Landmark Houses: Ray Kappe in Rustic Canyon
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Ray Kappe house, a natural wonder in Pacific Palisades( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
By Sean Mitchell
Of more than 100 houses that Ray Kappe has designed over his long and distinguished career, the one he designed for himself and his family in Los Angeles' Rustic Canyon is the most important. "Maybe the greatest house in Southern California," Stephen Kanner, the former president of American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter, said in a 2008 interview. That year, when the Home section polled architects, historians, academics and critics on Southern California's best houses of all time, the 1967 Kappe residence landed at No. 8, ranked among classics by Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Charles and Ray Eames.