For a brief moment in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival and the Mediterranean (Italian) stucco house were the stylistic rage. Middle- and upper-middle-class home magazines abounded with these designs, as did the professional journals of these years. While everyone admitted that the style was eminently logical for Florida, Texas, and above all California, there were also arguments about the rationale for using this mode throughout the country. The Haas house would seem to look directly to examples from Southern California. As with the best examples in California, the Haas house plays off a few openings within its broad, rather abstract stucco walls. In truth, Spanish-inspired houses such as this work well in the Midwest and elsewhere. They seemingly become a part of the landscape through their earthy red tile roofs, and their white walls play off against the intensity of dark green foliage.
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