Craig Ellwood

Digital recording from The Architectural League's archives of leading figures in post-war modernism.

Mid-Century Masters
Recorded: October 22, 1987

California architect Craig Ellwood (1922-1992) lectured at The Architectural League in 1987 as part of a three-part series called “Three Modern Architects.” Known as much for his exuberant lifestyle as for his work — which included three Case Study Houses (No. 1953, 17, 18) — Ellwood was one of the most visible faces of California modernism. At the time of this lecture, which he claimed was his first in ten years, Ellwood was living in Italy and working as a painter and sculptor, although the lecture announcement indicated that he had “recently begun to practice architecture again,” more than a decade after having closed his firm.

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