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Eugene O'Neill House, Kuss Road, Danville, Contra Costa County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB80709
General Exterior View From West

HB80710
General Exterior View From West, Closeup

HB80711
Exterior View From Southeast Of East Verandah

HB80712
Driveway-turnaround, Looking Northeast

HB80713
Entrance To Courtyard, Looking East

HB80714
Courtyard, Looking North

HB80715
Courtyard, Looking West

HB80716
View From The House Balcony Toward The Old Barn, Looking Southwest

HB80717
Courtyard, Looking North

HB80718
Courtyard, Looking Northeast

HB80719
Courtyard, Looking East

HB80720
View Of Balcony Facing To The West, Looking East

HB80721
South Side Of The House Toward The Guestroom Window, Looking North

HB80722
Porch On Northeast Side Of House, Looking West

HB80723
Balcony And Roof Construction Detail Outside Eugene's Bedroom, Looking Northwest

HB80724
East Side Of House, Looking West

HB80725
Dining Room Addition, Looking West

HB80726
Northeast Corner Showing Kitchen/pantry Area, Looking South

HB80727
Maid's Room And Party Room, Looking East

HB80728
Guest Cottage, Looking North

HB80729
Guest Cottage, Looking South

HB80730
Guest Cottage, Looking West

HB80731
Garage, Looking Northeast

HB80732
Entry Way And Stairs To Second Floor, Looking West

HB80733
View Looking South Of Entrance Way

HB80734
Living Room, Looking Northwest

HB80735
Living Room, Looking South

HB80736
Living Room, Looking East

HB80737
Eugene's Study, Looking South

HB80738
Guest Room, Looking Northwest

HB80739
Rosie's Room, Looking East

HB80740
Rosie's Room, Looking South

HB80741
Dining Room, Looking North

HB80742
Dining Room, Looking East

HB80743
Dining Room, Looking South

HB80744
Eugene's Study, Looking Northwest

HB80745
Pantry, Looking South

HB80746
Pantry, Looking North

HB80747
Kitchen, Looking South

HB80748
Kitchen, Looking East

HB80749
View Of Hall At Top Of Stairs, Looking Southwest

HB80750
View Looking Down The Stairs From The Top, Taken Looking Northwest

HB80751
Carlotta's Bedroom, Looking East

HB80752
Carlotta's Bedroom, Looking West

HB80753
Carlotta's Dressing Room, Looking West

HB80754
Carlotta's Bathroom, Looking North

HB80755
Eugene's Bedroom, Looking East

HB80756
Eugene's Bedroom, Looking West

HB80757
Eugene's Bedroom, Looking Northwest

HB80758
Eugene's Bathroom, Looking Southwest

HB80759
Second Floor Dressing Room And Hall, Looking North

HB80760
Eugene's Study, Looking North

HB80761
Photocopy Of The Original Conception Of Tao House Drawn By Architect Frederick L

HB80762
Photocopy Of Photograph, 1937

HB80763
Photocopy Of Photograph

HB80764
View Looking Down On Property, Taken Looking Northeast

HB80765
The Pond, Looking North

HB80766
Historic Scene, Showing Pasture, Pond, Orchard, Barns And Residence, Looking North

HB80767
Historic Scene, Showing Pasture, Orchard, Barns And Residences, Looking Northwest

HB80768
Historic Scene, Showing Eugene's Brick Bench, Chicken Coop, Old Barn, Outbuildings, Etc

HB80769
Orchard, Looking East

HB80770
Orchard, Looking Southwest

HB80771
Entrance Road Pylons, Looking West

HB80772
Driveway Figure Neat Guest Cottage, Looking North

HB80773
Blemie's Grave, Looking West

HB80774
O'neill's Brick Bench, Looking Northwest


Data Pages


Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
Kuss Road, Danville%2Bvicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2078
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-199).
Building/structure dates: 1937 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1944 subsequent work
National Register Number: 71000137
Significance: House of playwright Eugene O'Neill until 1944. O'Neill played a central role in elevating the importance of theater as an artistic expression. Some of O'Neill's best work was written at this house. The Chinese motifs of the house were designed to convey O'Neill's concept of a serene Oriental existence. / Eugene O'Neill is held by many critics to be the central figure in the coming of age of American drama. O'Neill alone, among that generation of writers which included Hemingway and Lewis, succeeded in making of the American stage a vehicle of mature artistic expression. His was the achievement which ultimately proved the outstanding contribution toward a new dimension of realism and the attainment of great tragedy within the American theater, As one writer has observed: "Before O'Neill, the U.S. had theater; after O'Neill it had drama." During his peripatetic career, O'Neill inhabited a succession of houses. Tao house, however, has singular importance. Here the playwright did his final and some of his best work; and the seven years passed in this place constituted perhaps the longest period of relative happiness that O'Neill's stormy life knew. The house is an example of Spanish Colonial style. At Tao House, O'Neill wrote The Iceman Cometh (1939), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1943), and completed several plays -- including A Touch of the Poet and More Stately Mansions -- through which he hoped to portray the saga of an American family. Finally, O'Neill here wrote the autobiographical masterpiece, Long Days Journey Into Night -- "a tale of old sorrow, written in tears and blood," and possibly his greatest work.

