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Harwell Hamilton Harris (1903-1990)

Harwell Hamilton Harris combined modernist floor plans and forms with vernacular-inspired wood craftsmanship inspired by his native southern California climate and landscape. His work was widely published throughout the country during the 1930s and 40s. In the late 40s, Harris taught at USC, and in 1951 left California to become the first director of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1962, he left Texas to teach at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He retired from teaching in 1975 but continued his architectural practice until 1990. His wife, Jean Murray Bangs, was a noted architectural writer and historian. - Ted Wells

Selected Works:


Birtcher Residence, (1942) Los Angeles

Modern horizontal lines softened with the use of wood

 

 

Havens Residence, (1941) Berkeley, California

Innovative use of inverted gables in this three-floor hillside residence

 

 

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Harwell Hamilton Harris by Lisa Germany, University of Texas Press, 1991

"The Second Generation" by Esther McCoy, Gibbs Smith, 1984

University of Texas

 
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