HOUSE AT LANE RANCH

Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed 2005

The House at Lane Ranch is reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement which gained momentum at the end of the 19th Century. This movement and a similar one known as the”shingle style” continue to be popular even into the 21st century. These styles of architecture known for an organic and natural use of materials and hand-crafted joinery. The influence from traditional Japanese architecture is not insignificant. Honest and expressed post and beam construction, often skinned with shingled roofs and walls, is typical. Deep roof overhangs and are strained use of earth colored materials, stains and paints are also typical. The arts and crafts movement is considered to be one of the precursors of modern architecture and was founded in part by William Morris at his “Red House” in Kent England (1859). Other exemplars are Charles Renie Mackintosh of Glasgow, Scotland; The Green brothers, who were made famous by their Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California; Bernard Maybeck, Berkeley, California;Julia Morgan, Berkeley, California, and in some cases, Frank Lloyd Wright in his early work.This style of architecture was chosen by the architect for the Lane Ranch House for its contextual restraint and sympathetic use of materials in a mountain environment without the use of eclectic forms imposed on an organic and honest work

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