the carl droppers house

berea, ohio

Located at 345 Prospect Road, Berea, Ohio, the building is in a residential area adjacent to Wallace Lake located within the Cleveland Metroparks. The building is approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Cleveland and approximately one mile from the city of Berea. The house was designed in the early 1960’s by architect Carl Droppers and was constructed in 1965. The house is an excellent example of the International Style of Modern Architecture, constructed of steel and glass. Significant features of the building include steel I-beam columns, 4’x8’ rough openings with glass panels on all 4 elevations, flat roof, and a cantilevered second floor with the living areas overlooking the lake and Metroparks to the east. The house is set back from the street, embracing the woods and lake, and it is in its original location. There has been very little modification from the original design, both exterior and interior; therefore, the Carl Droppers House is in excellent condition and retains all aspects of historic integrity.

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southridge house

palm springs, california

Southridge is one of the most exclusive and historic estates in Palm Springs. Development on the steep hill began in the early 1960s. Its spectacular site overlooking the Coachella Valley spurred designers like John Lautner to create the area’s most dramatic properties: the legendary Bob Hope and Arthur Elrod houses. William F. Cody and Hugh Kaptur also designed homes there and the community attracted stars like Steve McQueen and William Holden. This home, originally designed by the local team of Patten & Wild is one of the first homes to be built in Southridge. It is a simple California ranch style with a hip roof and concrete shingles. Original breeze-blocks still wrap around the lower level, where the architect has created her studio. The house has been gutted internally and the floor plan has been reworked, removing a clumsy lower-level addition that detracted from the home’s outlook, re-siting pool equipment, and returning the property to its minimal design. The house embraces the landscape, blurring the boundaries of interior and exterior, with the exterior being equally important. “The best design goes unnoticed…the eye carries beyond the house.” The home had interiors more suited to Beverly Hills than the desert, so beige marble was removed in favor of poured terrazzo. A previously secluded kitchen now opens to the tremendous views. Bathrooms feature original vintage tile and are updated with new fittings and Dornbracht hardware that matches the Crane originals. The neutral color palette throughout provides a soft backdrop for classic midcentury furniture by Eames, Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe. Outside the landscape has also been reworked and simplified with desert plantings.