Open House Obsession: Immaculate Gerard Colcord Restoration in Brentwood, $4MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 429 North Kenter Avenue, Brentwood
When: Sunday, August 17 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
What: A c. 1949, 5-bed, 5.5-bath house designed by architect Gerard Colcord (1900-1984) and recently restored by Tom Boland, an LA designer who specializes in bringing classic homes like this back to life. Colcord’s signature fireplaces remain intact – although the original knotty pine has been whited out throughout the house. At top and below, the living room and study:
Long before the Slow Food Movement, Colcord equipped his dining rooms with huge, Colonial Style kitchen fireplaces. Unlike the original 18th Century versions, this model has a gas grill in addition to wood-burning capacities, and the massive lintel is actually concrete finished to look like wood:
The kitchen’s been updated in the best possible way, keeping Colcord’s original wrought iron hardware, plus his signature cooktop and exhaust hood– although again, the pine has been painted white:
He knew what to do with a nook:
Designed for living well after a brutal war, Colcord’s Colonial Style houses may have been visually formal and traditional, but they were casual in plan, open to the outdoors, and while some of the details date back to the Pilgrim Fathers, the occupants had wet bars and didn’t lack luxurious master suites and closets. Below, a patio off the living and dining rooms as well as the front hall.
That Guy: Bret Parsons, the agent handling the sale, literally wrote the book on Colcord. Colcord had a long career and like Paul Williams, worked in number of styles to satisfy the domestic fantasies of wealthy Angelenos.
More: Check out the listing for additional images, plus designer Tom Boland. For an orgy of knotty pine and intact Colcord details, have a look at this 1949 Colcord house so beloved by its owner he rebuilt it in 1962– after it had burned to the ground.