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Architect Richard Meier
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Location Harbor Springs, Michigan   map
Date 1973   timeline
Building Type house
Climate temperate
Context lakeside slope
Style Modern
Notes white massing rising from evergreens.


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"So steep is the slope to the water that the house appears to have been dropped into the site, a machine-crafted object that has landed in a natural world. The dramatic dialogue between the whiteness of the house and the primary blues and greens of the water, trees, and sky allows the house not only to assert its own presence but to enhance, by contrast, the beauty of its natural environment as well."

— Richard Meier. Richard Meier, Architect. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. p87.

The Creator's Words

"An ongoing conversation I have had with my children, Joseph and Ana, over the past year revolves around the question,'What is your favorite color?'...Then both of them turn to me and say, 'Daddy, what is your favorite color?' Every time we play this game, my response is the same: 'White.'

'But Daddy,' Joseph says, 'you can't choose white. White is not a color; white is not in the rainbow; you have to choose a color that is, like red or green or blue or yellow.' And I explain each time that I think white is the most wonderful color of all, because within it one can find every color of the rainbow."

— Richard Meier. from Richard Meier. Richard Meier: Architect 1964-1984. p.8.

Sources on Douglas House

Paul Heyer. American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-01328-0. LC 92-18415. NA2750.H48. exterior photo showing surrounding context, p91.

Richard Meier. Richard Meier: Architect 1964-1984. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0496-8. LC 83-42911. NA737.M44A4 1984. p8.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p198, interior, p197. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by a true master of architectural photography. Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Douglas House


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