"An architecture that is only symbol—and a borrowed symbol at that—is a china egg. It will not hatch." -- Harwell Hamilton Harris
2011 - Modern Magazine article on Harris by Mike Welton.
Thanks to Harris' close friend Frank Harmon for making these videos available to the public. The following 16mm films, mostly of his houses under construction, were shot in the 1950's. All are silent and unedited.
1958 - The Seymour and Jean Eisenberg House, 9624 Rockbrook, Dallas TX.
Harris with Charles Sumner Greene.
HARWELL HAMILTON HARRIS, FAIA (1903-1990)
Born in Redlands CA, Harris grew up in the Imperial Valley area and later attended San Bernardino High School. In 1923, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Otis Art Institute and in 1925, he began to study drawing and painting with Stanton Macdonald-Wright at the Art Students League. He enrolled at the Frank Wiggins Trade School and found work in the studio of Richard Neutra. His ambition to be a sculptor, however, was changed after visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House. It was an epiphany for him to study architecture instead of pure art.
Soon he applied to the architecture program at the University of California at Berkeley. He never attended, however, as he found employment with Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler. Neutra discouraged him from attending formal classes in architecture although he did study under Neutra at the Los Angeles Academy of Modern Art. While in Neutra's office, he worked on the Lovell Health House and the Rush City Competition. Neutra was a master of publicity, a skill Harris learned and applied to his own career.
In 1933, Harris left the Neutra office to establish his own independent practice in Los Angeles. His first commissions were for small homes, based on a modular system, in which he applied the modernist principles he had learned in the offices of Neutra and Schindler. In 1937, John Entenza, the influential editor of California Arts and Architecture, commissioned Harris to design his own home.
In 1943, Harris moved to New York where he taught at Columbia University. He moved back to California by 1944 and in 1952, Harris accepted the position of Dean for the School of Architecture at The University of Texas. Although he lacked both formal architectural training and administrative experience, he expanded the School's programs and attempted to revolutionize the methods of teaching. Harris directly involved some of the students in the design process when he collaborated with them on the Texas State Fair House (1954), offering them actual experience with the design and construction process. Harris hired new faculty whose innovative ideas clashed with the traditional Beaux-Arts methods still in use in Texas. Later known as the "Texas Rangers," Harris hired Colin Rowe, John Hejduk, Robert Slutsky, Werner Seligmann, and Herbert Hirsche. The autocratic nature of Harris's new theory for teaching design, however, created enormous tensions within the school, which interfered with his own private practice. As a result, Harris resigned as dean in the summer of 1955. He moved to Dallas where he continued to practice until 1962, designing homes that were brilliantly adapted to the harsh Texas climate. That year Harris accepted a teaching position at the NCSU School of Design where he taught until retirement.
Harris received numerous awards, including the Richard Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence in 1982. Harris's work was published extensively and appeared in numerous exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art (1939, 1943, 1943, 1945, and 1953), the National Gallery of Art (1957), and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (1977). In addition, several one-man exhibitions of his work have been held at North Carolina State University (1981), the Museum of Art in Fayetteville, North Carolina (1982) and The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (1985). Harris was made a fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1965 and received an honorary doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1985.
When Harris died in 1990, he gave his drawings and other design materials to the Center for the Study of American Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; his library of books to NCSU; his extensive collection of Bernard Ralph Maybeck materials to the Bancroft Library in Berkeley CA; and his extension collection of Henry and Charles Greene materials to the Avery Library at Columbia University. He left his home/office at 122 Cox Avenue to NCSU's School of Design to endow an annual lecture. Since then, the Harris lecture series included Joseph Esherick, Glenn Murcutt, Enrique Norten, Rick Joy, Bernard Tschumi, Herman Hertzberger, and his close friend Frank Harmon.