Subjects
Theatrical Productions
L-plan Buildings
Houses


Related Names
O'Neill, Carlotta
Confer, Frederick
Corduroy Hills Joint Venture
O'Neill, Eugene
Reimers, Frederick
Simpson, Lloyd C.
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
McDonald, Melissa, Historian
Cox, Robert M., Historian
McCown, Susan, Historian
English, Fred, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL EXTERIOR VIEW FROM WEST
2. GENERAL EXTERIOR VIEW FROM WEST, CLOSEUP
3. EXTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST OF EAST VERANDAH
4. DRIVEWAY-TURNAROUND, LOOKING NORTHEAST
5. ENTRANCE TO COURTYARD, LOOKING EAST
6. COURTYARD, LOOKING NORTH
7. COURTYARD, LOOKING WEST
8. VIEW FROM THE HOUSE BALCONY TOWARD THE OLD BARN, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
9. COURTYARD, LOOKING NORTH
10. COURTYARD, LOOKING NORTHEAST
11. COURTYARD, LOOKING EAST
12. VIEW OF BALCONY FACING TO THE WEST, LOOKING EAST
13. SOUTH SIDE OF THE HOUSE TOWARD THE GUESTROOM WINDOW, LOOKING NORTH
14. PORCH ON NORTHEAST SIDE OF HOUSE, LOOKING WEST
15. BALCONY AND ROOF CONSTRUCTION DETAIL OUTSIDE EUGENE'S BEDROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
16. EAST SIDE OF HOUSE, LOOKING WEST
17. DINING ROOM ADDITION, LOOKING WEST
18. NORTHEAST CORNER SHOWING KITCHEN/PANTRY AREA, LOOKING SOUTH
19. MAID'S ROOM AND PARTY ROOM, LOOKING EAST
20. GUEST COTTAGE, LOOKING NORTH
21. GUEST COTTAGE, LOOKING SOUTH
22. GUEST COTTAGE, LOOKING WEST
23. GARAGE, LOOKING NORTHEAST
24. ENTRY WAY AND STAIRS TO SECOND FLOOR, LOOKING WEST
25. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH OF ENTRANCE WAY
26. LIVING ROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
27. LIVING ROOM, LOOKING SOUTH
28. LIVING ROOM, LOOKING EAST
29. EUGENE'S STUDY, LOOKING SOUTH
30. GUEST ROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
31. ROSIE's ROOM, LOOKING EAST
32. ROSIE'S ROOM, LOOKING SOUTH
33. DINING ROOM, LOOKING NORTH
34. DINING ROOM, LOOKING EAST
35. DINING ROOM, LOOKING SOUTH
36. EUGENE'S STUDY, LOOKING NORTHWEST
37. PANTRY, LOOKING SOUTH
38. PANTRY, LOOKING NORTH
39. KITCHEN, LOOKING SOUTH
40. KITCHEN, LOOKING EAST
41. VIEW OF HALL AT TOP OF STAIRS, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
42. VIEW LOOKING DOWN THE STAIRS FROM THE TOP, TAKEN LOOKING NORTHWEST
43. CARLOTTA'S BEDROOM, LOOKING EAST
44. CARLOTTA'S BEDROOM, LOOKING WEST
45. CARLOTTA'S DRESSING ROOM, LOOKING WEST
46. CARLOTTA'S BATHROOM, LOOKING NORTH
47. EUGENE'S BEDROOM, LOOKING EAST
48. EUGENE'S BEDROOM, LOOKING WEST
49. EUGENE'S BEDROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
50. EUGENE'S BATHROOM, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
51. SECOND FLOOR DRESSING ROOM AND HALL, LOOKING NORTH
52. EUGENE'S STUDY, LOOKING NORTH
53. Photocopy of the original conception of Tao House drawn by architect Frederick L. Confer and inscribed by Mrs. O'Neill to the builder, Lloyd C. Simpson. Dated 1937.
54. Photocopy of photograph, 1937. HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION
55. Photocopy of photograph. LIVING ROOM AT TIME OF O'NEILLS' RESIDENCE
56. VIEW LOOKING DOWN ON PROPERTY, TAKEN LOOKING NORTHEAST
57. THE POND, LOOKING NORTH
58. HISTORIC SCENE, SHOWING PASTURE, POND, ORCHARD, BARNS AND RESIDENCE, LOOKING NORTH
59. HISTORIC SCENE, SHOWING PASTURE, ORCHARD, BARNS AND RESIDENCES, LOOKING NORTHWEST
60. HISTORIC SCENE, SHOWING EUGENE'S BRICK BENCH, CHICKEN COOP, OLD BARN, OUTBUILDINGS, ETC. LOOKING NORTH
61. ORCHARD, LOOKING EAST
62. ORCHARD, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
63. ENTRANCE ROAD PYLONS, LOOKING WEST
64. DRIVEWAY FIGURE NEAT GUEST COTTAGE, LOOKING NORTH
65. BLEMIE'S GRAVE, LOOKING WEST. BLEMIE WAS THE O'NEILLS' PET DACHSUND
66. O'NEILL'S BRICK BENCH, LOOKING NORTHWEST


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