Ray Kappe - NCMH Modernist Masters Gallery
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RAYMOND L. (RAY) KAPPE, FAIA (1927-)
Kappe was born in Minneapolis MN to Romanian immigrant parents who changed the family name from Kapelowitz to Kappe. In 1940, the family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended Emerson Middle School designed by Richard Neutra. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 then he worked as a draftsman on Eichler Homes for the admired Northern California firm Anshen+Allen. He then moved back to LA to work two years with Carl Maston.
Kappe went on his own in 1954, completing dozens of custom post-and-beam houses and winning many awards. By 1968 he was partner at Kahn Kappe Lotery Boccato. After serving as Founding Chairman of the Department of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, Kappe resigned in 1972 and started the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) which encourages learning through creative discourse and supports diversity of opinion within the framework of a common vision.
Unlike many design school startups, SCI-Arc succeeded, turned out over 3,200 graduates, and is considered one of the top architecture schools in the country. Kappe attributes its success in part to experience he gained working in his parents' store. "I knew how to keep books -- which most architects don't."
In 1978, his firm became Kappe Lotery Boccato. In 1985, he split off to form Kappe Architects Planners. Kappe received many individual awards including the 1987 Richard Neutra International Medal for Design Excellence, the 1995 California Council/AIA Bernard Maybeck Award for Design, and the Topaz Medal.
Many thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer and Andrea Minton for their extensive research and photos.
1954 - The National Boulevard Apartments, 10565 National Boulevard, Culver City CA. Kappe's earliest design was this six-unit apartment complex in the Palms section of West Los Angeles. The building sits next to 10567 National Boulevard, the Garden Apartment Building, designed by Los Angeles architect Carl Maston, whom Kappe worked with for two years. Owned by the Raymond and Rochelle Kappe Family Trust.
1954 - The Goetschel House, Tujunga CA. Built, photographs exist at the Kappe archives.
1956 - The Phineas Kappe House, 15541 Woodcrest Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. Built for Ray Kappe's parents. The 2300 sf home has walls of glass, vaulted ceilings, a private gated zen garden, interior reflecting pool, and an outdoor spa with a waterfall. Sold in 2003 to Anne E. Zimmerman Trust and Mark Piaia. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1956 - The Stoner House,
5679 Corso di Napoli, Long Beach CA.
1956 - The Enstedt Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown.
1956 - The Paul Nass Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1957 - The Merrill and Connie Friend Residence,
4727 Louise Avenue, Encino CA.
1957 - The Eric Lowens House, 1542 Rising Glen, Los Angeles CA. This house was originally a 1,900 sq.ft. post-and-beam residence built of redwood and glass. Sold to Ghassemieh. Renovated by Kappe in 2007 to a 2,368-square foot residence, expanding the master bedroom and adding a bath and bedroom. The existing swimming pool was replaced with a lap pool. Photos by David Lena. Bottom photo by Andrea Minton.
1957 - The Forrest House Remodel, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown.
1957 - The Margaret O. Smith Residence,
8322 Ridpath Drive, Los Angeles CA.
1958 - The Lee and Helen Kasof Residence, 5909 Wrightcrest Drive, Culver City CA. Commissioned 1957. According to their son, Joseph Kasof, "when my parents owned this extraordinary home, it was maintained beautifully and without departing from Kappe’s vision (except to install a small cement basketball area when I was a lad)." Subsequent owners have substantially modifed the house with “improvements” that greatly reduced the Kappe look and feel. B/W construction photo and photo of Kappe with Audrey Kasof supplied by Joseph Kasof. Sold in 2000 to James Hayden.
1958 - The Buzza Residence, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1958 - The Berkus-Kappe Apartments, 4150 Hillcrest Drive, Los Angeles CA. Eight units. Sold around 2002 to Dan Ramirez. Photos by Andrea Minton. Sold to Kelly Kane LLC in 2013.
1958 - The Taylor Residence, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown.
