I discovered the above article on Harris's Otto G. Hermle House in La Canada in the May 6, 1945 issue of the Los Angeles Times Home magazine purchased at a flea market last weekend. The project wasn't cited in Esther McCoy's Harris chapter in her groundbreaking 1984 book "The Second Generation" or the 1985 Harris University of Texas exhibition catalog below, or Germany's above Harris monograph, nor was it referenced in the exhaustive project list in the Harris Archives at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utaaa/00001/aaa-00001.html. The article, illustrated with three Fred Dapprich photos and a floor plan, suggests that the best of the prewar houses are what we can expect in tomorrow's post-war house, thus one could assume that the house was built just before the war began. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on the location of this house.
Many thanks to Nancy Sparrow, Curatorial Assistant at the Alexander Architectural Archive, Architecture and Planning Library, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin for identifying this house as the J. E. Powers Residence, La Canada, 1939. By the time of the article, the house had apparently come under the ownership of Otto G. Hermle. (e-mail from Nancy Sparrow to the author, June 28, 2012).
Julius Shulman cover photo of Gregory Ain's Hural House from my collection
1985 University of Texas Exhibition Catalog from my collection
The Hermle House shares many elements of his 1938 Greta Granstedt Residence seen above on the cover of his 1985 exhibition catalog which also includes a comprehensive essay by Germany. The Granstedt house at 7922 Woodrow Wilson Drive in the Hollywood Hills is coincidentally very close to Julius Shulman's 1950 Raphael Soriano-designed house at 7875 Woodrow Wilson Drive, City of L.A. Cultural Landmark No. 325, which was just listed for sale at $2.495 million.
1942 Revere Copper and Brass Corp. "Segmental House" brochure from my collection
Tomorrow's House by George Nelson and Henry Wright, Simon & Schuster from my collection
Harris was prominently featured in the 1945 "Tomorrow's House" (see above) which was a compilation of taste-meister George Nelson's best room-by-room features of "Modern" housing constructed to date, echoing the theme of the above Hermle House article. Fourteen photos of his work were included, significantly more than any other architect except Edward Durrell Stone who had fifteen. Included were his own 1935 Fellowship Park House in Los Angeles, the 1936 De Stiguer Residence in Pasadena, and 1935 Kershner House in Los Angeles with emphasis given to his sleekly designed interiors. Most of the national post-war compilations of modern houses, too numerous to mention here, and exhibitions at New York's Musem of Modern Art also contained work by Harris.
There is much yet to be learned and shared about Harris and it is my hope that this post will stimulate more research on his extremely interesting career. As always I encourage any comments, public or private, on this and any of my posts.