"At a time when everyone was still building chateaux and manor houses, Ruth Carter Stevenson embraced the modern movement and brought something original to the city of Fort Worth,” said Lisa Germany, an architectural historian and author of a monograph on Harris. “It broke the mold of what wealthy clients wanted. It was extremely original.”These two losses are disturbing in themselves, and also force us to ask how better can we protect our modern legacy in the face of a rapacious marketplace. For what it's worth, to follow (and above) are a few photographs of the Carter Stevenson House, courtesy of Rachel Leibowitz.
....A California native, Harris built homes with strong geometries, modest materials, and a sensitivity to the natural world around them. As a young architect, he had worked for the modernist Richard Neutra, and was later a part of the circle of young modernists in Los Angeles who gravitated to John Entenza, publisher of the landmark magazine Arts & Architecture. But his greatest influence was Frank Lloyd Wright, whose presence is notably evident in the Carter Stevenson House, which was modeled on Wright’s landmark Hollyhock House, in Los Angeles.
A pinwheel of creamy brick, stucco, and redwood set along a ridge, the Carter Stevenson House somehow managed to be monumental and unpretentious. Inside, it was intimate and open, with low ceilings and corridors opening into atrium spaces that offered breath and natural light. The material palette was modest: peg board, cork, warm woods.