• barbara lamprecht, m.arch., ph.d.

    more than a modern building historian
    equipping 20th century buildings for the 21st

TRAPPED BY MIDCENTURY MORES: Mary Roberts teaches Richard Neuta a Painful Life Lesson

There are lots of great stories about how a house came to be. Architect and client so very pleased at the handsome outcome. Beautiful photographs. Big smiles. And then there are the stories that haunt you.   One such project haunted its architect, Richard Neutra …yet looking at the house in question, you’d swear it … Continue reading

Jardinette Apartments, 1929, Richard Neutra with R.M. Schindler

The Jardinette Apartments, Richard Neutra with Rudolf Schindler, 1929, Hollywood. 

Intertwined Agendas: Comparing the Lovell houses, Schindler and Neutra

Notes for a Talk: Comparing the “Two Lovells,” Rudolf M. Schindler’s Lovell Beach House, Newport Beach, 1926; Richard J. Neutra’s Lovell Health House, Los Angeles, 1929.  A PORTRAIT OF INTERTWINED AGENDAS –  Transcending Style Both architects and both buildings attempt to transcend the constraints of “style,” and in that both support Adolf Loos’s famous dictum … Continue reading

Why It’s OK To Like Ornament, Or Why Ornament Matters

  Lamprecht Ornament chapter headings Lamprecht Ornament Part I Struggling With Ornament Lamprecht Ornament Part II Expanding on the Elusive Ornament Lamprecht Ornament Part III immorality and ornament, roast beef and sugar tongs Lamprecht Ornament Part IV ornament in the realm of environmental psychology

Ionic Perspectives: Neutra’s VDL Studio, a Dwell Video

Ionic Perspectives: Neutra’s VDL Studio, a Dwell Video


Born January 1, 1928 and raised in Houston, John Arthur Blanton graduated from Rice University, earning a B.A. in 1948 and a B.S. in architecture in 1949. He worked his way up in Richard Neutra’s practice from apprentice to “collaborator,” becoming one of the master’s trusted lead project architects in the so-called “Golden Era” of … Continue reading

Neutra’s Emerson Junior High School: Reconceiving Education

Statement of Significance Emerson Junior High School Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School in Westwood, Los Angeles, is significant as one of America’s leading examples of 1930s Modernism in the International Style. Funded during the height of the Great Depression by the Public Work Administration (PWA) under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and largely completed by the … Continue reading