Eugene Ray SDSU 1970's

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

WILTY RESIDENCE 1964 / craig ellwood in "california art & architecture"

+OUR RADIANT EPIPHANY #2+
>as i >wrote about the seligman residence<
>the witty residence was also an epiphany<
>reflecting cosmic consciousness / light in<
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+> / WILTY RESIDENCE)+
>the living room was vital for good health<
>(living room was in a >patio greenhouse)<
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+THE CALIFORNIA BUNGALOW+
>was important not just for economy, but<
>also because the increased window area<
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+CALIFORNIA BUNGALOW)+
>allowed in more health improving light<
>/read the book "health & light" for info<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  

+LIGHT & HEALTH+
>the vital research of john ott phd is an<
>essential read to >understand why the<
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+>> / LIGHT & HEALTH)+
>calif. bungalow< had >larger windows<
>& my residences had large glass walls<
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+THE >WILTY RESIDENCE+
>(the >living room< was<
>in a>green house patio)<
+HAD PLEXIGLASS ROOF+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 >as the photos of the >seligman residence<
>the 47 year prints are very small / approx<
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+>>>> / PHOTO MEDIA)+
>2 by 3 inches / so please forgive vintage<
>quality reproductions / >(are very rare)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                  
 +ENTRY "PIER / POND"
>after completing the seligman house in<
>covington i designed & constructed the<
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+> / WILTY RESIDENCE)+
>wilty residence in a new orleans suburb<
>(we took a >temporary house in gretna)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +PLEXI ROOF / AWNINGS+
>i installed >solar control awnings on<
>the >lateral tensile rods that could be<
+(ORANGE  AWNINGS+
+MADE A RADIANCE)+
>opened or closed w/ a cable & pulley<
>system / >(air conditioning also used)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+SLIDING PANELS / FIREPLACE+
>the >strength of the wilty residence< design<
>is an ability of all secondary rooms to open<
+(FOR A >PARTY THE HOUSE+
+CAN BE COMPLETLY OPEN)+
>directly to the living room patio / this photo<
>from the dining room >reveals the fireplace<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +LIVING PATIO / PLANTS+
>the floor of the patio living room is a<
>pea gravel finish slab / plants are also<
+(PLANTS >WHEN MATURE+
+BECOME VITAL ESSENCE)+
>important in a side space & watering<
>is a perforated pipe w/ faucet control<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +MARBLE STEPS / LANDSCAPING+
>i was able to get a commission for my LSU<
>friend's >bergen & friedrichs to design the<
+(AL BERGEN & CHRIS+
+FRIEDRICHS, / ASLA)+
>landscaping / earth mounding was a strong<
>element / >here we can see that in progress<
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+MEANWHILE+
>in los angeles a young self educated<
>talented designer changed his name<
>to become "craig ellwood" architect<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+1962-64 WAS ALSO VITAL >FOR+
+CRAIG ELLWOOD DESIGNS IN+
>(light also was vital to<
>his steel frame houses)<
+WEST LOS ANGELES / MALIBU+
+MASTER OF >MODERN VISION+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+INTENSE ARCHITECT / L.A.+
>craig ellwood's real name was johnny burke<
>even architects in hollywood could have the<
+(CRAIG ELLWOOD >DESERVED+
+FAME & GENEROUS FORTUNE)+
>name fit for a marquee / after his war service<
>he was ready to set the world on fire w/ fame<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+EYE FOR BEAUTY+
>craig ellwood was very talented and had a<
>passionate eye for beauty / he designed the<
+(POSTWAR LOS ANGELES+
+WAS  CRAIG ELLWOOD'S+
+LOCUS >"OF ETERNITY")+
>most >LIGHT< houses in los angeles after<
>the war and married 4 very beautiful ladies<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+NOTE+
>john lautner, gordon drake, richard neutra &<
>rudolf schindler etc were also excellent and<
+(GOOGLE :> EUGENE RAY /+
+SPHERE OF LIGHT (VIDEO)+
>lloyd wright/s >snowden house was special<
>but ellwood became the KING OF LIGHT<
>eames was important, but built very little)<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+HOLLYWOOD STARLETS+
>were in quantity after the war (thats marylyn<
>in the foreground) /  >craig ellwood inspired<
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+HOLLYWOOD MODERN)+
>many to share the >excitement of his passion<
> / his architecture was modern & very radiant<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +SANTA MONICA LIGHT+
>craig ellwood was smart enough to know<
>that his los angeles houses had to capture<
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+>> / RADIANT LIGHT)+
>the power of the regional light & he made<
>a brilliant >history of very radiant houses<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                                      
+LIGHT BOXES+
>was craig ellwoods forte. sadly he never broke<
>out of the box as buckminster fuller did via his<
+(GOOGLE :>> EUGENE RAY /+
+RADIANT ARCHITECTURE)+
>cosmic consciousness / in 1969 my work began<
>the >exploration of conical & spherical volume<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 +MALIBU LIGHT+
>craig ellwood published his modern work<
>like these modern malibu apartments in a<
+LIGHT STEEL STRUCTURE+
+was  >ELLWOOD'S TALENT+
>fine architectural magazine< titled "art &<
>architecture" / his work was the very best<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+ITALIAN MEMORIAL+
>after a radiant career in LA architecture<
>w/ his 4th wife in tow / >craig ellwood<
+(CRAIG ELLWOOD HAD+
+A >FINAL "BURN OUT")+
>went to italy to become a sculptor >fate<
>took his life in 1992 / (his dog in 1995)<
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+LLOYD & ILSA RUOCCO WERE+
+INSPIRED BY the  >FINE WORK+
>(please see that my work<
>in louisiana had its own<
>"style" (circle dynamic)<
+of CRAIG ELLWOOD & >THEY+
+HIRED ME TO TEACH @ SDSU+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>somehow i survive to write the history<
>of my life and work / >i am grateful to<
>the >ruoccos who hired me & ellwood<
+(CALIFORNIA MODERNS+
+HAD >NOT THE CIRCLE)+
>who w/ neutra, schindler etc created a<
>expansive >light filled radiant concept<
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
+CIRCLES WERE MY STRENGTH+
+WRIGHT & FULLER >WERE MY+
>(cosmic< consciousness<
>was my passionate fuel)<
+FRIENDS AS I >SET MY VISION<+
>(my Facebook page has<
>more >complete details)<
+OUR BLOG REVEALS DYNAMIC+
+w/ PROJECTS OF >BIOTRONICS<+
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
eugene ray, mfa, architect
professor emeritus, sdsu

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