The Lovell Health House (1927–1929) by Richard Neutra for Dr. Phillip Lovell and his wife, Leah Lovell, was a turning point in modern architecture. The house not only carried out Phillip Lovell’s principles of healthy living, it also incorporated a school conducted along the progressive educational theories embraced by Leah Lovell. This article identifies the educational features in Neutra’s plan. Interviews with one of the last remaining students of the school shed light on the students and faculty and how the design served the school’s curriculum. Neutra’s innovative design accommodating the progressive educational program at the Lovell Health House belongs in any discussion of the later school designs for which he won lasting acclaim.
“House and Open-Air School in One”: Neutra’s 1927–29 Lovell Health House
Raymond Richard Neutra was born in Los Angeles sixteen years after his architect father, Richard J. Neutra, immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1923. Influenced by his father’s interest in the impact of the environment on health and welfare, he became a medical epidemiologist, teaching in universities and heading an environmental health research division in the California Department of Public Health. Upon his retirement he has become involved in architectural history and preservation.
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Raymond Richard Neutra; “House and Open-Air School in One”: Neutra’s 1927–29 Lovell Health House. Southern California Quarterly 7 May 2020; 102 (2): 143–157. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2020.102.2.143
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