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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838493
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In The California Casa, Douglas Woods has authored a love letter of sorts to Spanish Colonial Revival. The book showcases several exceptional homes through more than 300 photographs, revealing the elements unique to the beloved architectural form." ~The Daily News

"This book bestows upon its audience the privilege of feeling like welcomed guests inside these beautiful abodes." ~Sonoma Index-Tribune

About the Author

Douglas Woods, a Los Angeles native, is the author of Classic Homes of Los Angeles. Melba Levick is a widely published and exhibited photographer whose work for Rizzoli appeared most recently in Classic Homes of Los Angeles. Brian Tichenor, a principal at Tichenor & Thorp Architects, is an architect and historian based in Beverly Hills.

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.

http://live.washingtonpost.com/home-front-0327.html

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.



Customer Reviews

It is loaded with hundreds of glorious color photographs depicting a group of beautiful historical houses throughout California.
Lilly Ford
The California Casa is a "must have" for those who appreciate the rich inventory of incredible Spanish Colonial Revival houses in Southern California.
William G. Troiano
My only complaint is that it is almost too big, too heavy to really curl up with, possibly a different format might have worked better.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cat in Texas on March 11, 2012
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I've purchased several books hoping to find exactly what I'm looking for and I've found it. California Casa is the most beautiful book. It has pages and pages of gorgeous Spanish revival homes and gardens. This book is mostly photos and a small amount of text---EXACTLY what I was looking for. Anyone who is interested in this architectural style should have this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By La Verdad on July 26, 2012
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These classic Spanish Colonial Revival homes exude the essence of classic timeless grandeur evocative of a gentler, more peaceful age. They are priceless living antiques. In my opinion, no other architecture has or ever will capture the true essence of a timeless Old World ambiance combined with stylish graceful luxurious living as this genre. When I die, I hope I encounter in the Afterlife homes such as these that were unattainable here on Earth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William G. Troiano on March 10, 2012
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The California Casa is a "must have" for those who appreciate the rich inventory of incredible Spanish Colonial Revival houses in Southern California. The book is filled with lesser known houses designed by some incredibly talented lesser known architects, as well as some of the well known ones as well. The appropriately done superb interior decoration in the majority of the houses is also a joy to see in the very professional and artistic collection of both interior and exterior photographs in the book. Several of the houses have their original kitchens and the current owners have optimized their charm with paint colors and accessories. As a collector of books on California architecture I was definitely impressed with this book and would highly recommend it to all who are interested in architecture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on March 12, 2012
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This book is literary a treasure to own.
It is loaded with hundreds of glorious color photographs depicting a group of beautiful historical houses throughout California.
What makes this book special is its depiction of some lesser known houses rarely or even never published in other books covering the same subject.
Each house is given a brief historical background, then the houses are shown through a series of shots revealing both the interiors and exteriors especially the beautiful gardens and fountains.
All in all a highly recommended book for all fine architecture enthusiasts and would make a beautiful gift or an attractive coffee-table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Child like on March 24, 2012
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The houses in this book are quintessential California. So much beauty, lush gardens, amazing tile work....an inspiring book. My only complaint is that it is almost too big, too heavy to really curl up with, possibly a different format might have worked better. But it is definitely a good book to have if you find enjoyment in this classic style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bear One on October 21, 2013
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I love this book because it has lots of good color photos to illustrate the text. It is a good look at a regional style of architecture suitable for people who like the style and beautiful photographs depicting the subject. I would think more serious students of architecture would also find this book useful too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lease on April 8, 2013
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Own a Spanish Colonial and this book is a wonderful resource on so many levels.

I would recommend it to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By van der Hof on January 6, 2013
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A handsome and wide-ranging book.....some very good restorations of classic Southern Ca Casas and the photos are exellent, especially of tile work and architectural detailing.
Some mistakes: Fornasetti Chandelier is actually Fortuny-the Fornasetti bureau on the previous page was the obviuos reference, a dining room called a living room, etc. Niggling but sloppy.
Worst problem, not not the author's fault: almost every house had mediocre garden design and poor maintenance thus not showing the houses to best advantage. Even more disasterous: without exception every house needed the talents of a good interior designer. All those beautiful rooms saddled with poor colors,fabrics,furnishings. Even for the sake of staying in "period" much more needed to be done with scale,placement,style
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