Article: Ray Kappe houses

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DavidC
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Article: Ray Kappe houses

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Kappes's rather tasteful work didn't have much sway with the Morphosis contingent.

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I went through Kappa house on a tour some years ago. I really wanted to buy a drawing but he growled at the idea of selling drawings as art pieces. I found his house amazing, but wondered at the use of so much glass in earthquake country. Hard to keep clean of spider webs too in all those nooks and crannies.

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I was quite late in discovering Kappe's work, including (in particular) his own house, which speaks to me as few others do. I'd like to see illustrations of all
his work; the Benton house is new for me this week.


Virtually all of the thousands and thousands of photos of modernist work were taken only after a thorough cleaning of glass; nothing could ruin an image of
such a building faster than noticeably unclean glass. And, that speaks to the task facing every owner of such properties, for the entirety of their occupancy !

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Roderick Grant
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Ray Kappe was a great architect and good company. The Miller House is beautiful.

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The ranch house---or its offspring, the Eichler---reconsidered ? The presence of brick, for wall and floor, necessarily evokes the Usonian, for me.

I can't believe the architect specified that retrograde pattern to the frosted glass facing the street; I'd ditch that at the first opportunity, if the house became mine. Otherwise---a delight.

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As is noted, the house had some work done after the Northridge earthquake of '94. I bet that frosted glass was part of it.

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