• barbara lamprecht, m.arch., ph.d.

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

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

LOST: RICHARD NEUTRA’S MID-CENTURY MODERN FENESTRATION by John Blanton

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

From Luckenwalde to Los Angeles: Neutra’s Forgotten Forest Cemetery

From Luckenwalde to Los Angeles: Neutra’s Forgotten Forest Cemetery Context: A symposium held by the Historical Society of Southern California at the Autry Museum, Saturday 2 April 2010 on Los Angeles 1919 to 1945,  addressed art, photography, music, literary culture, and architecture. One speaker was invited to address each arena. I contributed the presentation on architecture, and … Continue reading

At first glance, Modernism’s Stolid Soldier: Neutra and Alexander’s Los Angeles County Hall of Records

I had always considered the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, 1962, to be a soldierly but stolid example of mid-century Modernism. Reconsidering it through a visit and looking at correspondence was a revelation. In fact, this building, primarily famous for the technical prowess of its striking 120-foot-tall, south-facing aluminum louvers, is really a lesson … Continue reading

Orange Coast College: Neutra, Alexander, Eckbo

Orange Coast College’s original legacy campus, the world’s only  college campus designed by the powerful trio of master architect Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander with master landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, Eckbo, Royston and Williams, is proposed to be demolished. Neutra and Alexander were assisted by noted Orange County architect William Blurock, FAIA, among others. Here … Continue reading

“Untamed Orange”: Schuller, Neutra, and Semper at the Garden Grove Arboretum

Throughout the entire campus of the former Crystal Cathedral there is only one single note of color on a building. A large orange panel terminates the long length of glass on the east face of the former Garden Grove Community Church, the famous “drive-in” church designed by Richard Neutra (1892 – 1970) in 1960 and … Continue reading