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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Aaron Green declared not a "master architect"... Reply with quote

...in 2012 by Belvedere, CA Preservation Committee.

Roy and Orchid Eldred House (1963) to be demolished and replaced with a contemporary, 7,233-square-foot house with a five-car auto court and carport.

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170902/belvedere-house-in-historic-status-debate
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple more photos here:

http://www.agaarchitects.com/pages/residential/single_family/res_eldred.html

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Money. It's all about money. Any entity that has money to gain from a redevelopment should not be allowed to weigh in on the merits of the preservation of the original structure. But remember, this is the same place the Ludekens House is located, and you know what happened to that!

Hanging onto these modest masterpieces built on real estate that has become prime will be very difficult to do in the long run. There's too much money at stake. One of the requirements, it seems, to becoming very wealthy in this country is to be without taste.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes he said that
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... by which you mean...?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"one of the requirements, it seems, to becoming wealthy in this country is to be without taste"

Does that bring someone in particular to mind?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, Mark Cuban didn't occur to me.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd never seen this house before.
It's perfect.
Wild Bird, Ludekens, now Eldred plus who knows what else.

Very painful
Makes me sick.

...and you know what it's replacement is going to be:
despotic and gargantuan,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

follow up:
http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170907/belvedere-preservation-board-says-aaron-green-house-not-historic
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason the Eldred House doesn't deserve protection is, apparently, largely due to its "dilapidated condition." Does that mean the fact that Taliesin has been dilapidated for most of its existence should disqualify it for consideration?

As stated before, it's all about money. Property tax on the replacement house and car court will greatly exceed the current rate.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please see my very next post regarding the Eldred Residence.

Apparently, as a new user, I must have 1 post before I can post URLs and links...therefore, here is post #1
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am inserting links to the Agenda and Staff Report for this Monday evening's City Council meeting--where and when the fate of the Eldred Residence will likely be determined.

Agenda: http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=1625

Staff Report: http://www.cityofbelvedere.org/DocumentCenter/View/3545

All of the material submitted to date can be found buried in one document or another--with the notable exception of the 2012 Historic Resource Evaluation which concluded that the house was potentially eligible for listing upon the California Register of Historic Places.

One needs to read the replacement "report"--the Historic Resource Evaluation of August 29, 2017--the link to which can be found within the Agenda.

If the spirit moves and one feels so compelled, then please write to the Belvedere City Council and share what's on your mind--all letters in support of preservation for the Eldred Residence are urgently needed--and greatly appreciated.

One can email their sentiments to these three addresses that follow:

Rebecca Markwick, the Belvedere Planner in charge of the proposed project:
rmarkwick@cityofbelvedere.org

Copy to the Planning Director, Irene Borba:
iborba@cityofbelvedere.org

Also should copy the City Clerk, Alison Foulis, as well:
afoulis@cityofbelvedere.org

Ideally, all correspondence should reach the City of Belvedere prior to the closing of their offices on Monday, September 11, at 4:30 pm. The City Council hearing will be at 6:30 pm.

Thanks to everyone for your concern--and if you can at all, then please support the cause to save this Aaron Green-designed gem from the wrecking ball. Let your voice(s) be heard.

It's a sad irony that the fate of the Eldred Residence is being decided at the very time a publication of the life and work of Aaron Green has been printed and scheduled for release on October 1. The Eldred Residence is featured in this new book, written by Randolph Henning, Architect, as one of the significant works from Aaron Green's sixty year long professional career.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My letter (email) to the three City of Belvedere officials noted by dbrarch:

Heading: 1 Belvedere Avenue

Dear [Irene Borba]

The referenced property, currently under review by your department, is included in an important book to be released on October 1, covering the
work of locally-significant and world-renowned architect Aaron Green. The book, written by architect Randolph Henning, is the long-awaited
monograph of Mr Green's body of work. Significantly, Green was the only one of Frank Lloyd Wright's many apprentices and colleagues to be offered
a partnership by Mr Wright. It is well known, of course, that Aaron Green completed the Marin County Civic Center after Wright's death; Green's
office in San Francisco served as Mr Wright's West Coast office during the last decade of Wright's career.

https://www.amazon.com/Aaron-G-Green-Organic-Architecture/dp/1939621372

To lose one of Mr Green's finest mid-career houses, at this late date, would be seen as a blotch on the record of Belvedere's preservation of significant
architectural holdings. One recalls the uproar in 2002 when a significant Richard Neutra residence was demolished in Rancho Mirage. I hope the
Department will look favorably upon those seeking to deny the current owners a demolition permit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/21/magazine/style-a-destruction-site.html

Thank you kindly for your consideration.

[name and address]
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ms Borba replies that my letter will be forwarded to the City Council.


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