Biography adapted from the University of
1935 - The Harwell Hamilton Harris House, aka the Fellowship Park House, 2311 Fellowship Parkway, Los Angeles CA. Designed with Gregory Ain originally for a Dr. S. Hunter but the deal fell through. Harris and his wife Jean lived there after they were married. Sold several times. Sold in 1998 to Jeb And Sondra Brighouse. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich, California Arts & Architecture Magazine, March 1937.
1935 – The Graham Laing House, 1642 Pleasant Way, Pasadena CA. B/W photos Fred Dapprich, California Arts & Architecture November 1935. Sold to Steinmetz Trust. Sold in 1996 is Michael W. Wegener. Sold in 1998 to Fokke and Farit Swanborn. Sold in 2007 to Fareed Kanani.
1936 - The W. L. Long House, 2041 Live Oak Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The Victor Hugo Benioff Cabin, Upper Falls Tract #28, Mammoth Lakes CA. Benioff, a seismologist, used the location for studying the area's frequent earthquakes. According to his daughter, Martha, who provided the photo, there has been a new roof since around 2005.
1936 - The Ian Campbell House, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The John Carr House I, Brentwood CA. Built.
1936 - The Horace Fraser House, Bonnie Avenue, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt.
1936 – The Edward and Julia De Steiguer House, 20 Glen Summer Road, Pasadena CA. Featured its own gift shop building across a small courtyard from the house. To avoid destruction from a freeway, the house was relocated to 1444 Poppy Peak Drive in 1951 by architect Leland Evison. Sold to Robert D. Tarr. Sold to Scott C. Brown. Photos by Fred Dapprich.
1937 – The Helene Kershner House, 3905 Brilliant Way, Los Angeles CA. Sold to A. Steward Ballinger for whom Harris did a renovation. Commissioned 1935. Interior design by John S. Mason. Sold to Jack Mason. Sold in 1988 to Robert Rosen who still owned it as of 2011. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich, color by Maynard L. Parker. Featured in California Art & Architecture August 1937.
1937 – The John Entenza House, 475 Mesa Road, Santa Monica CA. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich. Featured in California Art & Architecture May 1938. Sold in 1998 to Michael P. Deasy who hired architect Michael Folonis for a restoration. Deasy. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich.
1937 – The Joel Walther Residence,
1742 Silverwood Terrace, Los
1937 - The Pierre Dick Cabin, Big Tujunga CA.
1937 - The Lee and Mary Blair House I, Beech Knoll Road (in Laurel Canyon), Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1937 - The Roy Rosen House, Montrose CA. Unbuilt.
1938 – The George Bauer House, 2528 East Glenoaks, Glendale CA. Project architect was Carl Anderson. B/W and sepia photos by Fred Dapprich. Sold in 1996 to Faye Ogawa. Bottom color photo by Michael Locke.
1938 - The Marian Lawrence Clark (Cooch) House, 2442 17th Avenue, Carmel CA. Photos by Fred Dapprich. Featured in Architectural Forum, September 1938. Featured in California Arts & Architecture, March 1938. Sold to Marjorie Peet Love.
1938 - The Harold Swann House, Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara CA. Swann had a home built in Santa Barbara in 1940 by Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
1938 - The W. L. Montgomery House, San Dimas CA. Unbuilt.
1938 – The Edmund Stiff House, 8420 Yucca Lane, Los Angeles CA.
1938 – The J. Musick House, 3019 Passmore Drive, Los Angeles CA. Needs verification.
1938 - The John Carr House II, Brentwood CA. Unbuilt.
1938 – The Greta Granstedt and Max DeVega House, 7922 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Hollywood CA. Commissioned 1937. Sold to Fred and Maija Wolf. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Sold to the Wolf family in 1992.
1939 – The Lee and Mary Blair House II, 3763 Fredonia Drive, Los Angeles CA. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich. The house number is sometimes erroneously listed as 3762. Sold in 1955 to second owner WIlliam M. Taylor. Includes a funicular to move items up the hill. Bottom photo by Scott Santoro. Sold in 2011 to William Taylor.