1958 - The Waymire House, 4245 Don Alanis Place, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1957. Sold to Linda Griego and Ronald C. Peterson. Sold in 2000 to Barbara Brodsky and Janice Ritter. Sold in 2005 to Ivan P. and Audrey Morrissey.
1958 - 681 Brooktree, Santa Monica CA. Kappe later put on an addition. Sold in 2000 to David Entin. Sold to F. Elliott Leonard and Roger Litz. Sold in 2012 to Elizabeth Latshaw. Top photo by Andrea Minton.
1959 - The Hal Erdley Residence, 1210 El Medio Avenue, Pacific Palisades CA. Still owned by the Erdleys as of 2014. According to Mrs. Erdley, they went out to look at the Phineas Kappe Residence and she said to Hal "I'd like a house like that, with a tree growing through it." Kappe was architect and builder and did an addition in 1982. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1959 - The Frishberg Addition,
3431 Hargis Street, Los Angeles CA.
1959 - The Earl Clemmons Residence, 2941 Briar Knoll Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2000 to Chuck McCann and Tally Productions.
1959 - The Glazer Residence, 7252 West 94th Street, Los Angeles CA. Unsure if built. Appears to be a lot as of 2013; may be destroyed. Needs verification.
1959 - The Seligman Residence, Los Angeles CA. Probably unbuilt, no record of its construction.
1959 - The Robert Hayes Residence, 3943 Woodfield Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. Commissioned 1958. As of 2013 still owned by Robert Hayes. Photos by Julius Shulman. Featured in House and Home November 1960.
1960 - The Wohlstadter Residence, North Hollywood, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1960 - The Sarna Residence, 2275 Betty Lane, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Aharon Ipale.
1960 - The Murray B. and Genevieve B. Davis Residence, 1151 Angelo Drive, Los Angeles CA. As of 2014 owned by the Genevieve B. Davis Trust.
1960 - The Kosser Residence, Los Angeles CA. Lot 17, tract 12594. Unbuilt.
1960 - The Rex and Helena Ragan Residence, 1184 Rancheros Place, Pasadena CA. Built by Ted Tyler. Sold in 2006 to the Barbara F. Vomela Trust. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1960 - The Paul Hammond Apartments, 3540 Sawtelle Boulevard and 3739 McLaughlin Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Ten units. These units once had a pool. Each unit had its own terraces that are now enclosed. 3540 sold to Jeanne E. Fujimoto Trust; 3739 sold in 1988 to Alan L. Saunders Trust. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1960 - The Cotzen Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - The Barsha Residence, 3515 Royal Woods Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. As of 2013 owned by Robert Miller. Bottom two photos by Andrea Minton.
1961 - The Willard and Betty Beling Residence, 5280 Darro Road, Woodland Hills CA. 2400sf. As of 2013 owned by the Beling Living Trust. Bottom photo of another house on the property, not by Kappe, by Andrea Minton.
1961 - The Melvin Brody Residence, 936 Kenter Way Road, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1991. Features a secret room behind a bookcase. Sold in 2013. Bottom two photos by Andrea Minton.
1961 - The Howard Gates Residence, 727 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades CA. Built by Van Powelson. Sold to Albert and Joan Dorman.
1961 - The Stanley Meyer Residence, 3893 Deervale Drive, Sherman Oaks CA. Sold in 1993 to Catherine and Stephen Brown. Bottom photo by Andrea Minton.
1961 - The Reinhardt Residence, 620 Resolano Drive, Pacific Palisades CA. Sold in 2003 to Sandra and Hubie Kerns.
1961 - The Vedanta Society Apartments, 2000-2010 North Ivar, Hollywood CA. Commissioned 1958. The apartments were designed for a religious Indian organization but occupancy was not limited to society members. There were 5 studio apartments, 6 1-bedroom, and 5 two-bedroom apartments. Built by Ted Tyler. Still there as of 2015, color photos by Andrea Minton. Kappe did not design the temple building.
