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The book reveals that both of the Hoovers were interested in Native American culture, and that Lou, in particular, was fascinated with the “primitive” architecture of the non-Western world, which she had studied during the years when she and Herbert had lived and worked in Asia and elsewhere. Primitive forms did not appeal to her for their exoticism, as was typical at that time, but for the virtues she found in them. The Hoover House is a remarkable example of the contribution of non-Western or indigenous architecture to the development of modernism.
|1||Lou Henry and Herbert Hoover||13|
|2||Creation of the house||22|
|3||What kind of architecture is it?||57|
|4||The Hoovers and indigenous architecture||69|
|5||The primitive and the modern||84|
|Stanford presidents who have lived in the house||93|