Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Harris, Harwell H., Architect (firm); Harwell Hamilton Harris (architect)

Dates: constructed 1946-1948

2 stories

1964 Rancho Drive
Ojai, CA 93023

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Architect Harwell Hamilton Harris (1903-1990) designed the Clarence H. Wyle House at a time when he and his wife, Jean Murray Bangs (d. 1986) were researching the work of the Pasadena architects Greene and Greene. The influence of the Greene's "ultimate bungalows" can be seen in the shallowly-pitched gabled roofs, the exposed structural members, and the frank use of wood. Harris, Bangs, and others including their friend Henry L. Eggers and photographer Cole Weston also participated in the renovation of the Greene's reputation, which had been in eclipse since World War I.

The main house's plan had an extensive cruciform arrangement, strongly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's 1930s work. In addition to the main residence, Harris designed a two other free-standing buildings, a detached garage/shop/caretaker's cottage and a separate guest house. The guest house and the main dwelling were linked by a paved sidewalk, part of which was covered.

PCAD id: 11050