Bogey at Pebble Beach: Another Neutra House in the Rough

Newsletter, West
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Neutra's Connell House, Pebble Beach (Anthony Kirk)

While Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were busy fighting for supremacy at Pebble Beach last weekend, another important battle was taking place just down the street (unbeknownst to almost everyone). Richard Neutra’s 4,124 square foot Connell House (1958) in Pebble Beach is being slated for demolition in favor of a 12,000 square foot behemoth mega-mansion. The new home was proposed in December, and still needs several permissions for approval.

Author Barbara Lamprecht, author of Richard Neutra: Complete Works (Taschen), has written a letter to the Monterey County Planning Department urging it to save the “aesthetically compelling, spatially complex house,” with its “careful asymmetric composition of volumes and opposing opaque (stucco) and transparent (glass) planes.” She encourages others to contact the department as well. Think of it as a pro/am for architecture buffs.

3 Responses to “Bogey at Pebble Beach: Another Neutra House in the Rough”

  1. Michael Carradine says:

    Sam and Barbara,
    How about more compelling photos and drawings to prove the point and strenghten the outcry and resistance? 4’100 sf is huge, 12’000 sf is obscene!

  2. George Smart says:

    We have photos of the house and access to all the public documents at http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/neutra.htm. Scroll down to 1958.

    George Smart
    Executive Director
    Triangle Modernist Houses

  3. karen e lesney says:

    LOCAL CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE CONNELL HOUSE.
    we are a local community based organization of design professionals and historians curators whose collective goal is to preserve our monterey bay modernist past for future generations.

    we are called monterey bay modernism
    http://montereybaymodernism.blogspot.com/
    here you can find the following link: Petition / Facebook page / LinkedIn Group
    or if you just want to sign our petition to SAVE the CONNELL HOUSE, go here:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/monterey-bay-modernism-savethe-connell-house-by-richard-neutra-1958

    there was also a recent article describing our efforts here: Preservationists want P.B. ‘mid-century treasure’ saved.
    http://www.pineconearchive2.com/120309PCA.pdf

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