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Category : Laguna Beach Real Estate
James Hubble House and Studio Tour
Please join Laguna Friends of Architecture for a special LFA tour of this unique and artistic desert home. Tour date is Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:00AM near Julian (about a 2.5 hour drive from Laguna Beach). Tour tickets are $50.00 per person at the door. Carpooling is encouraged. We’ll share the names soon. Please RSVP to LagunaArch@gmail.com by April 14 to reserve your ticket. Maps and details will be provided with RSVP.
Ilan-Lael “the place” consists of eight structures designed and built by James Hubbell and located on 40 acres near Santa Ysabel, CA. Ilan-Lael currently serves as the home of James and Anne Hubbell, and is the location of Hubbell art studio. It is also home to the Ilan-Lael Foundation, which serves as an art education and nature center; a gathering place for artists and friends; and a retreat space for like-minded people and organizations seeking inspiration in beauty, art, and natural surroundings.
The intent was to create a home that appeared to grow out of the landscape and blend naturally with the gifts of nature. Granite boulders, soft oak-shaded hills with russet etchings of manzanita influenced the design. Buildings were to fit into the landscape, using existing trees and rocks as precious objects to build around. No bulldozers were used and footings were hand-dug. Trees, wildflowers and brush were kept and appreciated for their beauty without irrigation.
The Big Studio
Steel rib construction with six inch “I” beams were used for the first time at Ilan-Lael in this building. This was covered with a network of re-bar and plaster wire, and looked like a gigantic silver cobweb before it was sprayed with a cement-plaster cloak in 1965. This large interior space serves as the main work studio for Hubbell Art Studios.
The Boy’s House
When Hubbell asked his four sons which they would like to have first, a bedroom or a pool, they unanimously chose a pool. The boy’s house was well worth the wait. This habitable sculpture took eight years to complete. Pools of glass and mosaic tile flow throughout. Windows and doors stream light through stained glass. There is an unusual amount of clay expression with many figures growing out of the space. The Boy’s House was only slightly damaged during the fire when a burned limb crashed through the leaded-glass window in the bathroom. James and Anne made this their home during the rebuilding years after the fire.