The Most Beautiful Box: Neutra’s Taylor House, Mies, and the “effect beyond four walls”

©barbaralamprecht2011 The text below is based on a talk I gave on Saturday June 11, 2011, for the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, at Richard Neutra’s Maurice and Marceil Taylor House, 1964, in Glendale, California. It was a beautiful day. The full-height glass walls on the north were thrown open so the 40-odd people … Continue reading

Responding to Rem: Is preservation really a creeping disease?

I’ve been intrigued by the recent attacks on preservation, initially by Rem Koolhaus/OMA’s exhibition Cronocaos at the New Museum in New York, which closed June 6th; the title, presumably, grafting chronos, time, to chaos. Many articles and blogs posted responses to this provocative exhibition, but the NYT op-ed piece by Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Death by Nostalgia … Continue reading

The Colors of Neutra

The quartet of small houses Richard Neutra designed in 1922 are located on Onkel Tom Strasse in Zehlendorf, a quiet, leafy, well-to-do Berlin suburb. Known as the Adolf Sommerfeld Residences, they were named after the rather eccentric developer who built them. (Sommerfeld proposed, and Neutra drew, a giant revolving turntable with three partitions, containing, for … Continue reading

Mills Act 2010: Calvin Straub’s Mello House, 1957, Pasadena

In 2010, I had the privilege of writing the successful nomination for listing the Mello House, 1957, in the National Register of Historic Places. I was then asked by the owner to apply for the Mills Act, as the family trust wished to sell the home with permanent safeguards. Under a Mills Act contract, the … Continue reading

“Where Frontier and Avant Garde Converge: Neutra, Wright, and Bakersfield”

Open through Sunday, March 6th, the exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art focuses on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra from the 1930s to the 1960s. These include Wright’s Ablin House, 1961, and Neutra’s built and unbuilt projects in Bakersfield, including the unbuilt but beautifully rendered Falcon Flyer Country Club from … Continue reading

visiting Neutra’s VDL Research II with Globe Trekkers

The British program on global adventures tours Los Angeles Modernism