1961 - The Mummey Mesidence, 5284 Vanalden, Tarzana CA. As of 2013 owned by the Meymarian Family Trust. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1961 - The Pace Residence, Rhone Drive, Palos Verdes CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1962 - The Bernheim House, 1000 Kenfield Avenue, Los Angeles CA. As of 2013 owned by Cynthia E. Bernheim. For sale in 2015.
1962 - The Maurine Clauson Residence, 8936 Appian Way, Los Angeles CA. As of 2013 owned by Patricial Glough and Glenn Johnson. Bottom photo by Andrea Minton.
1962 - The Martin Gale Residence,
1009 Lindenwood, Los Angeles CA.
1962 - The Rubin Residence, 7220 Chelan Way, Los Angeles CA. As of 2014, still owned by the Rubin family.
1962 - The California Governor's Mansion Competition, Sacramento CA. Unbuilt.
1962 - The Carson Residence, Brentwood CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The C & C Development - Moorpark Apartments, North Hollywood, CA.
1963 - The Handman House, 3872 Royal Woods, Sherman Oaks CA. 4193 sf. Later sold to Tina Turner who built a panic room inside. Sold to Brian C. Lee. Bottom two photos by Andrea Minton.
1964 - The Kling Street Apartments, aka the C & C Development Apartments, 11905 Kling Street, Los Angeles CA. Two buildings across the street from each other. Color photos by Andrea Minton.
1964 - The Gale Drive Associates Apartments, aka the Phil Gepner and Dave Beck Apartments, aka The Point, 129-31 Gale Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Three story apartments with underground garage. Kappe did a remodel in 2003. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1964 - The Cruz Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1964 - The Drane Residence, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown.
1964 - The Joel Coleman Residence Addition, 755 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades CA. 1000 sf addition. As of 2012 owned by Mavette and Habib Salo. Bottom two photos by Andrea Minton.
1964 - The Stanley Strimling Residence, 17269 Oak View Drive, Encino CA. Sold in 1997 to Daniel P. Chester. Sold in 2010 to Neng Chen and Jeen Whang Tsay. Restored by Sarah Rosenhaus. Sold in 2014 to the Jubelirer Living Trust.
1964 - The Greene Residence, 1293 Chautauqua Boulevard, Pacific Palisades CA. Unbuilt. A 1966 Modernist house was designed and built later on this site, but not by Kappe.
1964 - The Kirkwood Residence, 1355 Berea Street, Pacific Palisades CA. Unsure if built. Unsure of address, as it may have been the owner's former residence. In 2008 Robert and Patricia Kirkwood placed it under ownership of the Kirkwood Family Trust. Needs verification.
1965 - The Earl Curtis Residence, 2424 Tuna Canyon Road, Topanga Canyon CA. Unbuilt. Bottom photo is what's there as of 2012.
1965 - The Lawrence Office and Apartments, 5525 Balboa Road, Encino area of Los Angeles CA. 61 units. Destroyed, replaced by a commercial building, above. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1965 - The George Moss Residence, Marboro Drive, Encino CA. Unbuilt.
1965 - The Harold Staw Residence, 2545 Mountain Avenue, Claremont CA.
1965 - The Sears Residence, Taos NM. Status unknown.
1965 - The Nicosia Residence, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1966 - The Butnik Residence, Encino area of Los Angeles CA. Status and address unknown.
1966 - The James Pregerson House, 680 Brooktree, Pacific Palisades CA. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq. ft. Sold in 1973 to Jean Brady. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Color exterior photos by Andrea Minton and Kent von Severin. For rent in 2015.
1966 - The Schultz Condominium, Palos Verdes CA. Status unknown.
1966 - The LGM Apartments, Encino area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1966 - The Vaughn Residence Remodel, no location given. Status unknown.
1967 - The Sorrel Wildhorn Residence Remodel, 16517 Las Casas Place, Pacific Palisades CA. Sold to Jessie Bochco. Remodeled and added onto around 2008. Photos by Kent Von Severin. Sold in 2012 Thomas Knoll and Cheryl Dimont in 2012.
1967 - The Cohee Residence, 8400 Skyline Drive, Los Angeles CA. A house was built there in 1972, not by Kappe.