1939 – The Fred and Jacqueline Harris House, 410 North Avenue 64, Pasadena CA. The lot overlooks what had been the ninth green of what was then the Annandale Golf Club. The views were beautiful of the Sierra Madre mountains, and Mount Wilson. According to their daughter Noelle Harris Murphy, Mrs. Harris while pregnant found Harwell’s work in Architectural Digest and went to talk to him, hiring him for an obscene (for those days) amount of money. Eventually, Mrs. Harris gave control of the house to Citizens Bank and they sold it in 1990 to the Chan Lily Family Trust.
1939 – The J. E. Powers House, 5160 La Canada Boulevard, La Canada CA. Sold to Otto Hermle. Sold in 2003 to Craig R. Bockman. Sold in 2008 to Jeffery and Karmen Parks. Photos by Fred Dapprich.
1939 - The Byron Pumphrey House, 615 Kingman Avenue, Santa Monica CA. Sold to Christopher E. Beach in 2003. Restored by architect Michael Folonis. Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1939 - The Edwin (Stan) Hawk House, 2421 Silver Ridge Avenue, in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles CA. Sold in the 1960's to Edith Liu. Sold in 2001 to Wendy Bleiman. B/W photos by Fred Dapprich. Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1939 – The Theodore Blau Residence, 933 North Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles CA.
1939 - The Alfred Pellicciotti House, Monta Vista Avenue, Tujunga CA. Unbuilt.
1940 – The John Adams Comstock Cabin, 1373 Crest Road, Del Mar CA. Has been greatly expanded. At some point a guest house was added. Sold in 1996 to Steve and Debbie Timmons. For sale in 2013.
1940 – The Elwood E. Schwenk House,
14329 Millbrook Drive, Van Nuys CA.
1940 - The Hobart Wong House, 1001 Castellar Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1940 - The Milton (Milt) E. Kahl Residence, Shannon Road, Los Angeles CA. Among the veteran Disney animators, Kahl was considered the most accomplished and influential. Characters he brought to life included the animals in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the tiger Shere Khan in "The Jungle Book," Peter in "Peter Pan," Tramp in "Lady and the Tramp" and the villainous Madame Medusa in his last film for Disney, "The Rescuers."
1940 - The Kenneth Anderson House, Flintridge CA. Unbuilt.
1940 - The Sophie Treadwell House, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1940 – The Dean McHenry House, 624 Holmby Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1997 to Raun Lee Thorp and Michael Brian Tichenor.
1940 - The Harold C. Sox House, 76 Ridge View Drive, Atherton CA. Sox's son David recalls his father chose Harris because Frank Lloyd Wright was too expensive. One day, on Wright's way to his granddaughter's (Ann Baxter's) wedding in 1947, he remarked about the Sox house, "that's one of my homes." When told it was Harris, Wright said, "well, that's almost the same." Top photo by Wayne Andrews. Small photos at bottom from Harris' slide collection. Other photos provided by David Sox, shown with his brother Hal, last photo. Sold in 1996 to Kenneth and Allison Ross. Has been renovated and expanded. Sold in 2013.
1941 - Harris' most famous house is the John Weston Havens Residence, 255 Panoramic Way, Berkeley CA. Commissioned 1940. Appeared in California Arts and Architecture magazine in March 1940. In 1957, the AIA glowingly compared the Weston Havens House to Richard Neutra's Lovell House and Wright's Fallingwater. Harris did renovations and an addition in 1968. The owner, John Weston Havens Jr., died in 2001 at age 97. The house now belongs to the University of California-Berkeley. Top photo by Maynard L. Parker. Other sepia and b/w photos by Man Ray. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Bottom color photo by Chris Hardy. Learn more at Friends of Havens House.
1941 - The Linden Naylor Residence, 40 Arden Road, Berkeley CA. Commissioned 1940. Located in the Berkeley hills above the UC stadium, the Naylor House was built on the lower of two lots once owned by John Weston Havens Jr. Sold to a second owner. Sold to Timothy Symons in 2009. Renovations by Alex Korn. 1653 square feet. Top photo by Edward van Altena. Color photos by Liz Rusby.
