Cliff May, Designer

The Bell Canyon Model Home, 1969

Bell Canyon, CA


Cliff May, native Californian & a self-taught builder of genius, built his entire career on the premise that houses here should all but compel us outdoors into the sunshine every day. Here is May's model home for Bell Canyon, one of his last master-planned horse communities. This meticulously renovated property is in May's "Atomic Ranch" Modern style on a grand scale. The long, low lines of the one-story structure are penetrated by a glorious open porte cochere, dividing auto court, 3-car garages, workshop & two horse stalls from the residence proper. The flat 4/5+ acre lot affords a separate central recreation area with both covered & open patios and a pool,

Steven Holl, Architect

The Planar House, 2002-2005

Paradise Valley, AZ


The Planar House, named for its geometric planes, is an award winning home designed by renowned architect Steven Holl, the 2012 AIA Gold Medal Winner.

Designed as both a residence and the owners private art gallery, the home became not only a vessel for a significant contemporary art collection, but also a part of the art collection.

Holl has built a structure that emphasizes vertical surfaces. He constructed the house of tilt-up concrete walls and designed his slabs to merge at some points and diverge at others, creating small openings to let the light in. The flat and rotated nature of the walls is perfect for displaying artwork. Windows and skylights,

Lloyd Wright, Architect

The Emanuel Gainsburg Residence, 1946

La Cañada Flintridge, CA


Wright's interpretation of the rambling single story California ranch house for pharmacist Emanuel Gainsburg and his family is carefully set in a mature nature garden at the foot of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains. It's hidden away yet permits easy access to downtown Los Angeles. Like a sacred retreat, the environment both indoors and outdoors is peaceful, and conducive to mindfulness. Largely hand built over a period of years from conception, the structure imparts solidity as it is constructed of costly redwood stone, concrete and glass. There have been sensitive updates by architect Rick Corsini to the kitchen, cabinetry, and mechanical systems which facilitate comfortable

Cliff May, Designer

John Arnholt Smith Residence

La Habra Heights, CA


The romance of Alta California is alive and well at the John Arnholt Smith Hacienda designed by Cliff May in 1936. Here, straddling the boundaries and history of both Los Angeles, & Orange Counties, the estate maintains over 2.3 acres of the high ground of one of Southern California's early pastoral ranches. Hand crafted of masonry and heavy timbers like the California Missions themselves, the classic California walled courtyard design, with its wide shaded corridors, invites the casual hospitality, and an indoor-outdoor living lifestyle celebrated since the days of the ranchos. While the early vistas of citrus and avocado are no longer, the unobstructed panoramic City lights

Richard Neutra, Architect

The Kambara Residence, 1960

Los Angeles, CA


Yew, Inadomi, Sokol, Treweck, Flavin, Ohara, Akai, and Kambara: these are the celebrated Neutra Colony houses at Silver Lake. Contrary to appearance, this unique living environment, sheltered within a park-like landscape, was not a planned development. Each residence was carefully executed one by one with the architect's first ground rule being to provide by design for the happiness and well-being of each individual owner, and his family. Neutra understood that well-being was tied directly to the idea of living in harmony with nature, neighbors, and within the family unit itself. That the Kambaras spent their entire lives here treasuring the house, and carefully maintaining it

John Lautner, Architect

The Gantvoort Residence, 1947

Los Angeles, CA


The Gantvoort Residence, 1947.

As one drives down the curving private drive into the glen, only the vaulted metal roof hints of the drama of the architecture - all is hidden. Embarking on the parking plaza one searches for entry, it must be down that long narrow path along the front of the structure.

There is a sense of mystery as one proceeds, but upon entering all is revealed. Here is shelter, light, and warmth. Wood trim softens and integrates the exposed steel trusses supporting the ceiling. Inclined glass walls look out to the natural pool and gardens. Living at one within nature is the gift. Includes: open plan living area, 3 bedrooms, two baths, and

John Black Lee/Toshiko Mori

Lee House No. 2, 1956/1992

New Canaan, CT


This International Style residence is a striking glass and steel structure sited on 2.5 acres in New Canaan Connecticut. The main house was designed in 1956 by prominent modernist John Black Lee.

Harvard Architecture Chair, Toshiko Mori updated the house in 1992 with custom stainless steel window frames & doors, new glass, skylights, baths and kitchen, and a new glass and steel pavilion designed as a studio with bath and 2-car garage. The interior core of the house was given new ceiling heights of 13 feet. At this time the structural columns of the house were changed from wood 4'x4' to stainless steel T's.

In the spring of 2004, Thomas Phifer and Partners

Robert D. Farquhar, A.I.A.

The John Beach Residence, 1941

La Crescenta, CA


The John Beach Residence, 1941: Sited at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, and created during Farquhar's mature period, which also encompassed his work on the Pentagon, the residence reflects a refinement of program and detail honed by a lifetime in architectural design. A classic Italian Villa is the theme, but the notes are modern…space and details are simplified. Rather than exuberance, there is discipline, calm prevails. Public rooms are oriented to garden courtyards. The residence incorporates a formal entry, step down beamed living room, paneled library, tiled formal dining room, modern kitchen, maid's suite, laundry, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and office. The

Robert Earl, Designer

Royal Oaks Modern Estate, 1959

Encino, CA


Classic one-story modern estate on a nearly acre-lot in the heart of Royal Oaks offers one of the finest combinations of house, pool, yard and privacy to be found anywhere. This unspoiled, classic 1950s modern seems conventional at first glance, with earth-hugging horizontal lines; within, however, past the screening façade, space swells and swirls into the dynamic elliptical curves of an open plan double- living room, affording a Cinemascope vision of lush foliage, manicured foothills and distant mountains via floor-to-ceiling glass. The kitchen, a near double-square, orients to the pool and spa through a breakfast area and surveys the grassy yard. In contrast, the circular formal

Leon Brown & Thomas Wright, F.A.I.A.

Exceptional Living: A Bauhaus Oasis in the City

Washington, DC


This stunning custom mid-century modern was designed for luxurious living in a green, resort-like setting on a private 12,600 sq. ft. lot in the prestigious and convenient Washington neighborhood of Kent.

Designed in 1961 by prominent Washington architects Leon Brown, FAIA, and Thomas Wright, FAIA, the three bedroom, four full bathroom home with den, walls of glass and stunning open kitchen-dining living space has been meticulously renovated by the current owners.

The flat-roof design heavily reflects the influence of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius who was chairman of the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Department of Architecture during Wright's