Open House Obsession: This 1948 A. Quincy Jones In Bel Air Needs Your LoveAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 11492 Thurston Circle, Bel Air
When: January 18 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
What: A. Quincy Jones’ 1948 Nordlinger House #1 – because the Nordlingers commissioned another house from him in the mid-’50s – came on the market this week. Being offered as a prime candidate for restoration, the 4-bed, 3.5-bath redwood house has suffered a bit over the years, but the composition of sweeping horizontals and stacked polygons remains intact, along with the inescapable influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Inside, the wall-to-wall shag carpet can be easily removed, but much of the redwood paneling has been painted white. On the plus side, there should be plenty of room to install a new HVAC system above the ceiling.
Two bedrooms, the living spaces, and a maid’s room are on the main floor. With views to downtown LA, the master suite occupies the entire top floor.
Jones’ masterful use of interlocking forms in the stairway is still impressive, but a look at the vintage image below gives an idea of the original– while the triangular steps aren’t covered in shag carpeting, we’re glad the impossibly slim (and now, not-to-code) stair rail survived.
The back of the house is dominated by a sweeping wing on outriggers, shading the patio, and its built-in barbeque.
More: Check out the listing for more images. Jones’ most notable contribution may have been as one of Jospeh Eichler’s architects in the remaking of the American suburbs, and his long career was the subject of a major exhibition in 2013 at the Hammer Museum, plus Curbed LA has a map of notable Jones projects in Los Angeles. For something completely over the top, have a look at Jones’ spectacular 1960s Sunnylands in Palm Springs with interiors by Billy Haines and Ted Graber. And the “A” stands for “Archibald,” but everyone called him Quincy.