AKA: The Lake, Loleta, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Nelsen, Sabin and Varey, Architects (firm); Ibsen Andreas Nelsen (architect); Russell B. Sabin (architect); Gordon Bennett Varey (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Loleta, CA 95551

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Seattle architect Ibsen Nelsen (1919-2001) designed this house for the northwest painter, Morris Graves (1910-2001), in 1965-1967; it was located on a 150-acre parcel of land outside Loleta, CA, a small town, just south of Eureka, CA, in Humboldt County.

The Morris Graves Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to oversee the artist's estate, manages his last residence, which it makes available to select individuals for purposes of creative retreat and regeneration. The foundation's web site stated in 2016: ""From 1965 until his passing, Morris Graves established his home at 'the Lake' within an ancient 150-acre rainforest near the northern coast of California. The Lake is an exquisite, secluded, floating world of light and reflection, surrounded by aged trees, uninterrupted sky, and verdant, lush green. The home, studio, and garden environment he built is a place of solitude and peace, a place to rekindle one's heart, spirit, creativity." (See Morris Graves Foundation, Home, accessed 11/21/2016.)

PCAD id: 5349