Villa Mezzaluna


Interior Design
Trevor R. Howells
JRC Group
Robert E. Truskowski

The bones of this Italianate villa in Bel-Air remain exactly as Wallace Neff, one of the masters of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Southern California in the first half of the 20th century, created them in 1931. Neff had taken Vignola’s Villa Giulia in Rome as his inspiration for the steep, bowl-shaped site, and used its natural contours to design a semicircular structure whose outermost concave façade faced out over the gardens and views of the Bel-Air Country Club. The scope of our work included adding new windows to lighten the rotunda entrance hall, enlarging the south loggia, enclosing the west loggia to function more like a conservatory, creating a direct garage entry and elevator, redesigning the entire master suite, restoring the exterior and gardens, installing new art lighting and updating the systems.