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Another Example of Mills' Work in Carmel

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The photos of this house hold up to SDR remark about the finesse of the execution in wood and the qualities that remind one of Hillmer. You can clearly see the marked difference in the latter additions or "improvements" to the house.
https://www.sothebyshomes.com/Monterey- ... l-CA-93923

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Post by Roderick Grant »

From worst to best: Haas to Farrar.
The Farrar is as close to perfection as any architect can hope to get.

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Post by Tom »

Just read that the Farrar house (they named it "Far Away") was demolished in 1990.

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Post by SDR »

Mark Mills, Phillip and Mary Farrar residence, "Copper Spine" -- Carmel, California, 1965-6


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Post by Tom »

It’s not Breuer
It’s Soleri
I did not know that Mills was a collaborator with Soleri - the Dome House - for example, until this thread.
If you didn’t know that, like me, then the appearance of the Farrar House would seem out of the blue and curious..
Soleri makes it understandable.
It makes the impressions in the concrete frame at Wild Bird understandable too.
Pure Soleri
Far A Way

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Post by Tom »

The Life Magazine article on Farrar seems well written.
I learned somethings from it.
Among these is Robinson Jeffers who, regrettably, I'd never heard of before.
Anyway, looks like he's the soul of Carmel:

http://www.torhouse.org

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Post by SDR »

And when you've absorbed that, check into the later career of Charles Greene, who left the brothers' Pasadena practice to settle in Carmel, in 1916; the first
great commission was for D L James, a stone house at cliff's edge, built the same year as Tor house.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sfphotocr ... otostream/

Randell Makinson's index (1977) does not contain the name Robinson Jeffers; interaction between the two men, if any, will be described by others. Makinson
writes that Greene's move north may have been "partially motivated by a desire to delve into the profundities of Buddhist philosophy." His intention was to write ...

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Post by Roderick Grant »

As architectural partnerships go, Mark Mills was to Paolo Soleri what William Gray Purcell was to George Grant Elmslie, what Henry Mather Greene was to Charles Sumner Greene. The former in each case was primarily focused on the entirety of the project, while the latter focused on the details.

The Mills-Soleri Dome House, which I believe was their only collaboration, does not necessarily prove this, but their subsequent accomplishments on their own strongly suggest that would have been their relationship, had they continued as partners.

Those happy collaborations were absent in the George Grant Elmslie - Louis Henry Sullivan partnership, in which neither was adept (where residential architecture was concerned) with the big picture, the overall logic of the plan, but were both focused on the rich details. Strip the elegant details from Babson, Bradley and (projects) Bradley #1 and Bennett, and you don't have much left.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Robinson Jeffers' theory of "Inhumanism" sounds interesting on the face of it, but he didn't apply the concept to justify his rejection of US involvement in WWII. The 'inhuman' response to attacks by Japan and Germany should have been exactly what the US did: dive in full-bore.

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Post by Tom »

Had no idea that Greene went to Carmel.
Very cool house.
Got a new area to pursue now.
Thank you very much.

...I know nothing about Jeffers beyond what I've been able to glimpse from The Tor House site and my Wiki search.
... I agree the US needed to be all in against the Axis Powers. Yet, my study, has led to the conclusion that Hiroshima
and Nagasaki were not humane decisions to reduce further casualties but brutal, obscene measures
whose primary purpose was to "speak" to the USSR.

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Post by Tom »

The wood roof at Farrar:
Only time I’ve seen anything else like that was the second floor construction at Suntop homes.
Can’t help but wonder how this was done and what was used to keep the weather out on top.

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Post by SDR »

I was going to look at photos of the Shell House, to see if I can learn how the roof was done there. The photo enlargements
have gone dark on the site, for me. The thumbnail images are present, but when hit to enlarge the result is a black rectangle.

Anyone else ?

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Post by Tom »

Me too, just tried the Cal Poly Archives site.
The thumbnails are there but only big black rectangle when clicked
too enlarge.

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Post by SDR »

If my copying and posting images from the Cal Poly site has disappointed the copyright owner(s), I wish they'd say something ...

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Post by SDR »

I'm not going to go through the motions of applying for permission. If anyone here thinks the images should be taken down, I will certainly comply.

http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-poli ... -copyright

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