The Delcourt House: the last house by Richard Neutra

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  • Richard Klein École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille image/svg+xml

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https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.7BZRGWWW

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The only French building by the architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970), Delcourt house, built in Croix near Roubaix, France, is frequently forgotten in publications on his work, and is generally considered to be of little significance in the largely American career of its designer. At the end of the 1960s, Marcel Delcourt (1923-2016), a young Chief Executive Officer at the head of the mail order company Les Trois Suisses, was attracted to the American way of life. As the final work of Richard Neutra, the Delcourt residence is a fragile heritage, the result of complex and fruitful exchanges between Europe and the United States of America (USA), between architects and the client, but also between the customized design of most of the features and the use of sophisticated techniques, products that the interior finish industry was able to supply at the end of the 1960s. The edifice now stands as a repository of domestic architecture techniques.

How to Cite

Klein, R. (2021). The Delcourt House: the last house by Richard Neutra. Docomomo Journal, (64), 50–57. https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.7BZRGWWW

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2021-04-01

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Essays

Author Biography

Richard Klein, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille

(Seclin, France, 1958) Architect, historian of architecture, Professor at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille (ENSAP), member of the Lacth, Chair of docomomo France. His research focuses on the history of 20th century architecture and its representations. He is the author of numerous books (on Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier and Roland Simounet) dealing with the history of Modern Movement.

References

JOLY, Pierre, “La dernière maison de Richard Neutra en France. La nature pour décor”, Plaisir de France, No. 380, juillet-août 1970, 20-25.

KLEIN, Richard, “La maison Delcourt (1967-1970), Richard Neutra architecte, Conservatoire des techniques de l’architecture domestique”, Cahiers thématiques, No. 19, Antonella Mastrorilli & Eric Monin (Dir.), Villeneuve d’Ascq, 2019, 40-49.