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THE HISTORIC CONNELL HOUSE IN PEBBLE BEACH



Richard Neutra's Connell House, at 1170 Signal Hill Road, Pebble Beach

Photographs of the Connell House, taken in December 2013 showing "demolition by neglect"

The Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists (AMAP)
has launched a campaign to save the Connell House

AMAP's GOAL: To secure an “eligibility nomination” to the California Register of Historic Resources for renowned mid-century modernist architect Richard Neutra’s 1958 "Connell House" in Pebble Beach. Richard Joseph Neutra was an Austrian-American architect who lived and built for the majority of his career in Southern California.

AMAP's CONCERN: The Connell House is a pure example of the modernist design aesthetic. The current Connell House owner’s intention is to demolish the house to make way for a new home in its place. As Richard Neutra's architect son Dion Neutra states, "It would be a great tragedy to lose the only authentic Richard Neutra design in all of Monterey County. The Connell House is irreplaceable."

AMAP's COMMITMENT: AMAPís COMMITMENT: AMAP has contracted with architectural historians Anthony Kirk and Barbara Lamprecht (a leading expert on Richard Neutraís distinguished career) to prepare nomination papers for the National register. AMAP has taken the lead on this critical and urgent campaign. AMAP has confidence that preservationists from across Monterey County (and beyond!) as well as architectural historians, architecture students, members of American Institute of Architects Monterey and members of Monterey Bay Modernism will:

  • Spread the word far and wide through social media


1949 cover of Time Magazine
featuring Richard Neutra Cover Credit: Ernest Hamlin Baker

  • Make a donation, however large or small, to assist in saving this architectural treasure.

    Either click on the "DONATE" button below to reach AMAP's PayPal link and contribute using your credit card, or else write a check in any amount made out to the Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists, with "Connell House Fund" written on the memo line - and mail it to:

AMAP, P.O. Box 2752, Monterey, California 93942
Attention: Connell House Fund

Link to an update on the Connell House

For some important background material, please read:

http://www.change.org/petitions/monterey-bay-modernism-save-the-connell-house-by-richard-neutra-1958-from-demolition

http://barbaralamprecht.com/2012/02/02/endangered-the-arthur-connell-house-pebble-beach-richard-neutra-1958/

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/cover/article_18c58cbd-2797-5447-86d1-dec8ec45d443.html

https://www.facebook.com/montereybaymodernism?group_id=0

The eyes of Neutra preservationists, modernist architects and architectural historians in Southern California, across the country, and around the world are watching. We who live within a few miles of this historic landmark need to be the first to act.

Can you and more importantly will you help set the California Register of Historic Resources' "nomination for eligibility" into motion with your contribution now?

For more information or questions, email: info@amap1.org or forthecolors@comcast.net