A. Quincy Jones builds a house for Gary Cooper…

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Yes, that tall Montanan played an architect in one of the most humorless bombastic pieces of drivel ever put on the screen—and by that I mean “The Fountainhead”—but he knew where to go when he wanted to find a real architect and build a home for his family just north of Sunset. Jones was responsible for building some of the most comfortable mid-century homes in the State, he did it with an eye for light, community, and a deft assessment of geography and topography. He and his partner, Frederick E. Emmons, designed this 6,000-square-foot masterpiece for the Coopers in 1953.


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  1. July 24, 2014

    Not a modern archictecture fan but I do appreciate the style of the design of the home for the Cooper’s. Glad I am not the only one who was bored with the film The Fountainhead.

    • July 25, 2014

      It’s lovely and warm, a hard thing to pull of in a space that size! There was a A. Quincy Jones house for sale a few blocks from me about two years ago, 1,600 square feet, and I was really tempted to sell the home I’ve been in for 20 years…

  2. July 24, 2014

    Is it still there? It kind if reminds me of the house that Walter Matthau lived in in Hanging Up. Do you remember that house?

  3. Heather in Arles
    July 26, 2014

    I like your lingo when you speak archi – where did ya pick it up??

    • July 26, 2014

      I love architects and designers! They’re some of my favorite people on earth.

  4. May 7, 2016

    God I loved the Fountainhead. Mad stuff. Wasn’t a fan of Ayn Rand though

    • May 7, 2016

      I think it was originally supposed to be Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, wouldn’t that have been interesting? The film looked gorgeous, as does your site, thanks for dropping by Glamourdaze!

      • May 8, 2016

        Great post, and blog yourself Vickie

  5. May 8, 2016

    Now that is a house I could live in and throw fabulous cocktail parties in!!

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