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Roland E. Coate
by Marc Appleton, Bret Parsons, and Steve Vaught

For the second installment in the “Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940” series, the authors focus on the work of Roland E. Coate, FAIA, first known for Early California and Monterey Revival homes, and later adding multiple LA revival styles—Spanish, Georgian, Regency, Colonial—to his repertoire. His skill of adapting styles is best summed up by one of his many Hollywood clients, the actress Myrna Loy, who remarked of her 1936 home: “Our architect designed a sprawling clapboard house combining Colonial grace with the contemporary freedom we wanted.” A hallmark of the series is that projects are shown through facsimile pages of The Architectural Digest in its early days when the focus was on work by Southern California architects (and it still started with “The”). Built between 1924 and 1939, many of the 36 homes featured are in and around Pasadena; remarkably, all but one remain extant.

Tailwater Press/Angel City Press, 2018, 208 pages, hardcover, $60.

 

 

 

 
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