Just one more post about Louis Curtiss and then I promise to move on to other stuff for a while!  Given that virtually all of Curtiss’ work is “lesser-known”, saying so about some of the following may be redundant!  Still, there are a few places that are more obscure than others.

 

Built in 1909-1910 and demolished around 1944, this Harvey House hotel in Lamy, New Mexico, was named El Ortiz:

Co-authors Wilda Sandy and Larry K. Hancks describe the hotel as being of “Indian Pueblo-Mexican Hacienda persuasion” in their book, Stalking Louis Curtiss.

 

The smallest of several hotels designed by Curtiss, El Ortiz had only eleven guest rooms. The lobby must have been very interesting judging by this view of its fireplace.

 

A view of the lobby of El Ortiz, thoughtfully found by Lara of Sears Homes of Chicagoland.

 

Built as a centerpiece for his Westheight Manor subdivision in Kansas City, developer Jesse Hoel’s residence has been compared favorably to works by Frank Lloyd Wright as well as Greene and Greene:

Hoel residence, 1915-16. 2108 Washington Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

The six-story Jones Store as Curtiss designed it with terra-cotta and glass facade in the Commercial (aka Chicago) Style.

The Jones Store Company, 1902.  It was drastically remodeled and enlarged in 1958 – obscuring or destroying Curtiss’ details.  The building was demolished in 2005.

 

This is how the building looked after its alterations. I have dim memories of shopping here as a kid with my mom in the 1960’s.  Image source: The (amazing) Department Store Museum.

 

This residential design features a green clay tile roof rather than the red found on so many Curtiss designs.

William Rickel residence, 1919. 2000 Washington Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

The Victor Beutner residence had been empty and at-risk for a while but appears to have found a new owner and is now occupied:

The Victor Beutner residence, 1911. 1300 East 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

Rear elevation on Manheim Road.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

Window detail, Beutner residence.  This image was found at Save the Victor Beutner House where it and other interesting images may be seen.

 

Built two years after the Boley Building in Kansas City, this St. Louis building has less glass but similar fenestration patterning:

Ideal Clothing Company Building, 1911. 624 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

One of his earlier residential commissions, this house has an interesting staircase.  Note that the entry glazing goes all the way to the porch ceiling.  A real estate listing on Zillow did not even acknowledge that Curtiss was the architect!  Sorry about the blurry realtor-quality photos:

Porte Haven residence, 1903. 414 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri.  Image from zillow.com.

 

Looking down the center hall from entry with landing leading to staircase at right.  Image from zillow.com.

 

The foot of the stair begins opposite a bay window with seat at the side of the house.  Image from zillow.com.

 

Bonus link!  Check out this interesting church designed by Curtiss in 1893:  Chapel of the Veterans

 

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