Lovell Beach House, 1242 West Ocean Front, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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1242 West Ocean Front, Newport Beach, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1986
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-197).
Building/structure dates: 1926 initial construction
Structure is associated with the DeStijl Movement & Brutalist design.
Significance: The Lovell Beach House is generally considered one of the greatest works of pioneering modern architect, R.M. Schindler. It demonstrates an early use of concrete which predates and predicts the post-war Brutalist style, in which concrete is left unsurfaced, and structure is distinct from enclosure. / The Lovell Beach House, R.M. Schindler's most important building, dating from 1926, is a precursor of post-war Brutalist design. It is built of concrete. The house is lifted above its beach site and cradled in five concrete frames in the shape of figure 8's. These were poured in place. The enclosed areas were shop-fabricated and hoisted into position. The play of forms in the advancing and receding planes are related to the De Stijl movement begun in Holland in 1917.
Schindler, R. M.
Lovell, Philip M.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
2. WEST FACADE FROM NORTHWEST
3. THREE CENTRAL BAYS, WEST ELEVATION
4. CENTER BAY, WEST ELEVATION
5. ENTRANCE PLATFORM, NORTH (KITCHEN) STAIRS IN BACKGROUND
6. GENERAL VIEW, NORTH FACADE
7. NORTH ELEVATION, CLOSE VIEW
8. CLERESTORY, LIVING AREA
9. CLERESTORY, DINING AREA
10. DOORS AND BUILT-IN DRAWERS, BEDROOM
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