Classic Homes of Los Angelesby Douglas Woods
A luxurious showcase of the finest homes in the oldest neighborhoods of Los Angeles and environs. This volume offers an exclusive look into the classic homes and gardens in the legendary neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles. Famed for its lavish homes and celebrity residents, one finds here a panorama of richly detailed architectural styles, from Victorian, Tudor,… See more details below
A luxurious showcase of the finest homes in the oldest neighborhoods of Los Angeles and environs. This volume offers an exclusive look into the classic homes and gardens in the legendary neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles. Famed for its lavish homes and celebrity residents, one finds here a panorama of richly detailed architectural styles, from Victorian, Tudor, and Georgian, to Spanish Colonial, Art Deco, and Streamline Moderne. Shown here is the estate of the great Hollywood producer and director Cecil B. DeMille, the former Danny Kaye house in Beverly Hills, and the wonderful Arts and Crafts masterwork by Greene and Greene—the Gamble House—in Pasadena. These works and others illustrate the wide range of period-revival styles popular in Southern California during its "Golden Age of Expansion" from 1899 to 1938. Lush, all-new color photographs capture the grandeur of these homes and their exquisite gardens in the present day.
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Meet the Author
Douglas Woods, a Los Angeles native, has spent the last twenty years as a book dealer, consultant, and private librarian specializing in architecture and the arts.
Melba Levick is the photographer for Rizzoli’s Cottages in the Sun and many other books.
D. J. Waldie is a widely published author and winner of the California Book Award for nonfiction.
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Few who hear about Los Angeles think about the architectural treasures here - except for perhaps the now famous creations on Grand Avenue courtesy of Frank Gehry (Disney Hall), José Rafael Moneo (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles), Arata Isozaki (Museum of Contemporary Art) etc. But in this well-designed, rich in photographic art (Melba Levick) and very well written book by Douglas Woods the reader is taken on a journey through the neighborhoods of Los Angels and surrounding suburbs and gives us a complete insider view of some massive and immensely interesting edifices. Pasadena shines in this book as the writer and photographer leisurely escort us through the Greene and Greene Gamble House just up the street (or boulevard) from Frank Lloyd Wright's 'La Miniatura' and on to the Huntington (now) Museum, Library and Gardens of architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey. Hancock Park is shared by tours through the many mansions in that spectacular neighborhood and then there are all the expected mansions found in Beverly Hills - homes of the stars that still gather tour bus crowds. All types of architecture are explored and few people knew the abundance of architectural treasures prior to this fine book. Subject aside, this fine Rizzoli book is special because of the well-researched yet conversational style of the writing of Douglas Woods. Melba Levick's photography is of the first order, whether that be in giving the full scope of the exterior property on which the mansions rest or sharing little details within the homes. There is also a learned introduction by DJ Waldie that sets just the right mood for this journey through the lesser known (and far more dignified) aspects of the bright lights of Los Angeles. Highly Recommended for reading and viewing. Grady Harp