Buff, Straub and Hensman, F.A.I.A.

The Thomson Residence, 1957


Pasadena, CA

SOLD

Featured on the rear cover and pages 50-55 of Donald Hensman's book Buff & Hensman, this home is an important example of the architects' early post-and-beam work. The home was the Winner of the 2012 Preservation Award from the City of Pasadena for its museum-quality restoration during 2011-2012, and also a featured story in the Los Angeles Times on January 5, 2013. Virtually every surface was restored or re-built to exacting detail. All new systems were added including plumbing, electrical, roof and zoned heating/air conditioning. Kitchen features Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele appliances. The two-story glass and wood pavilion is located within the Poppy Peak Historic District

Richard Neutra, Architect

The Barsha Residence, 1938


Los Angeles, CA

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The Barsha Residence, 1938. Rescued from the path of the Hollywood Freeway, and moved to its new site in Santa Monica Canyon, the Barsha Residence retains much of its original historic fabric. Here is an exciting opportunity to restore an early classic Neutra Residence located in one of Southern California's most desirable neighborhoods. When properly restored, the structure will certainly become one of the Canyon's most famous and important landmarks. From its site, it is an easy walk to the beach. The original garage is converted into a quest quarters w/bath, and a new garage has been added.

Philip Kimmelman, Architect

The Kimmelman Residence, 1957


Los Angeles, CA

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First offering: The architect's own family residence. More often than not the creative individuals behind many great commercial projects do not receive the public awareness their contributions deserve. They work modestly behind the scenes, and credit goes to the firm. So it was with Philip Kimmelman who served as Chief Project Architect for numerous Welton Becket structures, some of them LA icons, for 40 years. His Pasadena Bullocks remains a landmark among department stores, and in his own home he exercised a sure, skilled hand, deftly contrasting a wealth of disparate materials.

Great homes usually begin with a great site, and Kimmelman selected one of the best

Robert Desmoulins, Architect

Modern Panoramic Villa, 1970


Near Fontainebleau, FR

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This beautiful glass house with swimming pool was built by architect Robert Desmoulins in 1970.

Located about an hour’s drive from Paris, the home is in the famous forest of Fontainebleau, in picturesque scenery and absolute quiet of preserved nature. The property is composed of a main house of 400 m² and a guest house of 70 m² in a 4 hectares park.

The upper level of the main house includes a large entrance, a triple living room with a fireplace and a dining room, an open kitchen and a master suite with bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. This level is lined by a flowing wood balcony that overlooks the vegetation. The lower level holds three bedrooms and

John Lautner, Architect

The Schaffer Residence, 1949


Glendale, CA

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The Schaffer Residence, 1949. Hidden in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, the redwood, concrete & glass residence opens to the oak forest that influenced the form and orientation of the design. A meticulous restoration of systems, as well as surfaces, hardware & appliances has been completed. This published, world class architectural treasure incorporates open plan living, dining and den areas, two bedrooms, one & a half baths, laundry and attached two carport. In nature and apart, yet just 15 minutes to downtown Los Angeles.

Harold B. Zook, Architect

The Griffith Residence, 1948


Pasadena, CA

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First Offering: The Griffith Residence, 1948. Set
carefully within the landscape, the low profile
emphasizes a natural horizontal flow across
the acre plus hilltop site. Being set back from the
private drive, and behind a planted circular motor
court, a park-like estate feeling is conveyed. The
public rooms showcase panoramic city and
mountain views through floor to ceiling glass
walls, while the requisite covered patio and
grassy yard extend the entertainment flow to the
outdoors. The architect, with training under
Swiss master Albert Frey, creates a lasting
statement of post-war modernism that is

John Lautner, Architect

The Anne Baxter Remodel


Los Angeles, CA

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The Anne Baxter Remodel First offering since 1966. Virtually unknown today, this longtime residence of agent Hal Gefsky hides Lautner's explosive open plan interiors, designed for Frank Lloyd Wight's granddaughter, behind an original Norman Facade. Photos at the Getty Research Institute reveal the exciting potential to restore a unique Hollywood celebrity lifestyle where entertaining is the focus of the lower level privacy & self fulfillment the space above.

Kenneth Wing, Sr. & Edward Killingsworth, F.A.I.A.

Dr. L.L. Cowley Residence, 1954


Long Beach, CA

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Dr. L.L. Cowley selected this sylvan grove of sycamores on over a third of an acre. From the exterior, the house retains the architectural elements that are a trademark of Kenneth S. Wing's beach aesthetic: board and batten siding, a front entrance that consists of a breezeway and courtyard built on descending levels, a highly articulated roof line, and mullioned and bay windows leading to the front entry. The interior's long expanses of glass, the brick fireplace and carefully scaled rooms overlooking the swimming pool were all done in a style that Killingsworth would become known for. With a formal dining room area, en suite master bedroom, two additional bedrooms and baths, the

Rex Lotery, F.A.I.A.

The Spanner Residence, 1968


Woodland Hills, CA

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A north-facing hillside presents a special challenge. At the Spanner Residence (1968) mid-century master architect Rex Lotery, F.A.I.A. developed a solution in which light and space are gloriously one. Completely unlike Lotery’s sprawling one-story Trousdale designs, here a vertical 2-story exterior suggests a conventional division into ground-floor public spaces and walled-off upper sleeping floor. At entry the visitor discovers instead a series of interlocking volumes and spaces on multiple levels unfolding as one progresses from one to the next. Light suffuses all, from mitered corner windows and high clerestories. Yet each space is clearly and functionally defined. Patios, pool and


Desert House


Palm Springs, CA

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J. Smeaton Chase estimated in 1923 the total full-time population of Palm Springs to be less than 200 souls, including the native population. The early residents did not trouble themselves with records and the genesis of this particular desert oasis has been lost to us. Local rumor dates construction back to the mid-twenties. A 1932 Grant Deed and the cement brick construction (popular in the 30’s and 40’s because of its insulating qualities) would imply the principal hacienda portion was completed shortly thereafter. Desert House has evolved since then and today, with updating and restoration completed in 2011, the residence affords modern comfort and convenience while evoking the