kappe said. He was referring to the Santa Monica bus administration facility he designed a few years ago with Rex Lotery and Dean Nota. And, indeed, when glimpsed from the 5th Street exit of the Santa Monica Freeway, the streamlined, two-story steel-coated structure with its curved corners and horizontal fins looks very much like a large bus, sleek and on the move.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
In the early to mid-20th century, L.A. gave birth to some of the most progressive and successful architecture to date, residential works in particular, from giants such as Greene and Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra. Los Angeles-based architect Ray Kappe's work extends this tradition. Kappe has designed about 100 homes around the city in materials that include concrete and steel.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Cantilevered rooms, glass walls and wooden beams give this Pacific Palisades retreat the feel of a tree house. The Modernist home, on a wooded lot in Rustic Canyon, has been restored and immaculately maintained. Location: 730 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $4.25 million Year built: 1974 Architect: Ray Kappe House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 10,863 square feet Features: Living room fireplace, breakfast area, library/study, media room, bonus room, service entrance, decks, heated swimming pool, spa. About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
HOME & GARDEN
January 22, 2011 | By Sean Mitchell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Of more than 100 houses that Ray Kappe designed over his long and distinguished career, the one he designed for himself and his family in Los Angeles' Rustic Canyon is the most important. "Maybe the greatest house in Southern California," Stephen Kanner, the former president of American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter, said in a 2008 interview. Indeed, that year, when the Home section polled architects, historians, academics and critics on Southern California's best houses of all time, the 1967 Kappe residence ranked No. 8, just behind Chemosphere by John Lautner and the Gamble House by Charles and Henry Greene.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Stephen Kanner, who died earlier this year of pancreatic cancer at age 54, was something of an outlier among architects of his generation for the sheer volume and range of his output. The son and grandson of Los Angeles architects, Kanner moved with near-inevitability into the family business and in his 30s was designing the kinds of projects that most architects these days don't land until they are nearing 60 ? or even 70. With his colleagues in Kanner Architects, which he began running in his early 40s after the 1998 death of his father, he produced expansive private houses, condominium projects, courthouses, guest cottages, rec centers, affordable-housing developments, retail outlets and even a gas station.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
A sculpted steel-and-glass home, designed with the curved lines of an ocean liner, sits on the Strand in Manhattan Beach, steps from the beach and an ocean view that extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu. The house, owned by Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, who co-created the cartoons "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," was designed in 1988 by Ray Kappe, architect and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2009 | Valli Herman
Shielded from its Brentwood street by a shrubbery screen is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 886, the Gould-LaFetra House. The three-story, glass-and-wood home, which received its designation from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, is the latest "sensitive restoration" project of film producer Michael LaFetra -- a sort of one-man architectural preservation society who has purchased and restored a dozen or so homes.
HOME & GARDEN
July 5, 2007 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
WOOD-BLOCK models, drawings and notes for 200 Modern buildings and projects completed over half a century have taken over four rooms of Ray Kappe's Pacific Palisades house. But in a few weeks, moving vans will transport the architect's life's work a few miles away to its permanent new home: the antiquities-rich Getty Center.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
In the early to mid-20th century, L.A. gave birth to some of the most progressive and successful architecture to date, residential works in particular, from giants such as Greene and Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra. Los Angeles-based architect Ray Kappe's work extends this tradition. Kappe has designed about 100 homes around the city in materials that include concrete and steel.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
A sculpted steel-and-glass home, designed with the curved lines of an ocean liner, sits on the Strand in Manhattan Beach, steps from the beach and an ocean view that extends from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu. The house, owned by Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, who co-created the cartoons "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," was designed in 1988 by Ray Kappe, architect and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2009 | Valli Herman
Shielded from its Brentwood street by a shrubbery screen is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 886, the Gould-LaFetra House. The three-story, glass-and-wood home, which received its designation from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, is the latest "sensitive restoration" project of film producer Michael LaFetra -- a sort of one-man architectural preservation society who has purchased and restored a dozen or so homes.
MAGAZINE
February 12, 1989 | SAM HALL KAPLAN, Sam Hall Kaplan is The Times' design critic.
THE PRE-EMINENT VIEW in Manhattan Beach is the broad stretch of sand, the sublime Pacific and, of course, the season's newest swimsuits. But attracting more than a glimpse these days is a striking structure recently completed at 16th Street and owned by Lou and Jay Scheimer, who wanted to locate their weekend house in this comfortable community. (Lou Scheimer heads Filmation, which produces children's programs.
NEWS
August 29, 1987 | Sam Hall Kaplan, Kaplan also writes for The Times' Real Estate section.
"What we wanted, of course, was the building to metaphorically express its function," architect Ray Kappe said. He was referring to the Santa Monica bus administration facility he designed a few years ago with Rex Lotery and Dean Nota. And, indeed, when glimpsed from the 5th Street exit of the Santa Monica Freeway, the streamlined, two-story steel-coated structure with its curved corners and horizontal fins looks very much like a large bus, sleek and on the move.
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