Craig Ellwood's Hollywood lifestyle and his simple, elegant buildings showed two sides of the same man
What you may not know about Craig Ellwood, the self-taught architect known for his minimal steel-and-glass designs, is that his larger-than-life persona as “the Cary Grant of architecture” and the “California Mies van der Rohe” was as studied as his buildings. Like the layers of semi-opaque glass used in his celebrated Case Study House 16, the man was mystifying and hard to see through. Johnnie Burke, as he was previously known, reinvented himself as Craig Ellwood after moving from Texas to California. Although trained as an engineer, he went on to become one of the leading architects of California’s mid-century period, as famous for his purist buildings as he was for his flashy lifestyle and good looks.
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