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DavidC



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Article: USC's management of Freeman & Gamble Houses Reply with quote

What is USC doing to care for LA’s most important architecture?


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gamble House losing Ted Bosley is sad. He did a fantastic job running the place.

USC has demonstrated for over 30 years of mismangagement that it does not deserve to take on such responsibilities as Freeman, or (eventually) the Soucek House. I hope her will is ironclad!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.tclf.org/landscapes/king-residence

https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/03/buff-hensman-drive-yourself-house-tour-on-march-28.html

https://socalarchhistory.blogspot.com/2010/05/modern-patrons-richard-and-carole.html

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

unfortunately, the story of the freeman house is like watching a slow motion train wreck. It's hard to fault the University when they've been assured through the years that the recommendations given to them were in line with "contemporary restoration standards" when in fact the direction of the "restoration" was extremely flawed and misdirected. There was a reluctance to face up to many real and inescapable structural issues, as the prospect of addressing them properly was horrifying to those concentrating on the value of "historic fabric" at the expense of the building. Now we see the outcome. Ultimately if the building survives, it will exist as a complete rebuilding, which is what should have happened 20 years ago.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely! When "historic fabric" consists of concrete blocks, no matter how decorative they may be, replacing them with new ones should not be a problem.

I have always contended that unless the house was 'restored' to exactly what FLW designed, credit should be shared with the list of architects that had significant input over the years in altering it, Rudolph Schindler (living room furniture and cabinetry, lower level accommodation for Sam, apartment under the garage), Bob Clark (kitchen remodel) and John Lautner (living and bedroom corner windows altered from redwood framing to aluminum) + a nod to Sam and Harriett, who meddled themselves.

But it should be rebuilt, not as a representation of what was, but of what could have been if it had been constructed properly as FLW wanted it to be.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if that would be a first, in the conservation of historic architecture: a replacement entire, in situ, correcting errors and damage and other faults inherent or accruing to the original structure . . .

A salve to those who cherish original fabric: as many of the original block faces as are found sound would be incorporated---for instance ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In japan it happens all the time, and I think it will soon happen in San Francisco for a Neutra House.

Freeman is a problem in that much more of it could have been saved 20 years ago if they had taken the proper course of action. Each year that it lingers means less of it will be retained in the rebuild. Its sad that it has reached this stage, but a number of "experts" deluded themselves into essentially doing nothing.
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