The Tent and the Cave

Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, Neutra

Richard Ingersoll 

The patronage of the Edgar J. Kaufmann, under the astute advice of their son Edgar, Jr., an architect and historian who trained with Frank Lloyd Wright, led to what are arguably the two most important domestic buildings in mid-20th century America: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Richard Neutra’s Palm Springs House. The two houses represent conceptual extremes that can be reduced to the two primordial types of the cave and the tent. In the American context these houses communicate a growing cultural distinction between the rootedness of the East coast versus the transience of the West coast…[+]

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