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The craftsman
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)


Page 141


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
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II                                                               '4'
House on a
canyon lot
designed for
Miss Teats,
most typical
of Irving J.
Gill's architec-
tural form.


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