Calvin Straub, F.A.I.A. Design

Buff, Straub and Hensman, Architects

Pasadena, CA


The Holland/ Goudzwaard Residence, 1958-2007

If there is a direct link with today’s environmental concerns in architecture with the California Case Study Architects, it would have to be through Calvin Straub. His dedication to create responsible environmental design, and show how the built environment can be an integral part of a better world, is perfectly demonstrated here at the Holland/Goudzwaard Residence. The property reflects meticulous care, with sensitive updates by architectural designer Bob Moore, who was recommended to the house by Don Hensman. Sited up a private drive, on a mountain promontory, the residence offers a retreat to peace, privacy within a

Harwell Hamilton Harris, Architect

The Mary and Lee Blair Residence, 1939

Los Angeles, CA


A genuine Masterpiece of Southern California's built environment. Following a meticulous multi-year restoration the property reflects a timeless brilliance in terms of siting, use of materials, use of space, suitability to purpose, and fully resolved architectural integrity. The magic of the artists' residence and studio is alive and well, ready to enliven and enhance the life of the next special owner(s) whose lifestyle is compatible with this unique offering.

Sa'Di Architecture

The Banks Residence, 2007

Venice, CA


The Banks Residence, 2007. Architect Sarah Didvar Saadi's creation of the modern beach bungalow is an exercise in restraint without sacrificing quality design and construction. High quality materials are fused together in a modern, warm and inviting style. A loft-like living room, dining area and kitchen are combined with two bedrooms, office and 2 1/2 baths into a space that looks out to green, lush landscaping and provides a private yet atrium-like atmosphere within. The resulting look and feel is in keeping with the origins of the neighborhood, and the timeless achievement promises to age well. The residence is within easy walking distance to the beach and the commercial zone of

Tozier and Abbott, A.I.A.

The Retzler Residence, 1973

Palos Verdes Estates, CA


First Offering: The Ed and Shirley Retzler Residence, 1973. Tozier and Abbott, A.I.A., Architects. Perhaps better known on the Peninsula as one of the celebrated homes created by local craftsman/contractor Robert Halderman, the Retzler residence deigned by William Abbott successfully blends modern and California coastal vernacular reminiscent of sea ranch. A creative site specific design maximizes ocean and city views comfortably merging with the gently sloping topography. Arranged around a central atrium, the pitched ceilings and clerestories create a light filled bay that blends the warm interior space with the outdoors. This offering is especially rare in that it has been carefully

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

The Thomson Residence, 1957

Pasadena, CA


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


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


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


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


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


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