Smith and Williams: George house (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.)



This house was designed for a musician and an artist on a heavily wooded lot that included nearly 50 mature trees, some of which the architects allowed to grow through the eaves, rather than remove. The architects designed the house as two separate buildings—living and sleeping—connected by a short set of stairs flanked by stained glass. The large living room is surrounded by other functions—two studios and a kitchen— that open onto the living room through sliding shojis. A long skylight, visible from the front façade, travels all the way through the house.


Smith and Williams, architects
Marvin Rand, photographer


Smith & Williams records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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