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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Could have been a little better 30 décembre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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. Also, like so many books these days, it appears that the publishers didn't see fit to employ a proof reader, as the text is peppered with spelling mistakes, punctuation errors and inaccuracies. We're told that the Griffith Observatory "peaks" at one house, rather than "peeks", that iron grilles "sheild" the doors in one house, and that one home owner tried to "reign in" the urges of her architect. And a landing "foreshadow's" an architect's penchant for a dramatic entry - I guess the author had some spare apostrophes that needed a home.

Anyway, this is a pretty nice coffee table book with some great photography. It could have been improved with a little attention to detail by the editor, and there is a sense of being left wanting more, but perhaps there's a sequel around the corner. Reader who enjoyed this book may want to take a look at The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills, a sumptuous (though expensive) history of the grand mansions of that part of town, with equally impressive photography and much more informative, better-written text.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful representation of Los Angeles's stylistic eclecticism 5 décembre 2010
Par Venice Artichoke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful coffee table book 23 mai 2011
Par Cat in Texas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Most Impressive Architectural Tour of Los Angeles 22 décembre 2010
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ELEGANCE IN STRUCTURES 22 juillet 2012
Par mark stambal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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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