There are several quite striking features to Ken McLeod’s residence that mark it out as an architect’s personal home. Built in 1954 and situated in Claremont, California, the property is currently being considered as a cultural and historical landmark by the County of Los Angeles.
The thing that immediately stands out is the home’s supporting beams. These extend from indoors far into the exterior of the house and stand out in no small part because of the contrast between their dark finish and that of the ceiling panels, stained in a pale varnish. It is a move that recalls Frank Lloyd Wright’s style, and the work of his apprentice Robert Green, which was covered here recently, and it really lends a feeling of strength to the structure.
Besides the beams, the overall shape of the property is distinctly unconventional. A collaboration between architects Criley and McDowell and McLeod culminated in a t-shaped design. This layout aims at both functionality and comfort but leads to the structural elements producing a somewhat chaotic pattern when viewed from outside.
This could be quite jarring by amid the surroundings, where nature has been largely left to its own devices, its quite fitting. Do you live in a mid-century or modernist-inspired contemporary house and want to be featured on MidCenturyHome? Contact us: [email protected]
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