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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833849
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . .stunning new book. . . an exclusive look into some of the finest period revival residences and gardens to be found in and around the area's legendary neighborhoods."  ~Luxlist

"Any sense of envy should quickly give way to local pride for these historical gems." ~Los Angeles Times

"A showcase of classic homes and gardens in the neighborhoods of L.A." ~The Kansas City Star

About 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.

More About the Author

Exploring Southern California's rich and inspiring history through the lens of our built environment is a passion for me.

In my latest book, Dreaming Small, we look at bunk houses, bungalows, Moderns and more to see how the small house of yesterday is being re-purposed by creative homeowners today. Some examples include work by Gregory Ain, Irving Gill, Richard Neutra and Paul Williams, while others were built from plan books. These houses are dreams realized and, in some cases are also imagined pasts made real.

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Here is a short video tour, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Eg7aRVMDM

The California Casa is a sweeping overview of Spanish Colonial Revival residential architecture and features the work of pioneers Bertrum Goodhue and Carleton Winslow as well as masters George Washington Smith, Wallace Neff and Arthur and Nina Zwebell. There is even a surprise Paul Revere Williams. A most logical style to build in our Mediterranean environment, these homes incorporate house and garden better than any others and are still not appreciated enough.

Classic Homes of Los Angeles is a showcase of the rich variety of period revival homes built between the late 1800s and the late 1930s found throughout the Southern California region and includes some of the great but lesser known golden age architects such as Stiles Clements, Roland Coate and Pentagon architects Gordon Kaufmann and Robert Farquhar. D. J. Waldie contextualized the book eloquently in his fine introduction. That, for me, is an honor. He is one of our living treasures. Read his, Holy Land.

Sam Lubell, west coast editor of the Architect's Newspaper, and I have co-authored a book on the seminal architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. Titled, Julius Shulman Los Angeles, The Birth of a Modern Metropolis, we have managed to compile a selection of photographs from his archives that document the development of our great city from the late 1930s through the late 1960s. Many of the images have not been published since their time, or even at all, and they show a side of his work many are not familiar with including early downtown street scenes and his documentation of the city when it was a manufacturing and industrial center.



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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Venice Artichoke on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Classic Homes of Los Angeles beautifully represents the stylistic eclecticism that blossomed in Los Angeles during the first third of the 20th century. The twenty five homes selected range from the well-known Gamble House by Greene and Greene and La Miniatura by Frank Lloyd Wright, to lesser known jewels such as architect Octavius Morgan's own home in the Miracle Mile. Some of the houses are open to the public, but most are still privately owned and elegantly maintained, so it's a treat to see what's behind the façades. Many are in two of Los Angeles's earliest and richest residential neighborhoods - Pasadena and Hancock Park/Windsor Square - neighborhoods largely unknown outside Southern California. And, there are interesting pairings - two houses designed by Pierpont Davis, two designed by Roland Coate; and two houses owned by the Adamson family, both ornamented with stunning tile work from the family's Malibu Potteries. The text is informative and straightforward, and the photographs, with their natural lighting, give a wonderful sense of what it's like to live in these houses and gardens. It must have been difficult to keep the selection down to 25 houses; a sequel is in order.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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, December 10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat in Texas on May 22, 2011
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This book is well worth the price. I've purchased other California architecture books and this one rates right up there with the best. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the 1920's-1930's architecture of Los Angeles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This sounded like the ideal book for me, obsessed as I am with Los Angeles and very interested in architecture. It's definitely worth a look, but there are a few things that aren't great about this book.

As the name obviously suggests, the subject of the book is the great homes of the Los Angeles region; the majority of the homes featured here are from the Hancock Park area, but there are also a number of classics from Pasadena and one or two as far away as Malibu (the Adamson house, which you can find at the edge of the Malibu Lagoon across the PCH from the Country Mart). One thing worth pointing out is that the period covered by this book is a somewhat arbitrary 1899-1938, so don't expect to see any of the case study houses or other more modern architectural classics here.

The photography by Melba Levick is excellent, and the quality of printing is superb, with everything rendered in very crisp detail and rich colour. For each home you get large, full- or double-page photographs, with important details picked out in separate, smaller photos - stained glass, wood carvings and so on.

The ever-reliable DJ Waldie provides an informative and very readable introductory essay, giving some useful background on the growth of grand homes in the region and the money and personalities behind them. The quibbles I have with the book, such as they are, are with the main body of the text provided by Douglas Woods. Whilst his histories of each home are generally useful they are rather light and conversational in tone; I would have preferred a little more detail on the construction, the materials used, the architectural details, rather than the slightly gossipy background on the architects themselves and the home owners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mark stambal on July 21, 2012
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GORGEOUS BOOK! I WAS BROUGHT UP IN L A AREA AND HAVE SEEN A FEW OF THESE IN PERSON. NOW THEY TRIGGER MEMORIES, IMAGES, AND THE GENERAL FEELING OF THE '50'S. MY PARENTS WERE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND WE WENT TO PERFORMER'S HOMES IN SOUTHERN CAL, FROM THE BREATHTAKING SPANISH ORIGINALS TO THE GREENE AND GREENE CRAFTSMAN STYLES. I REMEMBER ENTERING THEM, BEING HERDED UPSTAIRS WITH THE OTHER KIDS AND PLAYING MONOPOLY WHILE THE ADULTS PLAYED INSTRUMENTS, SMOKED AND MADE GIMLETS. THEN THERE WAS THE SINGING! THEN WE SNUCK DOWN TO SAMPLE THE BOOZE AND FILCH A CIGARETTE. MORE MONOPOLY. THIS BOOK IS A FINE TRIBUTE TO THE AGE OF ELEGANCE THAT WAS AND STILL MAY BE IN CERTAIN COMMUNITIES IN THE L A AREA. PASADENA TO MALIBU, THE HOMES CAN BE A VISUAL AND EMOTIONAL TREAT. I HAVE MANY BOOKS ON THIS SUBJECT AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST.
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