Architect Edward Killingsworth is noted for his calm and elegant post-and-beam structures, bringing the outdoors in and his post-war mindset of Southern California Modernism. As far as his designs go, this home he built for himself and his two sons is the pinnacle of his career, a modern masterpiece brimming with grace and class.
Built in 1961 in Long Beach, California, this iconic house takes a step beyond midcentury modern; the timelessness of the design sets the house apart from such classification. However, Killingsworth celebrates the principles of midcentury modern design in all respects
From the street, the elegant facade gives away little indication as to what lies within. Only a small opening leads the way in and trees to both sides shield the entryway. Once through the entry gate, an expansive courtyard opens up, revealing the stunning home.
The courtyard alone is a sight to behold; chic water features, full-sized trees rising from pebble gardens and delicate wooden beam structures adorn the sizeable outdoor area.
Walls of glass provide unobstructed views inside and out, accentuating the idea of seamlessness between indoor and outdoor living. Killingsworth’s brilliance can really be seen in how the spaces are divided into their own segments, all the while maintaining an openness and an air of grandeur throughout the home.
The home is a very dynamically planned complex, due mainly to Killingsworth’s interplay with light, space and transparency throughout the construction.
Like most of the rooms in the house, the master bedroom also carries full glass walls with views to the courtyard. Because of the elegance and scale of the spaces, it’s hard to believe this is a two bedroom, two bath home.
The room for Killngsworth’s sons has been cleverly divided into segments which provide privacy on each side. The sandy tones in both bedrooms flow in perfect harmony with the natural colors of the trees and shrubs that are in constant view through the abundant windows.
The bathrooms also enjoy a great deal of light and follow the natural color palette of the Killingsworth House. The walls and ceilings carry a natural white tone, which are paired with smooth sandy floor tiles. Here too we can remark on Killingsworth’s ingenuity: he included entirely glass walls to provide a flawless indoor/outdoor experience.