NP, c. 1928. Elephant folio. 2 volumes. Photographs bound in original calf with gold-stamped border. Business card of Fred R. Dapprich pasted on inside of front board in both volumes. Collection of 81 toned silver gelatin prints (b/w and sepia tone) by F. R. Dapprich and Jessie Tarbox Beals of the Clarence A. Black Estate in Santa Barbara, California. 61 photos by Dapprich, 19 photographs by J. Tarbox Beals plus 1 unsigned print (likely by Dapprich) mounted on high quality card stock. Photographs in various sizes measuring from 7" x 7" to 8" x 10", each signed in pencil by the artists on the mount.
In 1916, Clarence A. Black, built an ornate Italian villa, "El Cerrito," at 2130 Mission Ridge Road, on what is known as the "Santa Barbara Riviera." Prominent in building the estate was Winsor Soule, the architect. El Cerrito was noted for its stonework, laid by a Scotsman named Peter Poole. Eventually Black sold his estate to Hollywood socialite Hilda Boldt Weber. In 1941 she offered it to President Roosevelt and his staff as a summer residence, and FDR would have accepted had it not been for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two years later, Mrs. Weber conveyed the estate to the sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary, who operated it for many years as the Marymount School for Girls. Marymount is currently a non-denominational, coeducational school, kindergarten through ninth grade, and one of the Riviera's proudest assets.
The lavish photographs show sweeping images of the estate and some of its land, various garden views, including a stunning cactus garden, as well as more detailed exteriors of the entrance gate, driveway, doorways, main-, rear-, and side entrances, courtyard, deck, picnic area, swimming pool, tennis court, fountain, small lake, nursery, stone walls and stairways. Includes one interior of the nursery. Scuffing and minor staining on binding. Sporadic abrasions on spine and edges. Remnant (2" x 1/4") of small printed sticker with lettering "EMPTY RE.." on front board of one volume. Expertly reinforced with binders tape along gutter at front- and rear endpapers. Tiny closed tears on parts of edges at endpapers. Photographs in fine condition. A UNIQUE exquisite tribute, capturing the grandeur of the estate.
10 1/4" x 13 3/8" b/w numbered format silver print portrait of Fred R. Dapprich, made by Milton M. Inman. Photo mounted on 14" x 18" card stock. Verso of card stock with pasted-down plate of the "Associated Camera Clubs of America" with typewritten information on photograph, i.e., club (Los Angeles Camera Club), address (108 Stimson Bldg. Los Angeles. Calif.), title (Dapprich), medium (Bromide), maker (Milton M. Inman), and print number (12). Collection of 12 additional stickers (some in color) & stamps of various American clubs & society's where the photograph was exhibited. One sticker incomplete with one-half missing. Some silvering to outer edges of photograph, otherwise in very good condition. vg. Item #41571
The Architect - Winsor Soule: "Winsor Soule designed Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, which was built in 1907/08. Starting in 1916 (with the San Diego Expo), Spanish Colonial took California, and especially Santa Barbara, by storm. Rather than look to California's historical missions, architects looked to Spanish and Mediterranean roots for inspiration. In the hand of architects such as Winsor Soule, Edward Plunkett, and Reginald Johnson, Spanish Colonial architecture transports the visitor to another world." (Source: Understanding Santa Barbara Architecture by Anthony Grumbine, 2009). With Russell Ray, Soule designed buildings for Cate School in Carpinteria in 1913, as well as homes on the upper Eastside, one of which was for artist Reginald Vaughn at 316 East Los Olivos Street. Their largest commission was the YMCA building at 110 West Carrillo Street, an interesting mix of Mission Revival and Italian styles. He designed the hotel at El Encanto in 1918, considered by some as the most beautifully situated hotel in California. Soule designed The Hodges Hone - Fielding Graduate Institute 1921. In 1924 Soule published the book Spanish Farm Houses and Minor Public Buildings. The papers of the architectural firm of Soule, Murphy and Hastings [Soule, Winsor (b. 1883) ] are held by the University of California at Santa Barbara, Architecture & Design Collection.
The Stonemason - Peter Poole: The Larco Building has been registered as a historic building in Santa Barbara and is renowned for its stone masonry by Peter Poole. In 1903 Poole built his own family home out of sandstone. "...known as Hawthorn Den, it continues to grace Santa Barbara, testifying to the eternal attraction as well as permanence of stone construction." Stone Architecture in Santa Barbara by the Santa Barbara Conservancy.
The Photographers - Fred R. Dapprich & Jessie Tarbox Beals:
Los Angeles based Fred R. Dapprich billed himself as a Pictorial Photographer who specialized in architectural, advertising and portrait photography. He was associated with other Los Angeles art photographers such as Milton Inman and is known to have photographed the Louise and Walter Arensberg foyer with sculptures by Brancusi, the dancer Zora, and for the Automobile Club of Southern California. "Fred Dapprich was a very well known man. He worked with Rudolf M. Schindler and some of the early architects. And Harwell H. Harris, too, for that matter -- because I remember seeing his name when I was first beginning association with these architects...the architectural photographers of that period were mostly specialists in interiors - and exteriors, of course, too - but they were good. They were the forerunners of some of the work that was done in later years." (Julius Shulman interview, 1990 Jan. 12 - Feb. 3, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution). Julius Shulman is considered by many to be the most celebrated Los Angeles architectural photographer.
Jessie Tarbox Beals was an American photographer and photojournalist. She was the first woman to be hired as a staff photographer at a U.S. newspaper (The Buffalo Inquirer). In the 1920's, Beals and her daughter moved to California where she specialized in garden imagery & architectural photography, some of it seen in this album. Many of her clients were wealthy, including several celebrities from the movie industry. After the stock market crash she moved back to New York and renewed her photography career there. Her work was published in The New York Times, Vogue, Ladies' Home Journal, Harper's Bazar, and others.
The Owners - Clarence A. Black & Hilda Boldt Weber:
C. A. Black was the Detroit City controller who became the first President of Henry Ford's initial effort at amufacturing the automobile, i.e., the Detroit Automobile Company in 1900. Eventually, Ford parted ways with the company, and it reformed as the Cadillac Motor Car Company with Black as its President. In 1895, Black married Mary Corning Winslow, daughter of John Winslow, financier of the Civil War vessel "Monitor." For health reasons, the Blacks moved to Los Angeles and then Santa Barbara. Black was a major supporter of the California Art Club.
Ms. Weber was an aspiring Hollywood socialite who also owned the opulent mansion known as Casa Encantada. Gambling debts and bad investments forced Weber to sell the estate to hotel mogul, Conrad Hilton. The Movieland Directory states that in the "1940's [Hilda Boldt Weber] built a huge estate here [Bel Air] before running through millions and dying broke by slitting her own throat."