CA-Modern findings are proof positive—
butterfly roofs are taking flight once again
The attraction is gone for this season, along with the ecotourists who stream to the California coast to see the natural spectacle of the wintering monarch butterflies.
So, until the monarchs' return at year's end, where does one go to find butterflies?
Dedicated modernists have no trouble answering that question, for the butterfly roof, with its jaunty, eye-catching 'V' shape, has always been one of the sweetest elements of the mid-century modern design. Houses with butterfly roofs are also hot properties these days.
As proof, Dave Weinstein's whimsical, new story for the Spring 2014 issue of CA-Modern magazine traces the history and appeal of this architectural species of butterfly—from its 1920s 'chrysalis' in the minds of architectural giants Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, through its heyday in the 1950s, to its recent reemergence on drawing boards of modernist architects from around the world.
Though our engaging tale brings together several sites of butterfly roof sightings throughout California, the place where the most can be caught is in the arid...