1941 - The Freda and Herbert Alexander House, 2265 Micheltorena Street, Silver Lake area of Los Angeles CA. Sold to Nancy and Kyle Smith, who did a restoration in 1992. 1700 square feet. Sold later in 1992 to Barry and Jenny Isaacson.
1941 – The Snyder House,
10879 Whipple Street, North
1941 – The John Treanor House,
343 Green Acres Drive, Visalia CA.
1941 - The Richmond Irwin Kelsey House I, Berry Drive, Los Angeles CA.
1942 - The Cecil Birtcher House, Central Terrace, 4234 Sea View Lane, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1941. Sold to Jerome Share, for whom Harris did renovations. As of 2011, owned by Robert D and Boehm Adel Mabe. Top three photos by Man Ray; bottom two by Edward Van Altena. Additional photos.
1942 - The Lodewijk (Louis) Lek House, 1600 Mecca Drive, La Jolla CA. Commissioned 1941. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Sold to the Allison Trust. Sold in 1991 to S. An Nassari who did a restoration. Was sold again. That owner destroyed the house and built an 8 bed, 6 bath mansion built on the site in 1995. The address is now 1600.
1942 - The Fritz Meier House, 2240 Lake Shore Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Jeb and Sondra Brighouse, owners of the Harris's Fellowship House. For rent as of 2012.
1942 - The Ladies Home Journal House, aka the Langford (Lang) Brown House, Vista Way, Chula Vista CA. Along with schemes Harris drew for Woman’s Home Companion and Mademoiselle in 1942, Good Housekeeping in 1945, and the Ladies Home Journal here, the Brown House illustrated an expandable house that could start with a few hundred square feet and be built under the wartime limit of $6,000. Unbuilt.
1942 - The Roy Marquardt House, Hawthorne CA. Unbuilt.
1944 - The Walter E. Clark House, aka the Headmasters House, aka the Glass House, North Country School, Lake Placid NY. Russell S. Johnson was the project associate. Harris did a kitchen addition and renovation in 1960. B/W photos by Ezra Stoller. Appeared in the 1948 Architectural Record. 2010 photos by John Culpepper/North Country School.
1944 - The Women's Home Companion House, aka The Shumway House, Turners Falls MA. Sometimes erroneously published as being located in Greenfield CT. Unsure if built.
1944 - The George Gallowhur Honeymoon Cabin/Hunting Lodge, Windsor VT.
1945 - The Lewis Allen House, Ridgeview Drive, San Mateo CA. Unbuilt.
1945 - The Richmond Irwin Kelsey House II, North Hollywood CA.
1945 - The John Pennington House and Music Studio, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt.
1945 - The W. I. Montgomery House. Unbuilt.
1945 - The John Nesbit Lodge, Circle M Ranch, Big Sur CA.
1945 - The George Taylor House, Hollywood CA. Unbuilt.
1945 - The O. K. Meyers House, Visalia CA.
1946 - The Jack Calvin House, Sitka AK. Commissioned 1942.
1946 – The John G. Sobieski
1420 San Marino Boulevard
1946 - The Good Housekeeping House. Unbuilt.
1946 – The Austin Longcroft Caretaker's House and Stables, 1653 Rancho Avenue, Glendale CA. Sold in 1994 to Paul Knell.
1946 - The Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company House, San Marino CA. Unbuilt.
1946 - The F. M. Hatz House, Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes CA. Harris did additions in 1950.
1946 - The Irvine Chapman Cottage, Balboa Beach CA. Unbuilt.
1946 - The W. F. and
Dorothy Gantvoort Residence, La Canada CA.
