Open House Obsession: Edward Killingsworth’s Dreamy Spalding House In Piedmont, $2MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 143 Calvert Court, Piedmont
When: Saturday/Sunday, May 28/29th from 2:00PM-4:30PM
What: Sensitively updated, this is Edward Killingsworth’s 1965 Spalding House– a delicate, 4-bed, 2.5-bath, 2-story pavilion sited adjacent to a grove of old oak trees.
A star graduate of USC, Edward Killingsworth (1917-2004) was most active in the Los Angeles area and Long Beach. By the time this concise essay in Minimalism was built, he had four completed Case Study Houses under his belt, and would soon be retained by Hilton Hotels to design luxury lodgings in Hawaii and Asia. The Spalding house is the only example of his work in Northern California.
With an aesthetic firmly rooted in the tradition of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Killingsworth gave the Spaldings 10-foot ceilings, cool, elegantly proportioned rooms and walls of glass within a minimalist post+beam frame– a world away from the typically woodsy Bay Area style.
What We Love: Constructed without visible headers, the glass walls and custom sliding doors go from floor to ceiling. Below, a detail of one of the baths with a Killingsworth-designed sink cabinet that’s straight out of the George Nelson playbook.
The current owners have substantially updated the hardscape with new front stairs and new pavers, reflecting pools and water features.
More: Check out the agents’ outstanding dedicated site for the property for additional images and details.