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Wallace Neff and the Grand Houses of the Golden State

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Diane Kanner




Wallace Neff may have been the preeminent architect of Spanish colonial-revival houses in Southern California, but surprisingly little has been written about him, despite the publicity he received for designing great estates for Hollywood legends such as Mary Pickford. "I just build California houses for California people," this exceedingly private architect told friends and clients. In fact, Neff was an ambitious and inventive designer who was not only adept at manipulating traditional styles to please famous, wealthy clients like Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, and Darryl Zanuck; he was also a pioneer in low-cost housing and pneumatic building. The Bubble House, as his best-known Airform structure was fondly nicknamed, had a social vision as compelling as that of any modernist housing project.

Wallace Neff and the Grand Houses of the Golden State tells the life story of this significant architect, who was raised as Southern California aristocracy -- an heir to one of the founders of Rand McNally & Company -- and grew up to influence the course of architectural history in California. Illustrated throughout with lush black-and-white archival photographs that document Neff's family life and professional accomplishments, journalist Diane Kanner's compelling narrative offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of residential architecture in Southern California. The first comprehensive analysis of the life and work of this undiscovered master, it is sure to become a classic.

Pilar Viladas is the design editor of the New York Times Magazine.



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5つ星のうち 3.0 Where are the pictures?! 2007/1/6
投稿者 Jonathan Browning - (Amazon.com)
The book is well researched and his life presented well but the monograph is so skimpy on photos that you're left feeling like you just ate your appetizer and now you are being denied your filet mignon. His work is so stunningly detailed in person that only giving the reader a few black and white photos devoid of detail is jsut mean spirited. Very disappointing.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Text and Images Meld in a Beautiful Tribute to Wallace Neff 2005/12/27
投稿者 Grady Harp - (Amazon.com)
Living in the city where most of architect Wallace Neff's 'California homes for California people' exist, it is a pleasure to see a monograph on this gifted artist in print. Neff's homes remain grand and quintessentially California, referencing Spanish Revival in the most elegant sense. Driving the streets of Pasadena, San Marino, and Altadena, Neff's estates are an indelible mark on the landscape - tall, statuesque homes with carved columns and grand entry ways quietly guarded by his signature heavy wood and iron decorated doors. His homes, created in the 1930s for movie stars, moguls, and the wealthy, are mementoes of another era and their eloquence is untainted by the passage of time.

Yet equally as interesting as the numerous homes illustrated in this excellent book is the warm, scholarly, immensely readable text by Diane Kanner. Not only does she inform us about Neff's biography in novelistic fashion, but she also places Wallace Neff in the historical setting of California of his heyday. The writing is rich in the colorful history of the new frontier, the Eden where dreams like movies were made.

This is a fine book in every way, and the layout and design make for a coffee table book of California history that comfortably moves to the lap as a fascinating non-fiction novel! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
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5つ星のうち 3.0 I wish I had read all these reviews 2008/6/23
投稿者 Nomad - (Amazon.com)
The book is well researched, but there are very few photos. For that reason I find it unsatisfying. In a book about an artist, a lack of visuals is a serious flaw.
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5つ星のうち 2.0 wallace neff and the grand houses of the golden state 2008/2/15
投稿者 Bernard J. Marchuska - (Amazon.com)
if you are looking for examples of the archictecture of wallace neff this is not the book to purchase. There are very few pictures of his architecture in this book, in fact the nicest picture in the book is the one on the front cover. The book is mostly about the man and what influenced his designs.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 California Dreamin 2006/1/17
投稿者 Shannon Deason - (Amazon.com)
Wallace Neff is one of the quentisential California residential architects, he was a master of the Spanish Colonial, which is pure California. Neff is to Spanish Colonial what Paul Williams was to California Regency. This book is just perfect, the images are first rate and the text is highly informative and though scholarly it's also accessable. If you have any interest in this subject or just appreciate wonderful books then I believe you will be pleased, if you like me love architecture and appreciate great architects then you will be thrilled. This is the definitive book on Wallace Neff, thank you Ms. Kanner, job well done.
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