1947 - The Ingersoll Steel / Borg Warner Demonstration House, 1112 Crown Street, Kalamazoo MI. Commissioned 1945. Seeking an efficient and economical way to build homes, architect J. Fletcher Lankton, of Peoria IL designed a utility core that brought together all the plumbing pipes, wiring conduits and other necessary mechanical items in one unit that could be manufactured off site and inserted into a house under construction. The unit included a furnace, water softener and heater, plumbing for bathroom, laundry and kitchen, and electric, gas and ventilation connections. It was a mere 2.5 feet wide, 7.5 feet long and 6.5 feet high and would fit through any standard door. The design saved scarce metal, allowed the elimination of a basement, and was fast since it could be installed in less than one day. Lankton persuaded Kalamazoo’s Ingersoll Steel and Disc Division of the Borg-Warner Corporation to build the prototype.
Other architects besides Harris who did houses were Alden Dow, Edward Durell Stone, Royal Barry Wills, L. Morgan Yost, George Fred Keck, and Hugh Stubbins, Jr. Landscape architect Michael Rapuano developed the site plan.
This house was substantially altered in 1952 by Kalamazoo architect William A. Stone, including the addition of a second story. Top photo is Harris' original design. Sold to Nicholas and Rebecca Fate.
1947 - The Henry Sarber Residence, Oakland CA. Unbuilt.
1947 – The Werner Huthsing House, 2246 Ronda Vista Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2002 to James Reyton. Needs verification.
1948 - The Charles and Kay Cruze House and Studio, 2340 West Third Street, Los Angeles CA. Cruze and Harris were colleagues at Chouinard, an art school founded in 1921, which was nearby. Now a landscape architect business.
1948 - The Robert Ryan House, 15946 Woodvale Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Ralph Johnson House, 10261 Chrysanthemum Lane, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1947. Second photo by Mark Willis. Bottom photo by Maynard L. Parker. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Many books have the address of 10280, which is incorrect - that house was built in 1937. Sold in 1999 to Sally Hershberger. For sale in 2009.
1948 - The Clarence H. Wyle House, 1964 Rancho Drive, Ojai CA. Commissioned 1946. Middle photo by Wayne Andrews. Bottom large photo by Maynard L. Parker. Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1949 - The Frederick Hoffman Wood House, Mill Hill, in Fairfield CT. Commissioned 1947. Photos by Wayne Andrews.
1949 - "Cottage for Constance," Malibu CA.
1949 - The A. H.
1727 North Dillon Street, Los
Angeles CA. Sold in 2004 to Thomas N. Hill.
1949 - The Floyd Ross House, Palos Verdes CA. Unbuilt. Designed with Aubrey Horn.
1949 - The Household Magazine House. Unbuilt.
1949 - The Mrs. Arthur Shepard House, Palos Verdes CA.
1951 - The H. E.
2305 West Silver Lake Boulevard,
Los Angeles CA.
1955 - The House Beautiful Pace-Setter House, aka the Texas State Fair House, 12020 Stone Brook Circle, Dallas TX. Designed with University of Texas students David Barrow, Don Legge, Bill Hoff, Neil Lacey, Pat Chumney, and Haldor Nielsen. Commissioned 1954. Exhibited at the State Fair of Texas, then sold to Robert Phillips Jr. and moved to its present location. The house number seems have changed; the block is in the 6000's. Photos by Maynard L. Parker, David Barrow Jr., and G. A. McAfee. Construction video here.
1955 - The Balcones House #1, designed for the Austin Corporation, 4002 Edgemont Drive, Austin TX. Sold to Alpha Brown Brunson.
1956 - The Courtney M. Townsend House, 2301 Simpson Street, now 1160 NW 16th Street, Paris TX. Featured in Life Magazine September 29, 1958. Harris worked on renovation plans in 1974. Sold to Severn Townsend.
1956 - The J. Lee Johnson and Ruth Carter Johnson Residence, aka the Ruth Carter Stevenson Residence, 1200 Broad Avenue, Fort Worth TX. Landscape design by Thomas D. Church. Engineering by Frank Sherwood. Harris did alternations in 1960 and 1963. 6000 square feet on three acres. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Just a few months after Ruth Johnson's 2013 death the house was purchased and demolished by Ardon and Iris Moore (1200 Broad LLC).
