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Raphael Soriano (1904-1988)

Born in Rhodes, Raphael Soriano emigrated to the US in 1924. In the early 1930s he attended USC, then worked briefly for Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler. Fascinated with the possibilities steel could bring to modern architecture, Soriano became an early proponent of the material.

Strongly influenced by the International Style and the work of European architects, Soriano built dozens of modern homes in the Los Angeles area throughout the 30s, 40s and 50s. He was tapped by the Case Study House Program in 1950 for a home in Pacific Palisades. In 1953, Soriano moved to the Bay Area where he designed housing for the modern developer Joseph Eichler, and began experimenting with a new industrial material: aluminum. Shortly before his death, Soriano was appointed a Special Sessions Instructor at Cal Poly Pomona.

Selected Works:


Kimpson- Nixon, (1940) Long Beach

Soriano's purest International Style residence.

 

 

Schrage Residence, (1952) Los Angeles

With the feeling of a Case Study House, Soriano uses fiberglass to screen the home's presence to the street.

 

 

The SAH/SCC Connection:

"Raphael Soriano: Man of Steel" SAH/SCC Tour 2003

Buy Now at Powell's and a portion of the sales price goes to SAH/SCC. Click link below:

"Raphael Soriano" by SAH/SCC Member Wolfgang Wagener, Phaidon, 2002

Additional Resources :


"The Second Generation" by Esther McCoy, Peregrin Smith Books, 1984

 
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