home is a wonderful example of the emerging post-war modern style.
It is marked by dominant horizontal features, most notably bands of
windows and the expanse of unbroken roof line over the
main parts of the house. The impression from the street is that the
house is a long single box-shaped structure, but in fact it is
U-shaped, surrounding a sunny courtyard. The courtyard is
physically or visually accessible from the three zones of the house
that surround it, fulfilling the dream of outdoor living popularized
in the post war era.
one flamboyant element in an otherwise serene fašade is the room
above the garage with its wall of windows and rakish shed roof.
While it serves as the defining feature of the fašade, the space
within is actually quite detached from the more clearly purposeful
areas of the house. In a way it is entirely analogous to the tower
room of Victorian style homes in that it is not especially useful
but serves as dramatic adornment to distinguish and give character
to the fašade.
house has a bit of celebrity in its past. It was included in an
article about fireplaces in Sunset magazine, April 1949. The house
features two dramatically simple fireplaces trimmed in black marble.
remains almost completely unchanged from its original form and
detail and so serves as an outstanding example of modern
architecture in our community.
B Bold exterior lines of the house.
are all constructed as build-in cabinetry, like the free standing
unit in the entry way. Bedroom and hall closets are of similar
construction and materials.
wood framed glass sliding doors open the living room to the patio
and flood the living room with light.
The courtyard features a flagstone patio and garden areas.
in living room is an exercise in restraint, rendered in opulent but
understated materials. Mantel aligns with window sill on adjacent
wall , contributing to formal orderliness. Fireplace wall is
paneled with redwood.
back side of the entry way coat closet ,which serves as an effective
divider between entryway and living room.
Another fireplace in the den uses the same polished black marble.
The entire den is paneled with redwood.
Built-in buffet in the dining room echoes the horizontal bands of
windows. It hangs on a wall that is covered with redwood burl
band of windows illuminates the hallway to the bedroom wing with
light from the courtyard. Planter on right adds greenery to the
midsection of the house...
...visible through the internal window that separates the hallway
from kitchen nook.
kitchen is utilitarian, spacious, and efficient. This kitchen is
very nice for its day, but crisply delineates how much our concept
of house and home has changed in fifty years. This kitchen is a
no-nonsense workplace, separated from the living areas of the
house, not at all situated to be the hub of entertaining. Materials
and fixtures and utilitarian, not luxurious.
Looking the other way down the hallway toward the bedroom wing.
A door on the right makes for easy access from the kitchen out to
unusual tub in the master bath is by American Standard.
custom made circular stairway from the garage is the only access to
the room above the garage.
A space dubbed "the playroom" in the original plans is flooded with
light. The room was left rough in the original construction,
and only recently has been finished as living space. The plans
called for a small bathroom at the top of the landing, just outside
this room, but it was not constructed.