1956 - The Louis Frederick House, Barrington IL. Unbuilt.
1957 - The Calvin R. Antrim House, 6160 North Van Ness, Fresno CA. Commissioned 1956. Sold in 2010 to Bennett Shelline Kay And Donald Charles.
1957 - The Hollis S. Baker Vacation House, Northport Point MI.
1957 - The Horace Garrett House, Big Spring TX. Unbuilt.
1957 - The Andrew Kirkpatrick House,
457 Harbor Road, Southport CT.
1958 - The Seymour and Jean Eisenberg House, 9624 Rockbrook, Dallas TX. Sold to Stuart Barkley. Top photo by Wayne Andrews. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Commissioned 1957.
1958 - The Leon B. Cohen House, Dallas TX. Unbuilt.
1959 - The J. M. Woodall Jr. House, aka the Rhodes House, 808 West Fourteenth Street, Big Spring TX. Commissioned 1958. Sold to Sandra and Wayne Bartlett. Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1959 - The Milton William Talbot, Jr. House, 1508 Dayton Road, Big Spring TX. Commissioned 1958. Vacant for a year. Sold in 1971 to Tumbleweed Smith.Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1959 - The John S. Treanor House, 2617 Oldham Lane, Abilene TX. Commissioned 1958. Won an Award of Merit from the Texas Society of Architects. Sold in 1984 to Delores and Paul Washburn. Small photos from Harris' slide collection.
1959 - The Louise Brown House, Monte Vista Drive, San Berardino CA. Unbuilt.
1959 - The Cole Weston House, Big Sur CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - The Wesley Francis Wright Jr. House,
3504 Lexington Avenue, Dallas TX.
1963 - The J. Francis and Primrose Paschall House,
1527 Pinecrest, Durham
Commissioned 1962. Sold to
Scott T. Howell and Doreatha Taylor in 1995. Sold to Donald C.
Mullen and Tamara Brooks in 1997. Renovations expected in
2011. 1963 - The
John Headley Renovations, Laurel Hill Road, Chapel Hill NC.
1963 - The Henry Miller Cottage, Marsh Lane and Keller Springs Road,
Dallas TX. 1964 - The Frank W.
1964 - The Henry Zaytoun Residence, Raleigh NC. Unbuilt.
According to Henry Zaytoun in 2010, in 1968, the Zaytouns hired architect
1965 - The Vernon Watson Pugh House II, Buggs Island,
1966 - The Wayne Andrews House,
Gross Pointe MI. Unbuilt.
1966 - The George T.
and Eugenia Sweetser House, Apple Lane, Laurel Park, Hendersonville NC.
Has been sold.
1963 - The John Headley Renovations, Laurel Hill Road, Chapel Hill NC.
1963 - The Henry Miller Cottage, Marsh Lane and Keller Springs Road,
1964 - The Frank W. Klingberg House,505 Hawthorne Lane, Chapel Hill NC. Harris did not design the house but he modified the entryway and the Klingbergs were instant fans. A visit here prompted Kenneth Sugioka, above, to commission Harris a few years later. Sold to William Leuchtenburg in 1982. Photo by Leilani Carter.
1964 - The Henry Zaytoun Residence, Raleigh NC. Unbuilt. According to Henry Zaytoun in 2010, in 1968, the Zaytouns hired architectJoe Nassif instead.
1965 - The Vernon Watson Pugh House II, Buggs Island,
1966 - The Wayne Andrews House, Gross Pointe MI. Unbuilt.
1966 - The George T. and Eugenia Sweetser House, Apple Lane, Laurel Park, Hendersonville NC. Has been sold.
The William and Carol
Van Alstyne Residence,
1702 Woodburn Road, Durham NC.
1963. After their
divorce, Carol (now Frances) took full ownership in 1979. Now
a rental house. Small photos
from Harris' slide collection.
