Beginning in 1925, as architectural editor for the San Diego Union he wrote weekly feature articles detailing the elements inherent in this style. He summarized the concept in one of his features:
This new style is characterized by plain walls of modeled stucco in soft, warm tones blending with its planting; rambling roofs,
low pitched, preferably covered with burned clay tiles,
sometimes combined with flat roofs enclosed by plain parapet walls; expansive, deep-set casements and French windows; ornament and moldings used with great restraint and discrimination; variety, charm, and distinction obtained rather by wood shutters, exquisite wrought iron window grills and lattice and quaint projecting balconies; generous mass planting of hardy shrubs and vines around the buildings, and delightful garden areas joined to the house by walls and hedges.
In March 1926, Requa made his first trip to the Mediterranean. During his travels in Spain and North Africa, Requa documented the architecture of these regions with both a still camera and a 16mm movie camera.
Although all of his home designs during the peak years of the 1920s were unique, the Coronado designs stand out as examples of his creative imagination unfettered by the clients’ financial status. In addition to the newspaper articles, many of the homes were featured in national and local publications,
furnishings as well as the landscaping and architectural design.
the articles focusing on the
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