June 10, 2006
Larry Scarpa held a smallish gathering in his yard at the conclusion of the AIA festivities. We had published his Umbrella House, a photo of which he used as an invitation. I wanted to see what we had published, and to see Larry, an old architecture friend. When I drove up the street in small-scale
After snagging a quick drink, I looked up to the second floor and saw another architect waving down at me. He looked so familiar, but not an LA name I could recall. When he came down I found that it was John Howie from
Just over there was Frances Anderton, the host of DNA, an LA-based public radio show that included me in an interview on hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. Frances, an excellent conversationalist, was talking to Peter Cook, Paul Finch, and Bill Menking, a trio we had just encountered at the Audi party for the Architect’s Newspaper.
The evening was sublime: all sunset and wafting Pacific
breeze and blooming trees. Good friends, old and young, a house that shone like
artwork, a narrow street near the ocean. I want to live in
Robert Ivy, FAIA