monterey bay modernism: SAVE...the Connell House by Richard Neutra (1958) from demolition
GOAL: (Monterey County Planning Department) Deny proposed demolition permit of the Connell House by Richard Neutra,1958 and (State of California Board of Historic Preservation) Nominate the Connell House as a state historic landmark.
Location: 1170 Signal Hill Road, Pebble Beach
!! URGENT VOICES NEEDED !!
URGENT...VOICES of SUPPORT needed (via email):
The State Historic Resources Commission will be hearing the nomination for Connell House (1958 Richard Neutra) this coming Tuesday, April 22nd at 9am (Asilomar's Kiln Room in Pacific Grove, CA).
We need individual and concise "sound bites" to stress that this house is historic and should remain part of the Monterey Peninsula architectural mid-century legacy and to the world of architecture at large.
Please include your title / credentials / etc... when you type your name at the end of the message. Far afield or close to home here on the Monterey Peninsula, all such emails will help!
Ask for your email to be added to the Commissioners' packets and most of all, email ASAP before end of week 04/20.
The email address to put in the "To" box is:
Carol Roland-Nawi, CSHP Officer:
with three vital cc's to:
Ms. Roland-Nawi's assistant: email@example.com
Jay Correia: Jay.Correia@parks.ca.gov
Amy Crain: Amy.Crain@parks.ca.gov
Thank you for your support!
URGENT: CONNELL HOUSE by Richard Nuetra - PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED.
WHAT: Monterey County Historic Resources Review Board Meeting (HRRB)
WHEN: This Thursday, October 3, at 11:30 am
WHERE: Monterey County Administration Building, 168 W. Alisal, Salinas, Ca 93901 in The Monterey Room, Side A, Room #2092.
WHY: We are being urged to speak out about the demolition permit being applied for by the current owner of the "Connell House" in Pebble Beach, designed in 1958 by world renowned modernist architect Richard Neutra.
PREVIOUS NEWS COVERAGE :
per latest public record document entitled, "RESPONSE AND REBUTTAL TO COMMENTS BY CIRCA: HISTORIC PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND BILL BERNSTEIN, AIA ON AN EVALUATION OF THE CONNELL HOUSE PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA" Prepared by Anthony Kirk, Ph. D.
"Conclusion The Connell house is unequivocally an important example of the American International style, perfectly illustrating this design aesthetic within the context of the development of modern architecture in Pebble Beach.18 Despite a small addition and various alterations to some of the fenestration, it retains historic integrity. In my opinion, the Connell house is eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources at the local level under Criterion 3."
Copy of letter from Dion Neutra to Monterey County - public record
"Dion Neutra, architect AIA, FISD (son of Richard Neutra) said in his response to Monterey County Senior Planner Robinson, “I am writing to you in regard to the proposed demolition of the Connell house, 1170 Signal Hill Road, Pebble Beach, designed in 1957 by my father, Richard Neutra. Our records show it completed in 1958.
I have read the evaluation of the house prepared by Anthony Kirk, Ph.D., dated October 15, 2010, and am in agreement with his conclusion that it is an important example of modernist architecture. I also think the house exemplifies my father’s approach to design, which focused on a client’s specific needs and the character of the building site. It is apparent from photographs and Dr. Kirk’s report that the Connell house was masterfully integrated into the sandy landscape of Signal Hill and that it was designed to take full advantage of the marvelous view of the Pacific coast and Cypress Point Golf course.
My opinion of the house is based not only on my knowledge of my father’s work, having worked with him on so many of our projects, but also on my own extensive experience as a licensed architect, which extends back more than half a century. It would be a great tragedy if the only authentic example of a house designed by Richard Neutra standing in Monterey County were to be demolished.
We are including this house in the first volume of a book I'm writing at the moment, called "The Neutras, Then and Later". If because of CEQA we manage to save this house for a more sympathetic use, it will become an example that there ARE tools out there to save important parts of our built heritage!
Very truly yours, Dion"
Under Planning, enter 'PLN100338' for permit number for complete information.
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recent photo documentation (via raymond neutra):
special note: google earth is incorrect for its location.
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