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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...

Woodstock Farm

A modern architectural gem, Woodstock Farm has been widely published and received the Architecture and Design industry's most prestigious award Architectural Record's Record House of the Year (April 2010). Master Architect Rick Joy (Amangiri Resort, Princeton Train Station, Desert Nomad House et al) was commissioned to design the property, which is highly refined and pure in its presentation while also...

Contemporary Glass & Steel

Designed to maximize the use of natural light, this bold architectural statement combines walls of glass, exposed steel beams and open spaces to create a one of a kind home. Oriented around the cook's kitchen and step-down family area, your attention is immediately drawn to the south-facing pool courtyard. Warm whites, maples and stone finishes are by interior designer Tim Guetzlaff. The three separate...

Modern Bell Canyon

Esteemed architect Ed Niles created the perfect design and function in this modern style home atop a prime and private 57,499 square foot view lot in beautiful Bell Canyon, a guard-gated community in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and north of the 134 Ventura freeway (Valley Circle Blvd. exit). Breathtaking views and natural surroundings highlight this 4 bedroom, 3 bath custom home with newer...

Lucien Hubbard’s Desert Hot Springs Motel, 1947

From his years at Wright's Taliesin West, Lautner understood the desert, and living on the desert. With this intimate knowledge, he designed the Desert Hot Springs Motel. Each of the 4 units became a walled fortress against the elements: heat, cold, wind, sand... and encroaching suburbia. Even as a fortress, light floods in as the unit space flows out to the private walled patios. Each unit is equipped...

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