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Richard Neutra's Windshield House Paperback – November 1, 2001

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This book, published in connection with an exhibit at Harvard's Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, is the story of Windshield House, the first house built on the East Coast by Richard Neutra. The architect was well known for his California houses and played a major role in architecture's modernist movement as early as the 1920s. Commissioned by John Nicholas and Anne Brown (of Providence's Brown University family), the house, named after its use of many large windows, was completed on Fishers Island, NY, in 1938. It was severely damaged by a hurricane only weeks after its completion, reconstructed, and destroyed by fire in 1973. The handsome book contains eight color and 100 black-and-white photographs and drawings. While the story of a house and the owner-architect collaboration that designed it may be too specialized for many libraries, this one is a surprisingly interesting one. Recommended for all architectural collections of strength. Jay Schafer, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
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An elegant monograph…documents and illustrates what editor Dietrich Neumann calls 'a watershed building in Neutra's career. -- Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First printing edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300092032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300092035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book and reading about the history of this very ornate and unusual house. I had the honor of living at Windshield House on Fishers Island back in 1965 and 1966 and wish now I had a better understanding of the house and its history at that time. What a shame that it was destroyed by fire.
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An illuminating miniature on a legendary house that was almost destroyed by the New England hurricane of 1938 and succumbed to fire in 1973. It was NeutraÕs grandestÑand most unlikelyÑcommission: a summer house for a famous Rhode Island family on Fishers Island. John Nicholas Brown picked Neutra after seeing the MoMA exhibition on modern architecture that included the Lovell Health House. Neumann, a professor of architecture at Brown University, recently curated an exhibition on the house that may eventually be shown in LA. Meanwhile we can enjoy his entertaining account of how the patrician client and progressive architect corresponded and faced off, and the camel that resulted from the collaboration of this odd couple. (Michael Webb is the book reviewer for LA Architect magazine.)
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