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 Gordon, A.I.A.

Modern Ranch Style, 1967

South Pasadena, CA


This 1967 Modern Ranch Style residence was originally designed by local A.I.A. chapter President Robert Gordon, and has been creatively warmed by the current owners incorporating a high quality Nouveau Craftsman aesthetic. Open floor plan interiors with vaulted ceilings flow to the gardens, affording a true sense of indoor-outdoor living. The pool and integral fountains are sited just outside the living room, and there is a nearby view deck for poolside seating. Privately sited on over an acre, the unique micro-climate of the promontory site allows for a multiplicity of garden options, with the present mature landscaping tastefully themed. The rear south & west-facing slopes are

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

Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect

Guy C. Wilson Residence, 1935-38

Los Angeles, CA


Guy C. Wilson Residence, 1935-38. R.M. Schindler, Architect. While few architectural elements are exposed at the street, upon entry the experience of Schindler's architecture is unforgettable. Here is a timeless space for modern living perfectly accommodated to its site. The reservoir views are pervasive from all levels of the residence, that while thoughtfully updated, retains its original aura. The upper level spaces and outdoor terrace invite entertaining, while lower-level bedroom and office areas are filled with natural light. Sited on a street-to-street lot, the residence includes a library, office, external storage, and published gardens by Elysian Landscapes.

Amyas Connell, Architect

Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson Residence, 1931-33

Surrey, UK


Located in the pretty village of Grayswood near Haslemere, is one of the most remarkable and admired in the history of British architecture, a fact which is reflected in its rare Grade II listing.

A substantial five / six bedroom house, surrounded by approximately 12 acres of land, it was originally built for the noted accountant Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson in 1931-33. Designed by Amyas Connell, a pioneering New Zealander who settled in London and formed, alongside Basil Ward and Colin Lucas, one of the most important British architecture practices of the 20th Century, Connell, Ward & Lucas.

The house remains remarkably true to Connell’s original scheme, a

Michael Maltzan, F.A.I.A.

Lake Hollywood Estates Residence

Los Angeles, CA


Architect Michael Maltzan's skillful redesign and upgrade of this single story 1960s Lake Hollywood Estates residence is a perfect marriage of Mid-Century design and 21st century living. Sited on a 11,953 square foot lot, noted designer Antonia Hutt's recent interior design enhances the indoor/outdoor lifestyle made seamless with the use of floor to ceiling fully retractable walls of glass. The ceiling heights have been raised, and the meticulously designed open plan interiors have been carefully conceived for function, privacy and tree-framed views of Lake Hollywood and beyond. The exclusive residence has four bedrooms, but is currently being utilized as a master bedroom, guest bedroom, an

Barcume & King, Architects

The Cedric Belfrage House, 1937

Los Angeles, CA


Architectural historians Gebhard & Winter invented a new style (Monterey Moderne) to describe the character and warmth of this classic 1930's residence by noted architects Barcume & King. As related to the current owner by Belfrage, a Hollywood writer and correspondent, he had the pick of sites when Firenze Avenue was first created. He chose a nearly 1/3 acre knoll-top lot, and was allowed to pick the address 7777. Privacy was assured with the street wrapping around the bottom of the knoll on three sides. Today, a circular pool set in a landscaped garden plays off the curving private drive leading to the attached two-car garage. The residence steps up from the parking plaza to

Jack Ouzounian, A.I.A.

The Ouzounian Residence, 1960

Los Angeles, CA


First Offering: The Ouzounian Residence, 1960.

Rarely does a house fulfill the sweet promise of modernism - but this one does. Inspired by his university instructor, Gregory Ain, the architect created this iconic Mid-Century Modern employing all the tenets of the style, while providing a functional, family-centric home validated by the test of time.

Intact original natural finishes, inventive details, and an open, split-level plan with public spaces sharing the pool area through huge walls of glass all combine to provide an extraordinary background for the contemporary lifestyle. Includes family room, home office with separate entrance, and an oversized