THE SHUTTLE OF TRAVEL WEAVES A SUBTLE WEB THAT UNITES CALIFORNIA'S SOUTHLAND WITH THE EASTERN STATES AND MAKES IT A PART OF THE GREAT MIDDLE WEST.
IT IS NOT SURPRISING THEREFORE TO FIND OUR ARCHITECTS DESIGNING HOUSES TO BE BUILT IN FLORIDA AND INTRODUCING TO THE NATION THE USE OF CALIFORNIAN MATERIALS.
|A house in Florida|
Wallace Neff, Architect
***The whole job was very much a California product, as the architect even imported a California interior decorator and a California painting contractor and his crew to Florida at considerable expense, to obtain finishes which craftsmen in that state were incapable of duplicating.***
This is the fifth house which Mr. Neff has built on the Atlantic side of the country. As a result of the first efforts he realized that we on the Pacific Coast take our Spanish architecture more seriously, and train our craftsmen and contractors to do more permanent work. Our kilns have turned out beautiful tile which have become world renowned. Angula hand-made roofing- tile and Mission floor tile have become household words; and Batchelder tiles have already made good on the Atlantic shores. Where it was not practical to export California materials, Mr. Neff used Florida woods, and plaster from nearer sources; but to do the work he asked the Cheesewright Studio to send their designer of wrought iron and their draperies; and the Bliss Paint and Paper Company of Pasadena, to send interior decorators and painters. As it was in the time of the building of the Gothic Cathedrals, the craftsmen of California are vitally necessary to the architect with whom they collaborate.
***E .J. Cheesewright (1880-1957) was the foremost designer of residential interiors in Southern California during the 1920's.***
|IRVING T. BUSH RESIDENCE|
|IRVING T. BUSH RESIDENCE|
|Interior, Irving T. Bush House , Florida|
The Cheesewright Studios, Inc. Decorators and Furnishers
|A GLIMPSE OF A FLORIDA LAKE SEEN THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE DINING ROOM. THE FLORIDA HOME OF MR. IRVING T. BUSH, LAKE WALES. WALLACE NEFF, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, ARCHITECT|
|A WOODLAND SCENE IN FLORIDA, BACKGROUND FOR THE BUSH HOUSE. WALLACE NEFF, ARCHITECT, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA. PHOTOGRAPH BY COURTESY OF CHARLES B. HERVEY, OF PASADENA, CALIFORNIA AND OF FLORIDA AND MEMBER OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS IN BOTH STATES|
IRVING T. BUSH was a business tycoon with imagination and taste. He parlayed the family fortune into something considerably bigger by conceiving and building the Bush Terminal in South Brooklyn, New York, a very early industrial park which covered 30 city blocks and had no less than eight piers and 125 warehouses as well as manufacturing facilities.
MORE on Irving T. Bush and his wife.
Bush Tower in New York City.
MOUNTAIN LAKE ESTATES website.