457 Osage Ridge Road, Augusta, MO
In a clearing atop a ridge, with woods all around and views for miles, sits this Bernoudy treasure - a very special 73 acre country estate in the heart of Missouri's wine country. Less than an hour from St. Louis, this architecturally significant home enjoys (breathtaking) commanding views of the Missouri River Valley. Intelligently designed for full-time living and gracious entertaining, the well-appointed, fully equipped and immaculately maintained house has a loft, 2 large terraces and 2 fireplaces. Cedar shake roof and old cypress interior wood walls framing huge windows add to its allure. A very special place. “Splendor in the Woods”, some might say.
Charles Dubois, A.I.A.
Palm Springs Lifestyle - In The Indian Canyons
2406 S Caliente Drive, Palm Springs, CA
Designed by Charles Dubois, A.I.A., and built by Roy Fey in 1980, this home is located in the highly desired Indian Canyons neighborhood of south Palm Springs. Inside, soaring ceilings appear to float above clerestory windows with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and swaying a palm trees. Expanses of glass in the living areas frame views of the pool and simultaneously connect the indoors to the outdoors. With it custom maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, the spacious kitchen is ready for entertaining. The large pool, spa, outdoor kitchen/bar and fire feature, surrounded by inviting seating areas, complete the outdoors. The stage is set for living the Palm Springs
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
Bruce Walker, F.A.I.A.
The Ferris House, 1954
431 East 16th Avenue, Spokane, WA
Mary Jean and Joel E. Ferris III hoped to build a modernist home, a sensibility they so much admired, but the neighborhood association would have nothing to do with it. So they were advised by his "Uncle Joel" to build in the middle of his (then) 4 acre property. Protected by massive walls and surrounded by 50 year old mature trees, they turned to Bruce Walker to build them a home where no "nosy neighbors" could tell them what they could or could not build. They were fortunate in that Mr. Walker was in Spokane at the time building the new Washington Water & Power Headquarters. Walker, a Harvard-educated Spokane native, was greatly influenced by the southern
Marc Atlan Design with Oller & Pejic, Architects
Black Desert House
Yucca Valley, CA
Beyond shelter, Black Desert House is an artistic counter-point to a landscape born of fire, and sculpted over the last 100 million years. Conceived to read as a shadow cast within great piles of monzogranite boulders, the residence offers the quintessential desert experience: immersion into the timelessness of the vast desert panorama. By day the residence protects like a cave; at night it dissolves in the surrounding array of stars. Informed by the modernist aesthetic, the geometry of the structure minimizes distractions, while curtain glass walls eliminate indoor-outdoor distinctions. The public spaces open to the sheltered entry courtyard, broad view terraces, and the private swimming
Jules Gregory, Architect
315 Goat Hill Road, Lambertville, NJ
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.
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
Blue Sky Systems Architecture
The Graham Residence, 2011
56040 Nelson Avenue, Yucca Valley, CA
With little disruption to the natural environment during its construction, Blue Sky Building Systems’ sustainable Graham Residence is enhanced by the ten-acre rugged terrain in which it sits. Upon first sight, the right angles of the structure may appear to conflict with the rounded granite surfaces surrounding the house, but the rectilinear geometry of the structure is the perfect counterpoint to an otherwise undulating terrain of ancient rocks and desert landscape. Rather than demonstrating humankind’s prowess to conquer nature by manipulating the environment to suit human needs, the Graham Residence changes the dialogue from conquering nature to being part of nature, while opening up
Valentino Agnoli, Architect
Owl and Beaver House, 1997
27604 23rd Place, Branford, FL
The Owl and Beaver is a raised curvilinear sculptural building on the crystal clear Ichetucknee river. The house was designed and contracted by San Francisco architect Valentino Agnoli, an architect known for curvilinear structures, for physician author Michael Samuels as a meditation and writing retreat. It is 600 feet with a kitchen dining room, living room, bedroom and bath on the main floor and a bedroom under the bow. It was built to be like a poem or a meditative vision. It resembles an upside down boat and it's ridge pole and keel come together to support the structure like a kiss. It is up in the trees of an ancient cypress forest like a tree house, and it has views of the