1967 - The James F. Digby Residence Addition, 20773 Big Rock Drive, Malibu CA. Added a trellis, storage area, and master suite. Deeded to the Digby Trust. Sold in 2002 to Clark Spencer. Sold in 2007 to Melinda Moore. Sold in 2009 to Jun Liu Zheng.
1968 - The Bernard Residence, Oxnard Shores Lot 3, tract 899, Oxnard CA. Unbuilt due to height violations of local ordinances.
1968 - The Gershwin Residence, Trancas Canyon CA. Unbuilt.
1967 - Ray Kappe's own house in 715 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades CA. As of 2011 still owned by the Kappe family. Bottom two photos by Julius Shulman. Designated a Cultural Heritage Monument by the City of Los Angeles in 1996.
1967 - The Harris House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.
1968 - The Gould-Jacobson House, aka the Gould-LeFetra House, 12256 Canna Road, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1966. The five-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom building is a house of glass that appears to float among the trees. Sold to Alexander and Rebecca D. Jacobson whom later placed it under ownership of the Jacobson Trust. Sold in 2003 to the Michael W. LaFetra Trust. Sold in 2009 to Alison C. Leston. Sold in 2012 to Wallace Cheng.
1970 - The Leonard and Judith Gertler Residence, 14623 Hilltree, Santa Monica CA. Featured in GA Houses 1, 1976. Commissioned 1968. Sold in 2011 to Michael W. La Fetra. Sold in 2013 to Christopher J. Ahearn and Marla J. Mayer.
1969 - The Jack Faivus Residence, 537 West Rustic Road, Santa Monica Canyon CA. Sold to Maxwell Epstein. Unbuilt. Was to replace a 1924 house which was still there as of 2013.
1969 - The Lesser Residence, 24548 Malibu Road, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.
1969 - The Greeven Residence, Palos Verdes CA. Unclear if built; needs verification.
1969 - The Ravenspur Condominiums, 5632 Ravenspur Drive, Palos Verdes CA.
1969 - The Wasserman Residence, San Carlos Estates, Overland Avenue, San Diego CA. Designed with Rex Lotery. Probably unbuilt; needs verification.
1970 - The Igo Residence, Pacific Palisades CA. Unbuilt.
1972 - The Hattenbach Residence, 14173 Alisal Lane, Santa Monica CA. Sold in 2010 to Stephen M. Grynberg and Susan M. Winfield. Featured in GA Houses 1, 1976.
1970 - The Dietsch Residence Remodel. Status unknown.
1972 - The Rubin Residence, 3950 La Cresta Drive, San Diego CA. Commissioned 1970. Built.
1971 - The Residential Development, Ventura CA. Unbuilt.
1971 - New town, Newhall-Saugus CA. Unbuilt. In association with Richard Barron.
1972 - The Aardvark Apartment Center, Rohnert Park CA. Status unknown.
1972 - The Spanner Residence Remodel, 4143 Cachalote Street, Woodland Hills CA. Original date of house was 1968. Marvin Spanner Trust still owners as of 2013.
1972 - The Village Apartments, Rohnert Park CA. Needs verification as built.
1973 - The Elaine Stone Condominiums, 3815 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA. 3-unit condominium designed with Herbert Kahn and Rex Lotery to maximize ocean views. Each unit has a family play room at beach level and a loft overlooking a two-story living room. Sold to Charles W. Vasile.
1973 - Student Housing Cal State Poly, San Luis Obispo and Cal State Sonoma. These were competition entries for student housing. Kappe won for San Luis Obispo but not for Cal State Sonoma.
1973 - The Curtis A. Massey Residence, 4949 Terracita Lane, La Canada Flintridge CA. Sold in 2001 to Duane B. and Jill A. Meltzer. Sold in 2003 to Melvin and Anna Lin. Has been added onto.
1974 - The Fink Residence, Montecito CA. Status unknown.
1974 - Residential Development, Inglewood CA. Status unknown.
