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Lovell Beach House, 1242 West Ocean Front, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB90308
General View From Southwest

HB90309
West Facade From Northwest

HB90310
Three Central Bays, West Elevation

HB90311
Center Bay, West Elevation

HB90312
Entrance Platform, North (kitchen) Stairs In Background

HB90313
General View, North Facade

HB90314
North Elevation, Close View

HB90315
Clerestory, Living Area

HB90316
Clerestory, Dining Area

HB90317
Doors And Built-in Drawers, Bedroom


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Item Title


Location
1242 West Ocean Front, Newport Beach, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
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.

Subjects
Houses
Domestic Life


Related Names
Schindler, R. M.
Lovell, Philip M.
Lovell, Leah


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
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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