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Houses of Los Angeles, 1920-1935


Sam Watters
9 x 12 inches, 392 p.p.,
Over 400 color and duotone photographs, landscape and floor plans, 5 double gatefolds.
Cloth, dust jacket� •� $89
ISBN: 978-0-926494-31-2

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From 1920, the population of� Los Angeles more than doubled in a decade as Americans discovered a city made rich by citrus farms, oil, and� Hollywood. New developments—Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills—offered house buyers ocean view lots only twenty minutes from downtown along recently completed Wilshire Boulevard.

The� Los Angeles tradition of architectural innovation and fantastical luxuries reached new heights in the 1920s and 1930s with revivalist and modern residential designs evolving simultaneously. Gordon B. Kaufmann, Wallace Neff, and Roland E. Coate defined the contemporary Mediterranean villa and� Monterey adobe while Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra explored new building techniques and established� Los Angeles as a center of American modernism. It was this interaction of the traditional and the modern that made� Los Angeles architecturally unique.

Houses of Los Angeles,� 1920-1935� is the companion volume to� Houses of Los Angeles,� 1885-1919.� This volume brings together for the first time house and garden plans with over 400 archival color and duotone photographs of downtown residences and mountainside estate houses, built by Hollywood celebrities and Los Angeles innovators including movie stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Marion Davies and publisher William Randolph Hearst, radio innovator and Packard dealer Earle C. Anthony, Union Bank Chairman Ben R. Meyer and Native American art dealer Grace Nicholson.

see alsoHouses of Los Angeles, 1885-1919

buy both volumes together� for $150


SAM� WATTERS� writes and lectures about American house and garden culture. He is the author of books and essays on wide-ranging subjects including cactus theft for suburban gardens, the public gallery in the private house, and photographing Hollywood at home.� Educated at Yale University and the University of Marseilles, he lives in New York and California.


"This beautiful double volume is an invaluable addition to the history of residential architecture in America, especially as it includes interior decorating details of the period, representative landscaping, and many fascinating architectural details. It is full of ideas for landscape designers, architects and decorators who are interested in how these imposing houses were furnished and how people once lived in them."� —�


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