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 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 modernâ€¦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
R.M. Schindler, Architect
The Roxy Roth Residence, 1946
Studio City, CA
Rudolph Schindler’s Roth Residence, 1946 with recent studio space by Barbara Bestor: Unless prepared, one’s first reaction to the Roth Residence is likely astonishment. The structure simply defies conventional concepts of dwelling. Yet the real drama and success of the life space reveals itself slowly. Walking up the front staircase to the entry one wonders what might be behind that door? The entry vestibule reveals another staircase, a straight compressed assent into the light. With the placement of cabinetry at the top of the stairs nothing is revealed until one is fully enveloped in great living space and panoramic vistas. At that instant it all makes sense. Why not live in a work of
Robert Earl, Designer
Royal Oaks Modern Estate, 1959
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 faÃ§ade, 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
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
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
The Bolinas Vista, 1976
Perfectly executed Organic-Modern construction on a knoll top lot with sweeping panoramic views. Polished concrete floors, soaring ceilings, and handsome post & beam construction. Top of the line kitchen remodel with Black Walnut highlights. Four bedrooms with the ideal layout for all users. Great guest quarters and a well-sized master bedroom with huge closet space and an over-sized master bathroom.
Set on a private acre in Fairfax’s coveted Bolinas Ridge, this architectural gem with panoramic views and a sprawling lawn will leave a lasting impression. A single-level home set back down a long, private driveway. Multiple pool sites if the buyer chooses, or keep as