Monday, March 9, 2009
Richard Neutra in SF, part 1
Richard Neutra built five houses in San Francisco between 1935 and 1940. This is the first, the 1935 Largent House at 49 Hopkins St. at Burnett on Twin Peaks. It's also the most spectacular, though the Kahn House has equally stunning views.
These Neutra houses, particularly the Kahn House and the Schiff Duplex, are interesting as architectural works on their own, and thoroughly revolutionary in the context of both their setting and their time. I wonder, however, if Neutra ever imagined that his work would spawn legions of poorly-built imitations and bring down the blight of the thousands of "Irish Contractor Specials" upon districts like the Richmond and the Sunset...