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Casa California: Spanish-Style Houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente / Edition 1

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This book showcases Southern California's most historically significant and beautifully preserved Spanish-revival houses of this century. Twenty-one private homes built between 1922 and 1991 are featured in stunning color photography that captures exterior and interior architectural details, Spanish and Mexican antique furnishings and folk art, and lush landscaping and tiled fountains. Among these are the Adamson House in Malibu, with its extraordinary collection of custom tile from Malibu Potteries; the contemporary Greenberg House in Brentwood, by Ricardo Legorreta; The Andalusia Courtyard Apartments in Hollywood; and Casa Pacifica, the former home of Richard Nixon, overlooking the ocean in San Clemente. Brief narratives highlight the history of each building and its design sources, while the introduction traces historical and cultural influences on the Spanish-revival movement in California.
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Twenty-one private homes built between 1922 and 1991 in South California's eclectic and individualistic Hispanic mission and Mediterranean revival styles are vividly captured in this resplendent work. The book transcends Sunset Magazine-style coverage through a learned foreword by David Gebhard (art history, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) and an informative introduction by former Architectural Digest editor McMillian, who also supplies captions and one- to two-page introductions to each home. Beyond their unique designs and ornamentation, the homes feature dazzling Spanish and Mexican folk art, antiques, tiles, fountains, and landscaping, all luxuriously photographed. Ownership, especially when tied to the area's movie industry, along with details of restoration and renovation, is noted and quotations from architects provided. Although more visual than analytical, the work delightfully captures the vitality and variety of Southern California's most important vernacular architecture. Recommended for regional and interior design collections.Russell Clement, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Barbara Jacobs
Former "Architectural Digest" editor McMillian and photographer Melba Levick take great pains to allow each of these 21 southern California houses a chance to show off without being constrained by undue fuss over their past and present owners. Exteriors and interiors are displayed in sharply focused color, furnishings are described, and a sense of the original architect's intended statement is conveyed. Many of the homes have been converted into museums; still, their architecture amply shows the good and bad sides of Spanish style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847818501
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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