Synopses & Reviews
Lisa Germany's biography of Harwell Hamilton Harris (1903-1990) details the work of an architect who successfully merged the ideals of modern and California regionalist architecture. Harris was a sculptor who changed careers when he saw Wright's Hollyhock House and realized that an architect could make sculpture on a monumental scale that both functioned as a home and moved in and out of nature. Germany traces the development of Harris's life and career, assessing his place in American modernism, in the development of regionalist architecture, and in the interpretation of a modern California lifestyle that would gain admirers throughout the world. Her discussion opens a window into the complexities of modernism in America during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
An engaging, definitive treatment of the life and work of a successful California architect of the mid-twentieth century whose designs achieved a pleasing blend of vernacular and modernist values.
"Harwell Harris would have been pleased with Lisa Germany's book. . . . The quality of the man permeates the work. It is honest, forthright architecture. It is void of tricks. It uses simple materials in an unself-conscious manner. It places priorities on the user. The emphasis on plan in his practice is the thread that takes us from project to project as Germany weaves the Harris tale."and#151;Ray Kappe, FAIA, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-245) and index.
About the Author
has written widely on American architecture for Architectural Record, The New York Times, Harvard Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture, House and Garden
and other journals.