Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

Architects

Harris, Harwell

ID: 41
Full Name: Harwell Hamilton Harris
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1903-07-02
Death Date: 1990-11-18
Family: Spouse: Harris married the architectural writer, Jean Murray Bangs (d. 1986), who had been married once before to Abe Plotkin.
Biographical Information: Education: Coursework, Pomona College, Pomona, CA; Coursework, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Coursework, Frank Wiggins Trade School, Los Angeles, CA;
Work History: Draftsman, Richard Neutra, 1928-1932; Principal, Harwell H. Harris, Designer, Los Angeles, CA, 1933-1951; Principal, Harwell Harris, Architect, Austin, TX, 1952-1962; Principal, Harwell Harris, Architect, Raleigh, NC, 1962-1975;
Teaching: Dean, University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture, Austin, TX, 1952-Summer 1955; Dean, North Carolina State University, School of Architecture, Raleigh, NC, 1962-1973; Harris also taught as a visiting professor at the following institutions: Columbia University, New York, NY; Yale University, New Haven, CT; the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN; the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA;
Miscellaneous: Harris became very well known for his Pauline Lowe House (Altadena, CA, 1934), one of the most widely published houses of the 1930s.
Professional Awards: Post College: Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1965; Richard Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, 1982; North Carolina State University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in 1985.
Archives: Harris's manuscript collection, "Harwell Hamilton Harris (1903-1990) Papers: Drawings, photographs and archival records, California, Texas and North Carolina," is housed at the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin; they include: 3,874 drawings, 14 linear feet of archival material, 3,675 photographic images and approximately 1,100 slides. (See "Harwell Hamilton Harris: An Inventory of his Papers, Photographs and Drawings, 1906-1990," University of Texas, Austin, Alexander Architectural Archive, <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utaaa/00001/aaa-00001.html> Accessed 06/04/2009.) This website contains extensive bibliography on Harris's work.
Countries: United States
Locations: Architect's Death:
Raleigh, NC
USA
Publications: Neutra, Richard J., "Terminals?--Transfer!", Architectural Record, 68: 2, 99-104, 08/1930.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Meier House, 1942", Architecture in Los Angeles A Compleat Guide, 192, 1985.
Hines, Thomas S., Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970, 487-488, 2010.
Guarneri, Andrea Bocco, Bernard Rudofsky: A Humane Designer, 30-31, 2003.
Mock, Elizabeth, Built in USA, 1932-1944, 34-35, 1945.
Mock, Elizabeth, Built in USA, 1932-1944, 23, 1945.
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, Drexler, Arthur, Built in USA: Post-War Architecture, 64-65, 1952.
Lamprecht, Barbara, "Upgrading an Icon", Echoes, 37: 68-73, 97-98, 103, 9/2001.
Germany, Lisa, Harwell Hamilton Harris, 106-113, 1991.
"Entenza House #1 Renovation", Journal of the American Institute of Architects California Council, 2003.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 375, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 104, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 13, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 179, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 410, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, "Granstedt House, 1938", Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 164, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 180, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 181, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 111, 1994.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 13, 1994.
Ford, James, Ford, Katherine Morrow, Modern House in America, 54-55, 1940.
Ford, James, Ford, Katherine Morrow, "House for George C. Bauer, Glendale, 1938", Modern House in America, 52-53, 1940.
Fraser, C. Gerald, "Harwell Harris, 87, An Architect Known For House Designs", New York Times, 11/20/1990.
Harris, Harwell H., "AIA gold medal, first in five years awarded to Neutra", North Carolina Architect, 8-11, 3/1977.
Scully, Vincent, "Doldrums in the Suburbs", Perspecta, 9: 282, 288, 1965.
Hunter, Paul Robinson, Reichardt, Walter L., Residential Architecture in Southern California, 108, 1939.