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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:16 pm    Post subject: Neutra on the market Reply with quote

The Kambara House (1960) is on the market for the first time ever for $2.3M. Located just west of VDL in the so-called Neutra Colony, it is not included in Thomas Hines' book on Neutra. I suppose there is an entry in the complete works book. It's a very handsome house, and, frankly, not a bad price for that neighborhood.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooohhh... Aaahhh...

http://crosbydoe.com/address/780/The-Kambara-Residence-1960
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bigger pics: http://www.dailyhomedecorideas.com/decor-ideas/the-kambara-residence-richard-neutra/

Is the suspended staircase unusual for Neutra ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not at all. He even used it at his own VDL house in Silverlake:
http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VDL_studio_staircase.jpg


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neutra used a suspended stair in his own house. See Hines, pg 297. But I don't think it was very common.

Kambara is very cool. I'm not all that gaga over Neutra in general, but I do like that house.
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rod hit it on the nose ...
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Craig



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://kambararesidence.com
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peterm



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neutra at his finest... And one of the finest locations and views in Los Angeles. With water at such a premium, to be able to look at the reservoir everyday must be the greatest luxury imaginable.

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loo tee



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a relief to see the clean simplicity of a good Neutra house after looking at that awful and heavy-handed house in Ann Arbor pretending to be Wrightian! Why even bother with such crude imitations--or, rather, burlesques--of Wright's work?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

loo tee, I was just admiring the Gunning House restoration, and thinking of how far superior the stone work is on that modest house as compared to the overwrought house in Ann Arbor, which is an example of a client with too much money and not enough education in the art of architecture or of FLW. Even though it's fundamentally an OK design, the detailing is overdone and the stone work is busy.
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loo tee



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Rod, for drawing my attention to the Gunning House. It looks like a beauty, especially with that low profile on one elevation.

As to the discussion of getting an exact list of surviving Wright buildings, it seems to me that the Conservancy since its inception has failed, instead, to consider which buildings are most worth saving, which desirable to save, and which to let make it on their own or simply disappear. In other words, conoisseurship should play a much greater role.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree with that assessment. Since its inception, FLWBC has saved Auldbrass, G/W (more than once), Arnold Friedman to name a few, as well as playing a part in saving David Wright and the Coonley Stables. The only buildings to have been lost are W. S. Carr (a minor vacation cottage demolished without any notice), the ABSH in Gary, IN (a wreck which was torched by an arsonist), the Jaguar/Mercedes Showroom (beyond anyone's control, rent ruling all decisions in NY) and the Sullivan House in MS (lost to Katrina, not a major work, likely not FLW at all). One Conservancy member bought, restored and sold the Coonley Gardener's Cottage on her own. Considering that they run on a shoestring, their accomplishments are extraordinary.

They tend to work mostly behind the scenes. I know they are trying to make progress on another minor work, the Geo. W. Smith House in OP, and they are aware of the trouble one half of Coonley is in. They need more support, which in these days of tight pursestrings is hard to come by.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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it seems to me that the Conservancy since its inception has failed, instead, to consider which buildings are most worth saving, which desirable to save, and which to let make it on their own or simply disappear. In other words, conoisseurship should play a much greater role.


Are you suggesting that the FLWBC's role and mission to advocate for the preservation (which means in many cases continued use or sometimes adaptive reuse) of ALL of the built work of Frank Lloyd Wright is somehow flawed by the breadth of its scope?

The FLWBC has on occasion taken title of a Wright property temporarily to ensure it can pass to a preservation minded owner, but it is by no means a permanent owner of any properties. All Wright properties are left to "make it on their own" as you say already. Fallingwater depends on revenue generated by tourism and retail sales; houses of worship such as Unity Temple and Beth Shalom are reliant upon the financial support of their respective congregations and tourism revenue; a corporate site like SCJohnson Wax depends on the health of its parent company; Wright homes for rental such as Petersen and Penfield require the rental revenue by their guests and the effort and support of their owners; the fully private residences, from the lavish to the modest, are solely dependent on the considerable effort and financial infusion of their owners.

All built Wright work is worth conserving as each reveal different facets of Wright's intellect and artistry: the Della Walker house shows Wright with a unique and spectacular site; the Darwin Martin or Robie houses show Wright with a nearly unlimited budget creating a complete work of art; Unity Temple, his search for a place of worship that shed all historical precedent; even the most humble Usonian house shows Wright making a sincere effort to create a middle class house on a tight budget that upholds his ideals. All have something to teach. To cherry pick the "masterpieces" as worth saving while leaving the others behind is to push aside significant portions of Wright's life's work.
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