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Calvin C. Straub & Donald C. Hensman (May 7, 1990) Part 1 of 250:00

This video documents an event that did not take place at SCI-Arc (possibly UCLA). The image is dark until a 23:39.
Shelly Kappe introduces Calvin C. Straub.

At 5:00 Straub describes his background, stressing the lack of opportunities to build, from the start of the Depression to the end of World War II, and the subsequent hunger for innovation and building. He disagrees with the idea that architectural modernism was a post-war development, arguing that balloon frame construction and Arts and Crafts design were long part of the landscape.

There is a break in the taping at 23:34.

Straub discusses a number of his projects, including:
•Milton Farstein residence, Pacific Palisades (1953)
•Straub’s own, hand-built, house, Altadena (1946)
•Saul Bass residence/Case Study House #20, Altadena (1958)
•D. Edwards Residence, Beverly Hills (1956)
•Frank Residence, Pasadena (1959)

Straub concludes with projects that demonstrate how his style changed when he moved to Arizona in the mid-1960s, abandoning wood in favor of “stone post & beam”.

At 35:06 Shelly Kappe introduces Don C. Hensman. The video ends at 36:02.

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