Sample Images

mp_0035The Newton Bass residence in Apple Valley, California, designed by architect Francisco Artigas, and photographed in 1960. Bass began developing the Mojave Desert resort community of Apple Valley in the 1950s. His projects included the popular Apple Valley Inn.

mp_0394This undated photograph of the staircase in the Robert Blacker house in Pasadena, California by Greene & Greene, illustrates Maynard Parker’s skillful use of light and shadow to dramatically highlight architectural details.   Jean Murray Bangs, a journalist and vocal champion of Craftsman design, hired Parker to photograph several projects by Charles and Henry Greene. The influence of the Greenes, including the use of natural building materials and site-specific design, can be seen in the work of Bangs’s husband, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris.

mp_1329The living room of the Phyllis Ball and Patricia Paylore residence in Tucson, Arizona, photographed in March 1962. This house was designed by architect Arthur T. Brown for two single professional women. The house was centered around a common living area which also included a dining area open to the kitchen. The bedrooms of the two women mirrored each other, providing built-in desks for home offices and sliding glass doors opening onto a terrace.

mp_0255The hall of the Hilda Boldt Weber residence in Bel Air showing furnishings by interior designer T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, photographed in December 1939.  This grand home, designed by architect James E. Dolena, and similar residences commissioned by Hollywood stars and moguls kept architects like Dolena, Wallace Neff, and Paul R. Williams working on the West Coast through the Great Depression.

mp_0515 The Cecil Birtcher residence in Los Angeles (also known as the Birtcher-Share House) is one of architect Harwell Hamilton Harris’s best known works. Begun in 1942, this home was built from untreated lumber instead of Harris’s preferred redwood, which had become scarce during World War II. In this 1945 photograph, a couple is seen lounging on built-in furniture that serves to separate the main public area of the home into living room, library, and dining room.

mp_0593The lobby of the Earl Carroll Theatre as it appeared in August 1939 during its first year of operation.  Located on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the building now serves as a studio for the Nickelodeon television network. The statue by Martin Deutsch still graces the lobby, though her ribbon of neon is gone.

mp_1423The residence of Alexander Girard and his family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, photographed in 1951.  Girard was working in the textile department of Herman Miller’s Detroit office when he designed this home by linking together two small cottages.  The built-in sofa was attached to a partition separating the living room from Girard’s home studio. Girard’s colorful graphics were deeply influenced by his love of folkart.  Pieces from his own large folkart collection can be seen in the hutch above the sofa.

mp_0786Sleeping areas in the residence of builder and ranch house designer Cliff May, photographed in September 1954.  This home, also know as the Experimental Ranch House and the Skylight Ranch House, had no interior walls.  The partitions in this photograph are actually large storage cabinets on wheels that could be moved to configure rooms of varying sizes and shapes.

mp_0910The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Balloon House in Litchfield Park, Arizona designed by architect Wallace Neff and photographed in March 1945. Wallace Neff is best known today for the ornate homes built for Southern California’s wealthy elite, but he was also interested in affordable, mass produced residences to alleviate the housing shortages of the 1930s and 1940s. His innovative solution was the Bubble House. To create the structure, a large Goodyear balloon was inflated, wire mesh molded around it, and the form sprayed with concrete. The balloon was then deflated and pulled out through a doorway. The houses were extremely cost effective, but their unconventional shape failed to gain popularity.  Only one such house remains in the United States.

mp_1232The formal walkway to the Charles E. McGinley residence was photographed by Parker in April 1941. The house typifies Classical Revival Style architecture of Paul R. Williams in the 1930s and 1940s.  As a young man, Williams, who was African American, was discouraged from becoming an architect.  He nevertheless became extremely successful with a portfolio numbering over 3,000 buildings, including some of the most glamorous homes of the Hollywood elite.


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