Leon Brown & Thomas Wright, F.A.I.A.
Exceptional Living: A Bauhaus Oasis in the City
3025 Arizona Avenue NW, 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
Pierre Fauroux, Architect
Contemporary Realization, 2003
, near Grenoble, FR
This remarkable contemporary realization is the work of the architect Pierre Fauroux. Between minimalism of the forms and strong expression of materials (concrete, glass, varnished red wood, slate of Angers for the groundâ€¦), this "swimming pool-house" impresses through its balance and its serenity.
The house is located in a small village of the low valley of IsÃ¨re, halfway between Grenoble and Valencia (30 minutes), snuggled up between hill and river at the foot of the massif of Vercors. Ski runs and golf are at 15 minutes of the house.
This house of 600 mÂ² with a streamlined silhouette and a roof terrace brings down hides into the
Harwell Hamilton Harris, F.A.I.A.; Leland Evison, A.I.A
The De Steiguer Residence, 1936, 1951
1444 Poppy Peak Drive, Pasadena, CA
Moved to the Poppy Peak Historic District in 1951 by Leland Evison to avoid demolition during the construction of the 134 Freeway, Harris's two-story, hillside design is an expression of modern architecture that incorporates minimalist aesthetics with the modern ranch. Evison's relocation of the De Steiguer Residence to Poppy Peak further expands on Harris's interpretation of the California hacienda or ranch. The western-facing, modest profile and low-pitched roof blend seamlessly into the hillside setting resulting an unassuming exercise of unpretentious pre-war housing. The east-facing rear side of the house is expressed through the horizontal ribboning of large windows
Eliot Noyes & Bob Graf, Designers
The Noyes-Graf House, 1966
62 Moriarity Drive, Wilton, CT
In 1966 Eliot Noyes and Bob Graf designed the iconic Mobil service stations that would come to define a sleek new modernism in America. This is Bob Graf's own home, mid-century modern perfection restored and improved to energy efficient 21st century standards. The granite walls are stunning, the rosewood details sublime. But what you'll remember are the expansive views from this hilltop setting on 2 manicured acres overlooking a beautiful pool to 150 acres of woods and streams.
George Deutsch, Designer
Expressionist Modernism above the Outpost, 1963
7187 Macapa Drive, Los Angeles, CA
George Deutsch, a master craftsman and cabinet maker from Germany, worked on a number of John Lautner's projects. Closely involved with the Lautner office, George eventually built his own Lautner-designed house just around the corner from John's famous Carling Residence. This property, just two doors from Deutsch's Lautner House, has often been mistaken in the past for one by Lautner as well. But George built this house on his own. The design successfully reflects George's deep immersion in the design concepts and esthetics honed while working in the Lautner circle. Carefully sited, the triangular two-story design seamlessly integrates the indoor space with the outdoors.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
The Louis Penfield House, 1955
Willoughby Hills, OH
The Louis Penfield House is one of about 100 Usonian homes built nationally by Frank Lloyd Wright. Each design was site-specific to take advantage of the view and terrain. The typical Usonian floor plan included small entryways, narrow passages, large central fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. The designs were also tailored to each individual client, which is why the Penfield House is unique among Wright designs. Louis Penfield was 6'8â€ tall; the home was designed to accommodate his tall stature.
Privately situated on 18.45 wooded acres with approximately 600 feet of Chagrin River frontage, the house is located across from Lake Metroparks' Gully Brook
R.M. Schindler, Architect
The Tischler House, 1949-1950
175 Greenfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #506. First time on the market since completion in 1950. Schindler's 1952 article, "Visual Techniques," discusses the subjects of "color plasticity, translucency, reflectors and light." These visual techniques are clearly expressed in this monumental three-story street facade topped with a blue translucent, sky-like roof resembling an "upside-down glass-bottomed boat." Glass planes above the kitchen and master bedroom appear to make the house transparent throughout. The nearly free-floating metal fireplace in the living room was completed by Adolph Tischler, an artist and metalsmith. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in the
Glassrock House, 2010
20 Old Oaks Road, Cold Spring, NY
ECOLOGY IS THE ULTIMATE LUXURY. Energy efficient and environmentally designed LEED SILVER Certified home is wonderfully accented by architectural butterfly roof line. Live beautifully capturing the essence of what nature offers with minimal impact on the planet. This homes re-purposing of natural energy and low maintenance construction materials equates to ease of care offering a comfort and luxury not often attainable. A blending of organic and raw finishes reflect quality and strength. Superb attention to minimalist aesthetic melds clean lines for a loft-like feel. A modernist retreat privately nested on 5+acres down a long scenic drive. Enjoy close-by town of Cold Spring for river front
Edward Durell Stone, Architect
The Walter H. Johnson Residence, 1954
3 Dogwood Lane, Darien, CT
Departing from the Modernist institutional designs that brought Edward Durell Stone international acclaim, the Johnson residence, with it's wood and glass façade and A-frame design, is no less significant than his large-scale public commissions. Stone's organic blend of glass and wood is a welcome surprise to anyone entering the long, unremarkable driveway off of a cul-de-sac. Located in Darien, Connecticut, the open floor plan of Stone's two-story design adds additional volume to the 2,300 square-foot, four bedroom, two bath residence. Stone's generous use of glass on both levels of the house rarely allows its inhabitants to be disconnected from the 1.1 acre parcel the
St. Croix Dome, 1964-1966
47 Estate Grange, Christiansted, VI
Built between 1964 and 1966, the dome is a one-of-a-kind monolithic dome - a single piece seamless structure. The Dome's shell is composed of steel reinforced concrete. The St Croix Dome is highly energy efficient, disaster resistant, cost effective, relatively low maintenance and attractive.
Set atop a private one acre hill, this private home has been recently transformed into a modern and spacious five-bedroom, four-bath home with 180 degree views of the aqua Caribbean and the rolling green hills of St. Croix's undeveloped pasture lands. The over 4,500 total square feet of living area is accented by a 24 foot central dome skylight that allows for beautiful natural