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Modern Patrons: Ellwood in Brentwood
SAHSCC Talk / Tour
Saturday, May 13, 2006

On Saturday, May 13th, from 2PM to 4PM, the Modern Patrons program will continue, this time in Brentwood with a visit to the 1962 Craig Ellwood Rosen residence. The event is $15 and open to SAH/SCC Life and Patron members (the program will only be available to the general membership in the event there is space available). See the order form on the back page. Space is limited.

The Rosen House in Mandeville Canyon appeared on the cover of David Gebhard and Robert Winters seminal A Guide to Architecture in Southern California (1965) published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This is an exclusive and rare opportunity to visit a remarkable example of modern architecture, in a most sublime setting, executed by one of the foremost Case Study House architects at the height of his career.

In "2G: The International Architecture Review" published by Editorial Gustavo Gili in 1999, Alfonso Perez-Mendez writes: Craig Ellwood was originally born John Burke in Clarenden, Texas, in 1922 and first came to California when he was five. At 17 he arrived in Los Angeles and landed a series of side jobs acting in Hollywood, after the war. Responding to the great demand for housing, he partnered with three others to form a construction company named after a liquor store that was located in front of their offices-Lords & Ellwood, of which he soon adopted as his own name. Later he would join the builder Lamport, Cofer & Salzman working as a cost estimator and later a draftsman on the construction of the Case Study Program Eames house and Entenza house which would be his introduction to modern architecture and most importantly, John Entenza of Arts and Architecture magazine. The effect of the magazine and Ellwoods friendship with Entenza cannot be underestimated.

Our afternoon at the Rosen residence will be an opportunity to experience the house, learn a great deal more about Craig Ellwood firsthand, and share the perspective of the owner who knew the architect.

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