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City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles
by Jennifer Ash Rudick ; photography by Firooz Zahedi

One would expect a book on tony LA homes to be dominated by Hollywood notables. Refreshingly, the number of homes of those in the fields of architecture, design, and art more than double those of producers and directors. Curious, though, for a tome about LA houses are the very few ground-up projects, but that is countered by renovations of Modernism’s greats—Rex Loterey, FAIA, Ed Fickett, FAIA, Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, FAIA, Rudolf Schindler—and numerous Revival homes. Myriad styles are duly represented as we get a glimpse into the lives of noted Angelenos, from the classically modern vibe of art and culture mavens Ann Philbin and Cynthia Wornham’s Buff, Straub & Hensman (renovation: Chu + Gooding; landscape: SAH/SCC Life Member Lisa Gimmy), to the wildly eclectic spread of Tony Duquette protégé Hutton Wilkinson, and the surprisingly subdued and unmannered Malibu beach house of trendy interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Given that the text stresses interviews and lifestyles of the homeowners, seeing them in their habitats would have added another layer. But, then again, it could hamper the reader/viewer’s ability to live vicariously—and terribly elegantly—through the images of these 27 homes. Personally, I see myself in the Garcia House by John Lautner, FAIA, even though it’s owned by SAH/SCC Life Members John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke.

Vendome Press, 2018, 392 pages, hardcover, $75.

 

 

 

 
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