Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's
Eugene Ray 1970's. photo credit: Tom Davis

Thursday, February 5, 2015

LETTER #6 TO PROF. STOCK / tulane university, new orleans

+DEAR FRANCINE+
>nola history was my source<
+COSMIC VISION+
>of genetic memory essence<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+DELORD SARPY HOUSE+
>the second de lord sappy house was<
>still standing >near lee circle in nola<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ TULANE SUMMER 1952)+
>when i entered tulane in summer 52<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+MARGUERITE FOUCHER+
>had sold the first delord sarpy house<
>to armond du plantier for lafayette's<
>gift from the u.s. government and<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+>/ FOUCHER / de GRUY+
>then she moved to paris as did all<
>of the >foucher de circe family<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
+(SYNCHRONISTICALLY+
>marianne and i stayed in a >paris hotel<
>near the opera w/ a foucher chocolate<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ FOUCHER IN FRANCE)+
>shop on the boulevard a block away)< 
 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >the original de lord sarpy house was built<
>in 1765 and purchased by joseph foucher<
+GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ WEST INDIES HOUSES+
>(married to marguerite carriere) in 1787/<
>this is my >favorite nola plantation type<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >another early louisiana archetype i have studied<
>with much enthusiasm (thanks to samuel wilson<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY+
+/ NOLA MAYAN TEMPLE)+
>great nola historian) is this type of maya linked<
>"temple"(example once on the gruy plantation)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >domed housing was important to my >master<
>plan for an alternative community in jacumba<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY /+
+ / FERRO CEMENT SHELL)+
>california in the early 1970s featuring much<
>economy technology, such as ferro cement<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >a favorite california solar heated residence<
>design was this archetype created for one<
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+ / PASSIVE SOLAR HEAT+
>of my finest students…four greenhouses<
>transfer heat to conc "radiance" towers<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>this asymmetrical residential plan for a<
>rugged california site displays my best<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+ / CALIFORNIA VILLAS)+
>approach in california villas…getting<
>away from greek / classic symmetry<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  
                                      
 >another example of >asymmetrical residence<
>design is this california villa for the oldest of<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+ROEBLING BROS VILLAS)+
>the >roebling brothers situated on a rugged<
>bolder strewn site near temecula california<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                     
>a strength of this residence elevation design<
+FIRST ROUND CONCEPT 1963+
>is its rounded >cosmic conscious simplicity<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>the most >cosmic conscious of my louisiana<
>residential designs was this seligman house<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY+
+/ SELIGMAN RESIDENCE)+
>constructed on the bogue falaya river…the<
>wife died tragically & >katrina a final blow<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>elevation of the solar heated california villa<
>has some of the cosmic conscious quality<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+/ SOLAR TOWER VILLA)+
>featured in the seligman house…and an<
>added >virtue of passive solar heating<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
 >sales office for >monte vedra, alabama<
+MONTE VEDRA ALA+
>new town< for german rocket scientists<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >thanks to my former lsu classmate professor<
>max conrad, now head of the lsu landscape<
+(GOOGLE : EUGENE RAY+
+> / MONTE VEDRA, ALA)+
>dept i designed a community in huntsville<
>alabama for govt-german rocket scientists<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                
 >it is valuable to compare this early ala. villa<
+MONTE VEDRA ALA+
>plan w/ the later cosmic conscious versions<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >this villa design made in louisiana for the<
>monte vedra alabama rocket scientists is<
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+>/ MONTE VEDRA, ALA)+
> progenitor for the later california villas<
>that became more round / transcendent<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+TRANSITION TO CALIFORNIA+
+UNIVERSITY TEACHING WAS+
>(intuition told me the next<
>step was to be>california)<
+VISIONARY >ESSENCE KEY+
+TO COSMIC >ORIENTATION+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray , mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu

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