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Wallace Neff and the Grand Houses of the Golden State Hardcover – November 17, 2005


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Dianne Kanner, a longtime resident of Southern California, is a freelance journalist who writes for a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. A docent for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, she is currently editing a history of Los Feliz.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (November 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580931634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580931632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Browning on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is well researched and his life presented well but the monograph is so skimpy on photos that you're left feeling like you just ate your appetizer and now you are being denied your filet mignon. His work is so stunningly detailed in person that only giving the reader a few black and white photos devoid of detail is jsut mean spirited. Very disappointing.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Living in the city where most of architect Wallace Neff's 'California homes for California people' exist, it is a pleasure to see a monograph on this gifted artist in print. Neff's homes remain grand and quintessentially California, referencing Spanish Revival in the most elegant sense. Driving the streets of Pasadena, San Marino, and Altadena, Neff's estates are an indelible mark on the landscape - tall, statuesque homes with carved columns and grand entry ways quietly guarded by his signature heavy wood and iron decorated doors. His homes, created in the 1930s for movie stars, moguls, and the wealthy, are mementoes of another era and their eloquence is untainted by the passage of time.

Yet equally as interesting as the numerous homes illustrated in this excellent book is the warm, scholarly, immensely readable text by Diane Kanner. Not only does she inform us about Neff's biography in novelistic fashion, but she also places Wallace Neff in the historical setting of California of his heyday. The writing is rich in the colorful history of the new frontier, the Eden where dreams like movies were made.

This is a fine book in every way, and the layout and design make for a coffee table book of California history that comfortably moves to the lap as a fascinating non-fiction novel! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bernard J. Marchuska on February 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
if you are looking for examples of the archictecture of wallace neff this is not the book to purchase. There are very few pictures of his architecture in this book, in fact the nicest picture in the book is the one on the front cover. The book is mostly about the man and what influenced his designs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nomad on June 22, 2008
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The book is well researched, but there are very few photos. For that reason I find it unsatisfying. In a book about an artist, a lack of visuals is a serious flaw.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wallace Neff is one of the quentisential California residential architects, he was a master of the Spanish Colonial, which is pure California. Neff is to Spanish Colonial what Paul Williams was to California Regency. This book is just perfect, the images are first rate and the text is highly informative and though scholarly it's also accessable. If you have any interest in this subject or just appreciate wonderful books then I believe you will be pleased, if you like me love architecture and appreciate great architects then you will be thrilled. This is the definitive book on Wallace Neff, thank you Ms. Kanner, job well done.
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