Pierre-Louis Martin, Architect
Modern Villa, 1970
near Bordeaux, FR
This remarkable villa was built in 1970 by the architect Pierre-Louis Martin. Located in a wooded park of one hectare in Médoc, it enjoys the exceptional landscape of prestigious vineyards and seduces thanks to its minimalist design and its materials : flat roof overhanging, glass façades erasing any boundary between interior and exterior, raw concrete. Covering a surface of 3068 square ft., this single storey house articulates its volumes around a large swimming pool with terrace. It offers beautiful reception rooms: entry, large living room with patio, fireplace and dining room overlooking the pool. The office, the master suite and the bedrooms, separated from the rest of the house by a
Over Eight Acres
Belmont, Queen of Castries
Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I
A Rare 19th century Creole great house standing on 8-1/2 acres in St Lucia. This stately and gracious Island residence is set within a lush and vibrant park-like nature preserve overlooking Castries Harbor. Impeccably restored and maintained as the winter residence of a well-known Academy Award winning writer, the property today affords an opportunity to live and share the romantic genteel hospitality of early island living. This is not for those looking for the typical faux island tourist "luxury" amenities, but rather offers the priceless appeal of a private park and residence in the context of the authentic culture of the Island. There are outbuildings. Cocktails are served on
Walter Sidney Orme, Architect
Streamline Moderne Duplex, 1937
803 N Mansfield
Los Angeles, CA
Streamlining is the first new and uniquely American approach that the public could associate with progress and a better life," declared Henry Dreyfuss, designer of the famous 20th Century Limited streamlined locomotive that linked Los Angeles and New York in the late 1930s. Architect Walter Sidney Orme's nod to both Streamline Moderne and Art Deco is evident in this 1937 duplex. Orme makes a strong statement here with aerodynamic exterior curves, long horizontal lines and grooves in the white stucco banding and eyebrow black trim, glass brick, and porthole windows in front and rear doors. The interior's expressive art deco detailing includes zigzag tile patterns, original
A. James Speyer A.I.A., David Haid A.I.A.
The Ben and Frances Rose House
370 Beech St
Highland Park, IL
Built in 1953, the Rose House was designed by architect, museum curator, and Illinois Institute of Technology teacher A. James Speyer for textile designers Ben and Frances Rose.
A. James Speyer, a well-known architect known for designing in the modern style, was also a force on Chicago’s cultural scene for more than 30 years. In 1961 he left IIT to became Curator of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he was for 25 years and highly regarded for his innovative exhibitions and installations.
Also on the property is an automobile pavilion, designed by Speyer’s first graduate student David Haid in 1974. Both
Richard T. Broderick, A.I.A.
Fidalgo Island Lookout
2020 Kansas Avenue
Designed by Richard T. Broderick of Sparkitecture Design Solutions. This 2500 square foot cliff house is elegantly sited on a commanding bluff with ocean and vivid San Juan Islands sunsets. The site falls in a number of steep intervals onto a lower terrace before tumbling further still into a lush tangle of brush and evergreens bordering protected wetlands below. The structure opted for simple, site-informed massing - a trio of stacked rectangular boxes, one more elongated than the last, wedged into the cliffside. The three floors were arranged according to a distinct functional hierarchy – living/social areas on the main first level; master suite in the middle incorporating two separate
Jules Gregory, Architect
315 Goat Hill Road
Voted one of the 10 Best Houses in America by Architectural Record. A sweeping roofline floats effortlessly amidst an open woodland landscape. Mid-Century Modern architect Jules Gregory's masterpiece allows the eye to enjoy a poem formed by the architectural joinery of wood, glass, native stone, and landscape. A footbridge over a seasonal stream leads to a guest quarters' serene sanctuary that artfully counterbalances the main home's exotic curves. Privacy abounds on this 10-acre modern estate. Just beyond the riverside towns of Lambertville and New Hope, the property is minutes to Princeton with easy access to NY and Philadelphia. Furniture is also available.
Harwell Hamilton Harris, Architect
Laing House, 1935
1642 Pleasant Way
Pictured: plate 43, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 'Guide to Architecture in Southern California.' Although trained by Neutra, a salute to Frank Lloyd Wright is evidenced throughout, especially in the way Harris handles the site. In keeping with Wright’s admonition that the building should be of the Hill, and not on the Hill, Harris carefully sets the garage into the slope, and elevates Professor Laing's grand Salon above the garage to frame a picturesque view, while utilizing a portion of the garage roof as an outdoor dining terrace. Residence includes a generous open plan living area with fireplace and outdoor patios.
Craig Ellwood, Architect
The Broughton House, 1949
909 N Beverly Glen
Los Angeles, CA
Craig Ellwood's 1949, Broughton House is a bold precursor of his Case Study designs. Modular construction and Miesian styled steel beams support curtain windows that draw light and afford hillside views. Two bedrooms and a bathroom on main level and third bed and bath below adjacent to car port.
Frank Ferris, Architect
The Crescent Bath House, 1887
201 West Graham Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA
Capitalizing on the eclectic American interpretation of neo-Moorish vernacular architecture, Frank Ferris and business partner Franklyn Heald built their Crescent Bath house directly across the street from California Southern Railroad train station on the corner of Graham and Spring Street.
Colorful bulbous spires and intricately crafted inverted horseshoe arches that frame windows and doorways accentuate its exotic, other worldly Victorian architecture- surely a sight for weary Mid-westerners seeking respite from their lengthy journey. Ten private baths along an eighty-five foot long corridor to the rear of the building provided treatment for a variety of ailments that were