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Author: Diane Keaton; D J Waldie
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2007.
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"At the heart of California Romantica is the vision - and admitted obsession - of a committed preservationist who as a girl fell in love with the colonial-era and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of Southern California. In her introduction to the book, Diane Keaton puts it quite succinctly: "I knew I wanted to share the magic I'd felt within the aura created by the presence of Spanish architecture in Southern  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keaton, Diane.
California romantica.
New York : Rizzoli ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2007
(OCoLC)761402877
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Keaton; D J Waldie
ISBN: 9780847829750 0847829758
OCLC Number: 233035319
Description: 319 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
Contents: The perfect world / Diane Keaton --
Sombras Románticas / D.J. Waldie --
The French Ranch --
Los Pavos Reales --
Libby Stables --
Ravenscroft --
Ojo del Deseirto --
Guerra Estate --
Strauss Home --
Graves House --
Rancho de los Quiotes --
Villa Vurora --
Dolgen House --
Casa del Herrero --
Black Residence --
Wilk-Burch House --
Hofer House --
Casa Romantica --
Olgilvy Estate --
El Bosque --
Isla Mar.
Responsibility: Diane Keaton ; text by D.J. Waldie ; photography by Lisa Hardaway and Paul Hester.

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"At the heart of California Romantica is the vision - and admitted obsession - of a committed preservationist who as a girl fell in love with the colonial-era and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of Southern California. In her introduction to the book, Diane Keaton puts it quite succinctly: "I knew I wanted to share the magic I'd felt within the aura created by the presence of Spanish architecture in Southern California ... I wanted to capture the romance of an empty room. I wanted to focus on details, a fountain, a staircase, a doorway. I wanted to highlight the genre's disjointed symmetry, and informal, abstract appeal. I wanted the drama of light to reveal secrets that lay hidden beyond the facades. I wanted 'old' and 'Spanish' to stop being code words for demolition. I wanted us to give renewed vitality, and even a refined Modernism, to the historic dream of living in a perfect California Spanish home." California Romantica is an expression of wonder and an ode to an extraordinary tradition in architecture marked by white-washed stucco and plaster walls, wrought iron, arches, towers, balconies, patios, terraces, window grills, tile work, stout doors; houses enveloped by and frequently cast in profound shadow and light; houses that are at once meditations on the past and also abiding evocations of a way of life that is so much of the present."--Jacket.

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