Volume XXX, Number 2 (May 1916)
Gill, Irving J.
The home of the future: the new architecture of the West: small homes for a great country: number four, pp. 140-151 PDF (3.8 MB)
THE NEW ARCHITECTURE OF THE WEST enough o be a morn future generations t at. Such structure rightly be called hor not justly deserve n consideration of Western domestic architecture. If we, the archi- tects of the West, wish to do great and lasting work we must dare to be simple, must have the courage to fling earth? In California we have great wide plains, arched by blue skies that are fresh chapters as yet unwritten. We have noble mountains, lovely little hills and canyons waiting to hold the record of this generation's history, ideals, imagination, sense of romance and hon- esty. What monument will we who build, erect to the honor or shame of our age? The West has an opportunity unparalleled in the history of the world, for it is the newest white page turned for registration. The present builders have the advantage of all the wisdom and experience of the ages to aid them in poetically inscribing today's milestone in the progress of humanity. The West unfortunately has been and is building too hastily, carelessly and thoughtlessly. Houses are spring- ing up faster than mushrooms, for mushrooms silently prepare for a year and more before they finally raise their house above the ground in proof of what they have been designing so long and secretly. People pour out here as on the crest of a flood and remain where chance deposits them when the rush of waters subsides, building tem- porary shacks wherein they live for a brief period while looking about for more permanent anchorage. The surface of the ground is barely scraped away, in some cases but a few inches deep, just enough to allow builders to find a level, and a house is tossed together with little thought of beauty, and no thought of permanence, haste being the chief characteristic. The family of health- or fortune-seekers who comes out here generally expects to camp in these poor shacks for but a short time and plans to sell the shiftless affair to some other impa- tient newcomer. Perhaps such temporary proceedings are necessary in the settling of a new land; fortunately such structures cannot endure, will never last long ideals, i sense of. r aenh I II '4' House on a canyon lot designed for Miss Teats, most typical of Irving J. Gill's architec- tural form.