April 9, 1992 |
Here's an unusual way to celebrate the centennial of the birth of a creative genius: Get a wrecking ball and demolish one of his creations; then, open a joyful exhibition to praise him. Odd, yes. But, it's precisely the sequence of events at UCLA in its effort to mark the life of Richard Neutra (1892-1970), the Viennese-born, Los Angeles-based architect who ranks among the greatest International Style designers of the 20th Century.
July 28, 2013 |
If you stand on the corner of 4th and Spring streets in downtown, it's possible to view sections of at least 12 buildings designed by John Parkinson: the Los Angeles Theatre Center (formerly Security National Bank), the Title Insurance building and the city's first palatial hotel, the Spanish Renaissance-style Alexandria Hotel, to name a few. Oddly, the architect's name is not widely known, but his landmark structures - Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Bullocks Wilshire - have defined the city's skyline since the early 20th century.
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April 13, 1986 |
Dione Neutra is used to the world knocking on her front door. Her home on the eastern shore of the Silver Lake reservoir is a landmark of modernist design, a shrine to the international set and to her late husband, architect Richard Neutra, whose remains are buried in the backyard.
April 5, 1992 |
Spanish-style architecture was as hot as a tamale in 1928 Los Angeles. With its red-tile roofs and arched windows, the style satisfied the romantic vision newcomers expected of Southern California homes. So imagine the shock of neighbors and critics alike when, in that same year, a stark steel-and-glass spaceship of a house went up virtually overnight in the Hollywood Hills.
September 6, 1992 |
Events honoring architect Richard J. Neutra's 100th birthday are continuing at USC's Watt Hall with four remaining symposiums on Wednesday and Sept. 14, 21 and 28, held concurrently with the "Neutra Architecture--The View from the Inside," exhibit at the university's Helen Lindhurst galleries.
November 27, 2005 |
European actress Anna Sten and her husband, Eugene Frenke, had a whim in 1934 to hire Richard Neutra, once a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a home for them in Santa Monica Canyon. Neutra, who was on his way to becoming one of the most influential modern architects, was designing houses at the time in what is known as the International Style. The Sten-Frenke residence, with its hallmark flat roof and glass walls, exemplifies the style.
August 15, 2013 |
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.
July 30, 1992 |
Postmodernism began in architecture in the '70s, when it was decreed once and for all that modernism--with its flat-topped, rectangular compositions, resistance to ornamentation and brainy "strategies"--had worn out its welcome. Now it seems that postmodernism is having its own travails. What goes around comes home again. The restraint and focus of the moderns suddenly begins to look appealing after a period of fashionable pluralism. Take the case of Richard Neutra, who died in 1970.
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August 1, 2010 |
Max Lawrence, a successful meatpacker whose appreciation of midcentury modern design led him to co-found Architectural Pottery, an influential Los Angeles company that produced sculptural planters and urns coveted by collectors today, died of natural causes July 25 at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Damon. He was 98. Lawrence founded Architectural Pottery in 1950 with his wife, Rita, whose business and aesthetic savvy helped the company thrive for more than three decades. Showcasing the talents of potters such as David Cressey, John Follis and Rex Goode, they sold their creations to the vanguard of the modernist architecture movement that took root in Southern California in the post- World War II era. "Their role in establishing the unique look of midcentury California design can't be overstated.