This 1938 residence was built for Beverly Hills mayor and property developer Edward Paul Dentzel. Designed in a stately French Revival style and inspired by the Screen Deco period popular in Los Angeles during the 1930s, this became the longtime home of famed actress Ann Rutherford. Our remodel restores the house to its original splendor adding new entertaining rooms, spacious family spaces, a grand master suite, a pool house with gym and spa, and a new guest wing over the garage. The interiors by David Desmond maintain the elegant scale of the original rooms and blend Art Deco pieces with contemporary furnishings and the client’s antiques and art.
An extensive remodel of a 1952 midcentury modern house, originally designed by architect Burton A. Schutt for Mr. and Mrs. Nat Goldstone (published in 1954 in Architectural Digest, Vol. XIV, No. 3), has transformed this Beverly Hills estate into a pristine, contemporary custom residence for art collectors. Our program included expanding and streamlining the existing structure to accommodate an extensive art collection by raising ceiling heights and adding a third story to increase the gallery space and bring in more light. The sloping property was reconfigured to include an exercise pavilion and a new pool, and the landscaping redesigned with additional terracing and fountains to create the overall feel of an art gallery in a park-like setting.
Magnolia is inspired by the influential Moderne and Streamlined movement in Colonial Revival architecture that was being practiced in Los Angeles in the late 1920s and 1930s by such architects as Paul Williams and James Dolena and their counterparts further east, including David Adler in Chicago and John Staub in Texas. The house is built around a center hall plan, where the two-story stair hall works as a skylit atrium to bring light deep into the interior. The formal and family rooms are organized around this central feature. The exterior is sheathed in white-painted brick with accents of simplified classical columns and moldings in keeping with streamlined influences.
This stylish residence in Beverly Hills is a restrained interpretation of classical French architecture, with tan handmade brick, limestone moldings and a steep roofline that evokes French manor houses and U.S. domestic architecture of the 1910s and 1920s. With an overscale limestone entry, the house is organized around a center hall plan and two-story stair hall. Formal and family rooms open to each other for ease of entertaining. Interiors are classical, with contemporary furnishings and finishes suited to this young family.
This newly completed residence is based on 1920s and ’30s interpretations of smaller Italian villas, such as Villa Gamberaia outside Florence, as well as the classic estates of Southern California and Florida. The ornate interiors are modeled after period Italian villas and the Palm Beach estates of Maurice Fatio. A two-story stair hall has walls covered in stuc pierre (plaster that imitates limestone), Doric and Ionic columns,hand-forged iron railings and a skylight ceiling with an ironwork grill.
Originally built in 1926 by the architectural firm Camduff and Camduff as one of the partners’ own homes, this Beverly Hills villa is in the California Mediterranean Revival style inspired by Spanish and Mission architecture. Our remodel includes a significant expansion, including a basement and additions to update the house, a new garage and guesthouse, and new gardens.
This expansive hilltop estate is conceived as a Regency Revival house in the grand tradition of the work of John Russell Pope and David Adler. Facades of white brick and grey limestone are embellished with columns and pilasters inspired by The Temple of the Winds in Athens and popular during the Regency period. Interiors reflect the influence of 1920s and 1930s Colonial Revival houses with details blending Regency and Georgian motifs with streamlined Art Deco undertones.
A total remodel of a vintage 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival house that had been badly altered over time. We had this old house that we were completely restoring and the idea was to make it seamless—update it yet retain the charm. Exterior ornament was kept to a minimum to emphasize the main entry and overall architecture. Walls were thickened to give the archways more depth. A second floor was added for an expanded master suite and additional bedrooms, and a basement became a playroom. The elegant interiors evoke the 1920s, with coffered and beamed ceilings, colorful tilework and hand-painted frescoes.