Works House, Architect John Replinger
Meandering westward on that sunny Saturday, we came to the Works house, built in 1969 on the far west side of the urbanized area at the time. This house incorporates a shed roof, perhaps the first of John’s houses that used that design. The Slichter house and Ormsbee house, designed in the following year, used the same roof system. During that period, the architect was also using a flat-roof design with interior courts, as seen in the Peterson house (1969) and the Watanabe house (1972).
The five-year period from 1968 through 1972, during which he designed nine houses, was the most productive period of Replinger’s architectural practice.
Note the prominent, sculptural chimney hood, a feature that John often gave as a gift to his clients (by deducting the cost from his fee).