Article: Sold - Richard Neutra's Tremaine House - Montecito, CA

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Article: Sold - Richard Neutra's Tremaine House - Montecito, CA

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That is one of best designs Neutra ever produced. Not enough has been published about it. It is so huge, and the published plan is so miniscule that it is hard to get a feeling for the place. All of the b/w photos herein are historic. The color photo showing the 4-car garage must be a new alteration; 2 of the servants' rooms were gutted to double the size of the garage, probably by the new owner.

SDR
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Re: Article: Sold - Richard Neutra's Tremaine House - Montecito, CA

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Three additional vintage photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/x-ray_del ... otostream/

But I couldn't find my favorite photo of the house; I had to go back to the first place I saw it, in MoMA's 1952 "Built in the USA: Post-war Architecture." Julius Shulman photo, the master bedroom:

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See far left:

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Guest bedroom:

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The MoMA book describes the material as concrete, "sandblasted or painted white," and buff sandstone.

Here's the plan found in the MoMA book:

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Another plan. The glass corners are not depicted in this drawing. On the MoMA plan there is a column at the corner of the guest bedroom (top of plan) that doesn't exist.

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Matt2
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Re: Article: Sold - Richard Neutra's Tremaine House - Montecito, CA

Post by Matt2 »

It looks fantastic and substantial....of concrete, right? But I do quibble with the way the walls of glass are handled with beams sitting on a head and glass stuff into the open areas. It's not a clean design. I'd rather see the headers buried in the ceiling plane.

SDR
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Re: Article: Sold - Richard Neutra's Tremaine House - Montecito, CA

Post by SDR »

This is an "honest" and matter-of-fact post-and-beam construction, with the refinement of monolithic casting of beams and slabs---as I see it. It's always a pleasure to see the masters reverting to the most basic of forms, elegantly deployed, for high-end projects.

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