Burns House
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Architect Charles Moore
Location Santa Monica Canyon, California
Date 1974   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System wood frame
Style Modern Neo-Vernacular




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Discussion Burns House Commentary

"The Burns House was designed for an urban planner...and he brought at least two specific requirements to it. The building should reflect the patterns and traditions of life in southern California, and it also had to house a fine baroque pipe organ of which the client is the fortunate owner.

"The result is a series of sheds and towers, not unlike Charles Moore's work some ten years earlier at the Sea Ranch, but here clothed in more regionally apposite stucco in many shades of ochre, orange, and mauve. The house is on the side of a steeply sloping canyon built on a platform that is barely 75 feet (23 meters) square. On the uphill side is the entrance; on the downhill side...the house opens to a terrace with a swimming pool and a view. Inside is a special room for the organ which can be closed off from the rest of the house with...sliding wooden doors...."

— Gerald Allen. Charles Moore. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1980. NA737.M65A84. p89.

Sources on Burns House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p86-87. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

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. interior photo showing pipe organ, p37. exterior overview photo , p37.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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