1974 - The Katzenstein House, 739 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades CA. Sold to Leo Moore. Sold in 2003 to Kadosh Investments Inc. Sold in 2006 to the Northern and Max E. Wheeler Trust. Sold in 2014 to the Millman Levitius Family Trust.
1975 - The Penn/Crowell House,
218 Rivo Alto Canal, Long Beach CA. Commissioned 1973.
1976 - The Soltan House, 14173 Alisal Lane, Santa Monica CA. Commissioned 1972. 7000 sf. Sold to Dallas Price-Van Breda. Kappe did an addition in 1982. Sold in 2010 to Susan Winfield and Stephen Grynberg.
1976 - The Hellinger Residence, 1670 San Remo Drive, Brentwood CA. House at this address still owned by the Sam and Judith Hellinger Trust, but built in 1981. Needs verification.
1976 - The Collen Residence, 762 Latimer Road, Pacific Palisades CA. Unbuilt. The land was sold and the Borghei/Cookston House, also by Kappe, later built on the site.
1977 - The Suzanne Dunaway-Chappell Residence, 1970 North Beverly Glen Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1977 - The Greystone Manor and Park Restoration, Beverly Hills CA. No mention of his work at the location's website. Needs verification.
1978 - The Selber-Grauel Condominiums, Shoup Avenue and Sherman Way, Canoga Park CA. Unbuilt.
1978 - The Gurnee Residence, Toro Canyon Road, Santa Barbara CA. Unbuilt.
1978 - Apartment Complex at University of California, Santa Barbara CA.
1978 - La Jolla Shores, San Diego CA. Status unknown.
1981 - The Gary Freedman House, 533 9th Street, Santa Monica CA. Commissioned 1978. This was Kappe's first house for a typical small city lot. As of 2013 still owned by Gary Freedman.
1981 - The Block Residence, 1839 Westridge Road, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1977. Sold to Abdulla B. Al-Mulla. Sold in 1994 to Secured California Investments. Sold in 1995 to Gary W. McKenzie who still owned it as of 2014.
1984 - The Houshang Borghei House, aka the Borghei-Cookston House, 762 Latimer Road, Santa Monica CA. Commissioned 1977. The house was not completed and sat for six years unfinished until it was sold to Stephen and Shirley Cookston, who did renovations. Sold to Janice Blakemore. Deeded in 2008 to David and Janice Blakemore. Deeded in 2010 to the Janice and David Blakemore Trust.
1985 - The Lou Scheimer Residence, 1600 The Strand, Manhattan Beach CA. Commissioned 1982 in association with Dean Nota. Sold for the first time in 2011 to Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson who did a renovation. Bottom two photos by Misha Gravenor.
1992 - The Wendy Carson-Michael Lindsey House, 315 29th Street, Manhattan Beach CA. The main objective was to maximize the envelope for living purposes while leaving a large central court on a 30' x 90' lot. Still owned by the original clients as of 2014.
1994 - The Esther Benton Residence, 122 South Canyon View Drive, Los Angeles CA. 5000 sf. Commissioned 1987. Designed with Ron Kappe. Part of an episode of Californication was filmed there. The interior was also featured on the show Shark. Still owned as of 2014 by Benton.
1997 - The Bruce Shapiro Residence, 596 Dryad Road, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1993. Sold in 2007 to Cherry and Christian Timario. Deeded to Cherry Timario.
1999 - The Daniel and Gusti Frankel Residence,
2012 Tory Drive, Yadkinville NC.
2006 - The Steve Glenn House, aka the Z6 House, aka the LivingHome House I, 2914 Highland Avenue, Santa Monica. As of 2011 still owned by Glenn, who developed the idea for the LivingHome, a steel-framed, LEED Platinum, 2500 sf prototype prefab and got Kappe to do the design. This prototype, named Z6, was built over a period of 13 hours.
Sources include: Catherine Westergaard Cramer; Getty Center Ray Kappe Papers,
Blockshopper LA; Architecture4Sale; Steve Glenn; Michael La Fetra, Themes and Variations: House Design: Ray Kappe by Michael Webb.