Garden House for Joseph and Cynthia Hardison,
1968 - The Vernon Watson Pugh House III, aka Tara Farm, Raleigh NC. Commissioned
1967 - Garden House for Joseph and Cynthia Hardison,2801 Lakeview Drive, Raleigh NC. John P. and Catherine Z. McConnell bought it in 2002.
1968 - The Vernon Watson Pugh House III, aka Tara Farm, Raleigh NC. Commissioned 1967. Unbuilt.
1968 - Designed for Kenneth and Mary Sugioka,
319 Bayberry Drive, Chapel Hill NC.
Commissioned 1967. Harris frequently brought students to see the house. He insisted the
family not put anything up on the walls, and they complied. It
was only after his death that the artwork went up! After
Hurricane Fran damaged the house in 1997, Werner Hausler did the
renovation, faithful to the original plans. The Sugiokas
recall Harris as a "delightful individual with a dry sense of
1969 - The Ralph C. and Evelyn Bryant House, aka Magnolia Cottage, aka Cypress House, aka Cedar House, 1500 Lake Dam Road, Raleigh NC. Purchased by the City of Raleigh in 1983 as part of a park. Now available as a rental for weddings and meetings. Commissioned 1967. Large photos by Rusty Long circa 2007. Small photos by Harris at the time of construction.
1969 - Left photo, Harris in his own home/office at 122 Cox Avenue, Raleigh NC, known as the “Box on Cox". Harris lived next door in the green bungalow (still there) during construction. He left the building to the NCSU School of Design Foundation which sold it to Synergetics principal T. C. Howard in 1992. In 2002, it was bought by Natural Capital Investments as offices for Williard Ferm Architects. Top photo by Joann Sieberg-Baker. Small photos from Harris' slide collection. Bottom photo by Leilani Carter from the TMH 2010 Modern Homes Tour.
1971 - The H. Stanley
and Alice R. Bennett Residence,
107 Bowden Road, Chapel Hill NC. Sold
to Peter Petrusz in 1978. Sold in 1992 to Maria Petrusz. Photos
from Harris' slide collection.
1974 - The Harold B. Love Renovations, 609 Sampson Place, Raleigh NC. Unbuilt.
1975 - The John T. Caldwell House,
1974 - The Harold B. Love Renovations, 609 Sampson Place, Raleigh NC. Unbuilt.
1975 - The John T. Caldwell House,1101 Marlowe Road, Raleigh NC. Unbuilt. See next entry.
1975 - Harris instead did a renovation to the John T. Caldwell house at 3070 Granville Drive, Raleigh NC. The house was destroyed around 1997 and a new one built by landowners William and Judith Allen, bottom photo.
1977 - The Ruth Carter Stevenson Vacation House, Valley View Drive, Roaring Gap NC. Unbuilt.
1978 - The William J. Watson House, 9413 Bartons Creek, Raleigh NC. Construction by the owner. Three acres. Commissioned 1977. Available for rent.
1980 - Renovations to the Dodd-Hinsdale House,330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC. Commissioned 1979. Barbara Campbell was the owner at the time. In 1993 it was sold to Ted and Peggy Reynolds, who turned the house into Second Empire, an upscale restaurant and well-executed historic preservation.
1980 - The Pamela Gann and William Van Alstyne House,1714 Tisdale Street, Durham NC. Unbuilt.
Sources include: NCSU Archives, Bill Waddell, Thomas Crowder, Kenneth Sugioka, William Watson, William Van Alstyne, Frank Klingberg Jr., Carol Frances, Harwell Hamilton Harris by Lisa Germany (now Ziegler), Barry Isaacson, University of Texas at Austin Archives, Harris 1979 Oral History by Judy Stonefield, Blockshopper, Virtual GlobeTrotting, New York Times, California Arts & Architecture: A Steppingstone to Fame: Harwell Hamilton Harris and John Entenza: Two Case Studies, by John Crosse; Houses by Harwell Hamilton Harris March 1940 (reprinted from The Architectural Forum); Harwell Hamilton Harris: A Collection of His Writings and Buildings (1965), NCSU School of Design