Thornton Abell, FAIA

The Beck House, 1950

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Thornton Abell, FAIA

The Beck House, 1950



This Case Study Architect’s early post & beam design gained National recognition as an Architectural Record Record House shortly after completion. Setback, and walled from Roscomare Road, the residence opens to a U-shaped central court, and out to a wide lawn and garden. Behind the garden a trail leads up to a hidden studio/office retreat. All is near to nature. This is surprising given the close-in Lower Bel Air location, just a few minutes to U.C.L.A. and Westwood. Today, with the exception of some minor re-purposing of rooms, and garage, Abell’s original winning open-plan interior space is fully intact, inviting ideal indoor-outdoor California garden living. Sited on over 3/4 of an acre, the residence includes: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, library/den, detached retreat with nearby privy, and a 2-car garage now used as an art studio.


  • Property ID: 29898
  • Price: $3,000,000
  • Living Area: 2128 s.f.
  • Land Area: .79 acre
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Garage: 1
  • Garage: 2-cars
  • Year Built: 1950
  • Property Type: Single Family Home
  • Property Status: Sold
  • Architect: Thornton Abell, FAIA
  • Prop-State: CA

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