When you’ve only seen a house in photos taken 50 years ago, you’re not sure if you want to see it in its present-day condition. So, it’s a pleasant surprise to see the Daphne house looking kept up (if a little overgrown) and still looking like its original self.
Nicholas and Virginia Daphne commissioned Craig Ellwood to design their house in the late 50s after trying unsuccessfully to work with Frank Lloyd Wright on a house design. In 1953, Mr. Daphne had visited and admired Ellwood’s Case Study House No. 16.
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South Bay Bank, Manhattan Beach, CA – Designed by Craig Ellwood
Designed between 1955 – 56, this would be Ellwood’s first commercial project. This all steel structure consisted of eight inch wide flange columns with concrete blocks infilling. Construction of this earthquake-resistant bank took place between 1957 – 58. The metal grille is made up of standard-size aluminum bars. These were designed to interlock with each other, making welding unnecessary.
The bank adheres to Ellwood’s belief that industrial materials could be used for pleasing architectural design.
Here’s how it looks today: