Sublime 1961 Post+Beam In Hidden Valley Estates, $10MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Tucked away in the gated celebrity enclave of Hidden Valley Estates in Beverly Hills Post Office, this immaculately restored time capsule, the Rowan Residence, was originally designed and built in 1961 by renowned LA Modernist Robert Skinner. A complex series of interlocking, luminous spaces arranged around an entry courtyard and a skylit spine, this masterwork of Mid-Century domestic architecture was photographed by Julius Shulman in the ‘60s, images that would later be featured in Taschen’s c.2000 Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered.
The Team: A complex and exquisitely detailed renovation takes a dedicated group of design professionals and skilled craftspeople– not to mention deeply committed owners. The renovation of Skinner’s Rowan Residence was led by architect John Bertram of Bertram Architects in collaboration with Sarah Shetter Interior Designer and Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes. The owners acquired the property in 2012 and spent the next two years bringing it fully into the 21st Century before moving in.
Below, the long spine of the entry hall connects the private and public spaces, and runs parallel to the high-ceilinged open kitchen. The original walls are immaculately restored redwood, with cabinets in Douglas fir.
What We Love: The astonishing attention to detail and the willingness to keep so true to the spirit of the original. Below, a detail of the primary bedroom suite.
True to the spirit of California Modernism, there’s a profound connection between indoors and out.
More: Go to the listing for additional images and details. A unique opportunity to own an historic example of California Modernism at its best, represented Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass.
Photo Credits: Juwan Li (top image) all others Adrian Anz for Compass.