Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Tremaine, Burton G., Sr., and Emily Hall, House Project, Santa Barbara, CA

ID: 290
Notes: Unbuilt; the Tremaine plan done c. 1947 was one of two residential designs executed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (b. 1907) for sites in Southern CA.
Building History: The Tremaine House would have been a grandly scaled commission had it been built. Niemeyer received the commission from a well-to-do businessman and philanthropist, Burton G. Tremaine, Sr., and his wife Emily Hall Tremaine, significant collectors of modern art, who probably had heard of the architect through the Museum of Modern Art publication, "Brazil Builds" (1943). Most of the house formed a long, two-story box, much of the rectangle supported above the ground on Corbusian pilotis. Free-form elements--a covered patio and a tri-lobed structure on the front facade--emanated out in contrast. The landscaping, too, by Roberto Burle Marx, a frequent collaborator of Niemeyer's, undulated in studied contrast to the house block.
Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses
Locations: Structure:
Santa Barbara, CA