Lynette Jennings, graduate architect and Discovery
Channel TV host
I only have eight minutes, to do this right, we'd need a documentary.
Michael John Pittas, Dean of the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design, from a letter to Applebaum clients, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Appleby:
I want to once again commend you on the most extraordinary architecture of your home. One rarely finds such quality of craftsmanship, detail and drama in a contemporary home. You are indeed very fortunate, and we as architects are doubly fortunate to have experienced this truly masterwork.
Julius Shulman, Architectural photographer:
You are a master at what you do. Your work is tied to the Modernists of Southern California, Harris, Shindler, Wright -- yet it is fresh, new and exciting.
David Gebhard, Architectural Historian, University of Santa Barbara:
Your Matheron House in Escondido is very impressive, and its location overlooking the Wild Animal Park ideal.
Dirk Sutro, journalist, architecture critic and author:
Norm Applebaum is the creator of the quintessential San Diego home.
Cliff May, The late master of the California Ranch House,
admired the architect's work and photographed one of his homes in 1989. They had mutual interests in great architecture and fine music.
Kensington Home & Garden Tour brochure, 1997:
The Mueller Residence, "La Casa Dracena"...is a contemporary expression of sophisticated simplicity designed by architect Norm Applebaum. Norm's creations are influenced by the Japanese House, where visual spaciousness is achieved by use of dropped walls and an abundance of glass panels... Meditate, contemplate, ponder and experience this enlightened masterpiece.
Joseph O. Wong, FAIA, excerpt of letter of nomination of Norm Applebaum, AIA to the College of Fellows. (Read entire letter ):
Norm is a devoted designer, artist, and master-craftsman. He has elevated the profession nationally with his personal practice. His thorough devotion to his clients and projects, his aptitude at originating, expressing, and promoting innovative design when approaching a challenge, his dedication to invention, and his exceptional manner of supporting local appreciation for architecture, all set him apart from his colleagues.
Mary E. Nichols, April 26 though April 29, 2010. Comment made by famous architectural photographer for Architectural Digest at a shoot of "Suncatch", The Estate, Rancho Santa Fe, California.
I have never seen anything like it.
This is the finest house in the world, your genius is beyond words.
To Julius Shulman
With affection and admiration always,
Norm Applebaum Architect