Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970

Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970

by Thomas S. Hines
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Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970 by Thomas S. Hines

An authoritative survey of the masters of twentieth-century modernist architecture in Los Angeles. This revisionist study explores the history of modernist architecture in Greater Los Angeles from the early twentieth century to the 1970s, focusing on both its regional and international contexts. Thomas Hines critically analyzes the concepts of modernism and regionalism and begins his exploration by contrasting the turn-of-the-century Craftsman work of Charles and Henry Greene with the rationalist modernism of their contemporary Irving Gill and the expressionist modernism of Frank Lloyd Wright and his son Lloyd Wright. The book re-interprets the modernist variations of Wright’s disciple Rudolph Schindler and the International Style of his contemporary Richard Neutra, as well as of their followers: Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, and Harwell Harris. The minimalist Case Study House program is contrasted with the sensuous modernism of John Lautner and with the large-scale modernism of William Pereira and Welton Becket. Hines ends the book in the early 1970s, as modernism began to confront the challenge of the post-modernist critique. A personal epilogue reflects on the author’s exploration of Los Angeles modernism from the late 1960s to 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847833207
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 756
Product dimensions: 10.32(w) x 11.00(h) x 2.35(d)

About the Author

Thomas S. Hines is Professor Emeritus of History and Architecture at UCLA, where he teaches cultural, urban, and architectural history. His books include Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform and Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture. Hines has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and Getty fellowships. In 1994 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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This book is a must for all scholars and a resource that fills a glaring gap in southern California architectual and cultural history. Beyond that it is a book that places the works of Gill, the Wrights, Schindler, Neutra.and others in the context of this unique place and time where their contributions are seen in the historic prism of their influence on the development of Los Angeles Modern Style. In no other place in the world did we have such an experimental breeding ground for these giants. Thankfully most of these works survive and we are grateful that this beautiful volume has made it possible for people all over the world to enjoy this architectural and historic miracle.