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Irving Gill (1870-1936)

Irving Gill introduced modern, spartan, yet romantic forms to California architecture. His work drew from the design heritage of North Africa, Spain, Mexico, and early California. His bold, geometric, plaster exteriors and his reliance on the California sun and plants to embellish and define his simple shapes were an early and rare demonstration of exterior architectural form being completed by its context. Though his floor plans were conservative, he experimented with innovative construction techniques and materials. His early work was widely published during his lifetime, and though admired during his career by fellow architects, he was little known after his death. - Ted Wells

Selected Works:


Dodge House, (1914) West Hollywood, California

Seminal work by the architect that was lost to the wrecking ball.

 

 

Morgan Residence, (1917) Los Angeles

Classic Gill geometry and massing.

 

 

Clarke Residence, (1919) Santa Fe Springs, Ca

Modified for public use but open for visits.

 

 

The SAH/SCC Connection:
"Irving Gill: Fundamental Truth" brochure by past SAH/SCC President, John Berley

Additional Resources :
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Irving J Gill Architect 1870 To 1936 by former Life Member Marvin Rand, Gibbs Smith, 2006

Irving Gill and the Architecture of Reform: A Study in Modernist Architectural Culture by Thomas S. Hines, Monacelli, 2000

San Diego Historical Society

 
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