Charles M. Pratt House

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Charles M. Pratt House
Front elevation, 1908-1911 Charles Millard Pratt House, Nordhoff (Ojai), California (NYDA.1987.003.00121).jpg
Charles M. Pratt House is located in California
Charles M. Pratt House
Charles M. Pratt House is located in the United States
Charles M. Pratt House
Nearest cityOjai, California
Coordinates34°27′43″N 119°15′18″W / 34.46194°N 119.25500°W / 34.46194; -119.25500Coordinates: 34°27′43″N 119°15′18″W / 34.46194°N 119.25500°W / 34.46194; -119.25500
Area5.4 acres (2.2 ha)
Built1909
ArchitectGreene, Charles & Henry
Architectural styleBungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference #00001227[1]
Added to NRHPJune 14, 2002

The Charles M. Pratt House near Ojai, California is a historic Arts and Crafts-style house that was built in 1909 as a winter home for industrialist Charles Millard Pratt. Also known as Casa Barranca, it is one of the "ultimate bungalows" designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene of Greene and Greene.

It is a unique house, built for a client with "unlimited resources" in a rural location that allowed the architects to place the house "in a truly natural setting"; this "was the fulfillment of a lifelong interest of the architects." With the building site chosen within the original 14 acre parcel, an adjacent 38-acre parcel was purchased to preserve "the all important viewshed to which the house is directed." The combination of factors allowed the work to be created very consistently with intended principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. The structure and cladding of the building are almost completely honest and devoid of mannered veneers and false beams contained in the other "ultimate bungalows". It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. As of the listing, the house and views are perfectly preserved.[1][2]

The Pratts partially owned the nearby Foothills Hotel, which they could use for entertaining, so "they only needed the house to serve as “sleeping quarters” and family relaxation."[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Robert L. Smith (2001–2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Charles M. Pratt House / Casa Barranca". National Park Service. and accompanying 21 photos
  3. ^ "USC architecture dept site, with photo". Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-06-16.