Designed by Josias Th. Joesler:

The structure is still largely intact… It is, however, by no means a time capsule, I know I can get annoying about preservation and the original vision of the architect. So let me annoy you a little – the land has been terraformed. The property slopes down from the front covered in non-native palms. There is a pool below a stone wall. There were extensive murals painted in the house done in a bold deco style – the mural in the living room is gone, now painted a tasteful white. The fireplace surround is no longer clean and minimal but has “Spanish” elements kluged on. It’s all very pretty and luxurious, but, extremely homogenized.

The murals:

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  1. November 15, 2012

    It’s stunning. It captures deco and Spanish hacienda without either being harmed.

    • November 15, 2012

      It was stunning… Now nearly all the land has been sold off and it’s crowded by McMansions, but once upon a time it was splendid.

      • November 15, 2012

        MacMansions! A blight on the face of the earth. And no yards often times…UGH. But this house is beautiful.

      • November 16, 2012

        Sounds like my house 😀

      • November 16, 2012

        In Spain? Or the one you’re thinking of in France?

      • November 16, 2012

        In Spain. We’ve sold off a lot of land, and to be honest sometimes I think about selling off even more.

  2. November 15, 2012

    Do we build anything better today than back then? I don’t think so. Excepting Apple computer.

    • November 16, 2012

      Rarely… And a definite YES on the mighty Apple.

  3. February 12, 2013

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures! Can you tell me the publication these come from? I would appreciate it.

    • February 12, 2013

      Hi Jeri! Yes, I will go to my bookshelves and pull out the volume — I think it was a 1930’s book called, “Modern Decoration” — or something like that. I will get back to you…

    • February 12, 2013

      Here we go, The Arts & Decoration (a magazine) “Book of Successful Houses”, edited by E. D. Wangner, published by Robert M. McBride and Company, 1940.
      You’re very welcome, V

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